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What Is A “Home Inspection”?

A home inspection is an objective VISUAL examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. It is NOT a report that tells you whether or not you should buy the home. Our inspections are impartial and given with integrity, fidelity and without bias to all parties.


What Does It Include?
The full service home inspection report will review the condition of the home’s heating & air conditioning system (temperature permitting), plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure. It will also include educational material that is helpful in maintaining and/or repairing a home.
    
Why Do I Need A Home Inspection?
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. Would you purchase a new $500,000.00 home without an inspection? Surprisingly many people do. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase.


If you are planning to sell your home, you should have an inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer’s inspector, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
    
What Will It Cost?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, its age, and possible additional services, such as septic, well, or radon testing. It is a good idea to check local prices on your own.


However, do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection, or in the selection of your home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. The inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration.
    
Can A House Fail Inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home or current home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.
    
Rescheduling
In the event an inspection has to be rescheduled, we ask that you notify our office at least 1 business day prior to the inspection date/time. 
    
Are There Any Areas You Do Not Inspect?
Yes. Any areas that cannot be accessed safely and without physical damage to the property. Of particular concern to many clients is inspecting the roof. We make every attempt to access all roofs. We use drones to photograph roofs, as long as they're not within the no-fly zone. Generally, we cannot access roofs (via a ladder) that are more than 2 stories above the point of access (a deck, lower roof etc.) and in inclement weather. We also do not inspect pools, wells, and septic systems.
    

When will I get my inspection report?
The inspection report is issued within 24-48 hrs of the inspection completion time.
    
Do you perform inspections for homeowners before selling or considering selling?
Yes, please take a look at the services section of our website. A full inspection can be used to sell your property by documenting all aspects of the home. It can be sent via email, posted to a website or printed and bound for an open house.

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