About Home Inspections
WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
It is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house from the roof to the foundation. This includes new construction as well as existing homes.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL HOME INSPECTION INCLUDE?
Your home inspection report will cover the condition of the home's HVAC system, interior plumbing system, electrical system, the roof, attic and visible insulation, the ceilings, floors, windows and doors, and the foundation, basement and structural components. Your inspection is conducted according to InterNACHI standards of practice and their code of ethics.
WHAT IS INTERNACHI?
InterNACHI stands for the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and is the world's leading association for home inspectors. Visit nachi.org/about.htm for more information.
WHY DO HOME BUYERS NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
Buying a home is a significant investment and a quality home inspection assists the buyer in learning as much as they can about the home. A home inspection can identify the need for immediate repairs and systems that will require watchful maintenance based on their age and condition. This enables the buyer to make decisions with confidence.
AS A POTENTIAL BUYER, CAN I BE PRESENT FOR THE HOME INSPECTION PROCESS?
Absolutely and in fact we encourage you to take part in the process. A typical home inspection make take several hours based on the size and scope of the inspection. We will require you to follow a strict safety protocol during the inspection.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE HOME INSPECTION?
The home inspector will use the latest mobile technology and software during the inspection to capture the detail for each of the major systems and any special considerations identified in the pre inspection agreement. Depending on weather and safety conditions, the home inspector will perform a thorough visual and hands-on evaluation for each system.
WHO RECEIVES THE HOME INSPECTION REPORT FROM THE HOME INSPECTOR?
Only the buyer or the individual who orders the home inspection will receive the home inspection report directly. This is an agreement for services between these two parties and does not necessarily include a realtor or the seller.
REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR YOUR HOME INSPECTION...
While comprehensive, the home inspector performs a non-invasive examination of the condition of the home. They report what they become aware of or visually examine during the day of the inspection. It is recommended that the buyer take this into consideration during the buying process.
HOW DOES A NEW CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION DIFFER?
We recommend a series of three separate inspections during the new build process. The first step is a foundation inspection that occurs just prior to the foundation being poured. The second step is a framing inspection prior to the drywall installation. The third step is the final inspection which is the same as the one your would receive for an existing home.