INSPECTION SERVICES

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the structure and systems of a home, from the rooftop to basement. A home inspection summarizes the overall condition of a property, lists needed repairs, identifies potential future problems, and may recommend further evaluation or remedies.

Buyers and sellers depend on an accurate and detailed inspection in order to have a much clearer understanding of the value and needs of the property, and to make intelligent decisions before executing a sale or purchase agreement.

At the Home Examiner, we know that buying or selling a home can be stressful. Our job is to provide buyers and sellers with peace of mind, but our findings can have the opposite effect! That’s why we work hard to make sure you’re comfortable with the entire process, from the written report and environmental reports, to the post-inspection walk-through and seller’s disclosure.

A professional inspection will show homebuyers the true condition of the home they are planning to purchase. Few homes are perfect, and a detailed home inspection provides valuable information so that buyers can make an informed purchase decision. The Home Examiner will inspect the home, prepare a detailed, printed report on the condition of the home, and walk the buyer through the home to review the findings.

Home sellers who want top dollar for a property often have an inspection performed before listing its sale. A pre-listing home inspection will find items in need of service or repair before the home is put on the market. A home in top condition is easier to list, may attract better offers, and can help reduce the time and stress involved in negotiation and closing.

Performed prior to the expiration of your builder’s home warranty, a new home warranty inspection helps you take advantage of your home warranty. It assures that necessary repairs guaranteed under the builder’s warranty are executed, should damage or problems be discovered.

Home sellers who want top dollar for a property often have an inspection performed before listing its sale. A pre-listing home inspection will find items in need of service or repair before the home is put on the market. A home in top condition is easier to list, may attract better offers, and can help reduce the time and stress involved in negotiation and closing.

 

Home Inspections – What Really Matters

An inspection report most often contains maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. In other cases a report will address issues that really matter, which will fall into four categories:

  • Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure.
  • Things that lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak, for example.
  • Safety hazards, such as exposed, live electrical wiring or a gas leak.
  • Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home.

If your inspection reveals anything in these four categories it should be addressed to protect both life and property. For sellers, an inspection can reveal defects that could negatively impact your home’s sale. Buyers must realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report, deferred cost items, conditions already listed on the disclosure statement, or minor items.

In the end, remember: No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. And remember why you love the house so much.