A home inspection covers all readily accessible areas of the home and focus on the condition of systems and components relative to general maintenance, structural integrity, occupant health and safe usage. The report provided describes the systems and components inspected which are significantly deficient or near the end of their service lives, in the professional opinion of the inspector. If not self-evident, report includes an explanation of the potential causes of the deficiencies and recommended corrective actions.
No House is Perfect
Even brand new homes have flaws. But that doesn't mean you should give up the search for your dream home. It does mean that when you find the right house, you need to go one step further and find out what problems are present and what the implications are. Buying a house is one of the biggest investments most people will ever make, so it makes good sense to have it checked out by a professional.
Why have a home inspection performed?
The unknown can be a source of anxiety for any home buyer. A home inspection is for buyers who want to know the true condition of the house. After deciding that a home is suitable in terms of location, size, interior layout and other lifestyle factors, it is also important to learn about the mechanical features.
Some of the items covered during an inspection are:
- What (if any) work is necessary to ensure structural integrity?
- What type of roof covering is present and what is the condition?
- Is the chimney sound, safe and functional?
- What type of Heating and Cooling system(s) are present and what is the condition?
- Is the electrical panel properly wired; are there any special safety concerns?
- Are the insulation levels adequate?
- Is the fireplace functional, safe?
- What is the general condition of the exterior house envelope?
- What is the general condition of the interior, including operational status of windows and doors?
- Crawl Space – moisture and/or structural problems
Our custom inspection reports will identify the systems and components, where to find them in the home, their observed condition and what, if any, recommended corrective action (repair, further evaluation, monitor for future repair), and the time frame in which the action should take place.
Click here to view a sample of our custom inspection reports.
How long does it take?
The time to perform a thorough Home Inspection and produce a comprehensive Report will vary according to the size, age and condition of the house. Other influential factors are the accessibility (or lack thereof) of the roof, attic and crawl space. For example, a 15 year old, 2500 square foot house on a crawl space, takes about 4 hours to inspect and finish the report.
Can I follow the inspector and ask questions as we go?
Absolutely. It is important for you to understand how the house works from an operational standpoint. By attending the inspection, you are able to see first-hand the conditions that will be described in the report. It also allows the inspector to show you what to do in case of emergency regarding the electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. If you have any particular concerns about the property, this is the time to get answers. A good inspector will encourage questions and take the time to explain things so that you can be more comfortable with your decision to purchase the home. For that reason alone, it is important that you attend the inspection.
American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
It is important that you choose your inspection company carefully. There is a professional body that oversees its membership called the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Membership requires a passing grade on a series of examinations, annual upgrading of education and adherence to the strict Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. If you choose an inspector who is not a member, you run the risk of getting a less than adequate (or accurate) inspection report.
How much lead time is required to book an inspection?
You should allow yourself at least 3 business days to be sure of arranging a time that works for everyone involved.
The purchase of a home is one of the most exciting and important decisions you'll make and you can't afford to gamble on the outcome. So, before you buy your next house, let Anderson Home Inspection, LLC examine it first.
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