An inspection is a visual inspection of the readily accessible structure and components of the building, to find items that are not performing correctly, or are unsafe. If a problem or a symptom of a problem is found, the inspector will include a description of the problem in a written report, and may recommend further evaluation or repair by a licensed contractor.
Why are inspections important?
Emotion often affects the buyer, and makes it hard to imagine any major problem with their home or commercial property. Buyers need an inspection to find all the possible problems, before the inspection contingency period ends.
Home and commercial building seller inspections.
More and more sellers are choosing to have a thorough inspection before or when they first list their property for sale. First and foremost, you should have an inspection for full disclosure. You will have demonstrated that you did all you could do to reveal any defects within the structure. Secondly, you will save money and hassle by knowing what the defects are, not after you have already negotiated and are faced with costly repairs discovered at the buyer’s inspection. Defects found before the buyer comes along allow you to shop around for a contractor, and not deal with inflated estimates that a buyer will present.
What if the inspection report reveals problems?
All buildings, even new construction have problems. Every problem has a solution. Solutions vary from a simple fix of the component, to adjusting the purchase price. Having an inspection performed allows the problem to be addressed before the sale closes escrow.
What does an inspection include?
An inspector’s report will review the condition of the building heating system, central air conditioning system, interior and exterior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic, and insulation; floors, walls, ceilings, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure. We also offer additional services not included in a typical inspection, such as termite inspections, from our licensed wood destroying insect inspector, and thermal imaging.
What should I NOT expect from a home or commercial inspection?
Should I attend the inspection?
It is very helpful and beneficial to be at the property, so the inspector can explain in person, and answer any questions you may have. This is an excellent way to learn about your new property even if minimal concerns are found. Be sure to give the inspector time and space to concentrate and focus, so he can perform the best possible inspection for you.
What is a home warranty?
A home warranty does protect you against components that fail in the future. You may have to pay a deductible or service call fee when you have a problem. If you choose to purchase a home warranty, be sure to qualify coverage of your problem over the phone with the warranty company, before they send a repairman. If you do not, you may find out that your problem is not covered, and you still must pay the deductible or trip service fee. If you have an inspection and you know your air conditioner, or other major component is old, you may be better off to buy a home warranty. We recommend you look closely at what is NOT covered in warranty company policies, as you compare prices.