What is a home inspection and why do I need to get one?
A home inspection is a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home to find items that are not performing correctly or is unsafe. The buyer is then given a written report with a description of the home’s components and the problems that may exist within the home. This information should not be viewed as a check list of all things that need to be done before the home is purchased. My reports describe areas that are in need or repair or replacing as well as things that should be improved in the future and areas to monitor for potential issues in the future. I try to give you a thorough report of the home that you are looking to purchase.
What does the home inspection include?
A home inspector’s report will review the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing, electrical systems, roof, attic (when accessible), visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement, and visible structure. Additional inspections can be included at an additional cost such as: well flow and water purity, septic dye test, and pest inspection.
What not to expect from the inspection.
The home inspection is a visual inspection only. We do not move appliances or furniture, pull up carpets or look behind closed walls. In most cases the homes are still occupied and we do our best to find as many issues as possible without disturbing the personal items within the house. The inspection should not be considered a warranty against future problems. There is no way to guarantee that a system will not fail shortly after the inspection. That is what a home warranty is for. Finally, the inspection is not a code inspection. We do not pass or fail a home, we simply provide a detailed report of the structure and components of the house and it is up to the buyer to determine what they need to repair.