What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is simply an assessment of the home. This inspection is conducted by a qualified and trained home inspector. Seventy-two percent of Americans believed that their home inspection before the purchase of their home helped them avoid potential issues with their home, according to a survey by the American Society of Home Inspectors. The home inspection is a visual inspection of the performance of your home. A home inspection is generally accompanied with two documents. A pre-inspection agreement and an inspection report. The home purchaser can then use the findings from the home inspection to make a knowledgeable decision about the purchase or sale of the home.

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A home inspector can make or break a sale for both sellers and buyers. It’s why, no matter whether you’re buying or selling, the home inspection process can be somewhat terrifying! For sellers, it’s a stark reminder of the nagging issues you might have turned a blind eye to over the years. And for buyers, it’s a recipe for pure heartbreak. Falling in love with a home that might just end up making no sense to buy. But don’t let the inspection stress you out. And remember, that’s not what your home inspector wants either. All they want is a comprehensive to-do list and a happy client. So form a team with your home inspector to make the process easier and more effective. Knowledge is key!

Move your pets. We know your puppy is adorable, but even if your home inspector loves dogs or cats, pets running underfoot makes the job much more difficult. Inspections often require opening exterior doors again and again, offering pets far too many opportunities to dash to freedom.

Don’t forget to clean. Whether you plan on being there for the inspection or not, make sure to clean up beforehand. No, you don’t need to scrub appliances. An inspector won’t ding you because your stove’s grimy. But all that clutter? Yeah, that’s all got to go.

Your home will have problems Your home inspector will likely come up with a seemingly endless list of problems after the walk-through. Don’t panic! Almost anything can be fixed. There are a few starkly frightening home inspection terms that seem to be in everyone’s vocabulary: mold, radon, and asbestos. And yes, they’re scary, but no scarier than a roof that needs replacing.

One thing you should worry about is water. Here’s one problem we give you permission to stress out about (just a little): water. No, it’s not a deal breaker (remember that part where we wrote almost anything can be fixed?). But it’s important to address any water-related issues before the deal closes. Make a note of issues such as puddles and leaky ceilings. And give special attention to the basement. Addressing water problems in the basement can be an expensive and difficult proposition.

Home inspectors can’t predict the future. You might want to know how many more years the roof will be functional. While your inspector might be able to give you a rough estimate, they can’t give you a precise timeline.

Find the balance between your heart and brain. It’s easy to forget your love for the home when you’re counting the dollar signs and hours you might have to spend on repairs. But just remember to take a deep breath, think rationally, and consider whether it’s a smart investment in your future. Barring any major renovations needed, such as a new roof or mold removal, your inspector’s visit will simply provide a to-do list. But not everything needs fixing immediately, so don’t let a long list dampen your love for the home. Just take things one at a time.

What is Thermal Imaging?

We include Thermal Images of the home with our report. Thermal imaging simply measures temperature differences using infa-red radar. Blues display cool and yellow/red display warm areas. Why is this important? We can see electrical component shorts that are to hot or open circuits that are cold not obvious to the eye. Inspection of attic insulation leaking cold air, plumbing fixtures leaking, radiant floor system issues, and moisture leaks from the roof, are just a few of the benefits of this great technology.

Unseen and Unpredicted Problems

You can fall in love with a home for various reasons. You might love the size of the home, the open floor plan, the home’s exterior or the layout of the kitchen. While the home may look to be in excellent shape, the home’s aesthetics can hide real problems. You need an inspector to climb into the attic and inch around in the crawl space. The inspector can discover real problems that are not always apparent when you view the home with a real estate agent.

Knowledge is Power

If you are purchasing or selling a home, having all the information about your investment is important.  We provide the necessary information that will help you with your decisions.

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