The purchase of a new home is one of the single most costly investments that a family will make. Along with the extra stresses, this will add, there is also the fear factor of, “Will this home stand the test of time?” It is also important to know what YOU, as the primary investor, are getting for your money. A home inspection is an excellent tool for you, the home buyer, to help determine not only the condition of the home but to also help foresee any immediate unnecessary additional cost that may go unnoticed without the help of a home inspection. Home inspections are not a prediction of future performance but can pinpoint existing problem areas.
Why can’t I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?
This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other. Professional inspectors get what we call an inspector’s instinct for problems. That instinct takes extensive training and lots of experience doing inspections to develop. Many contractors and other trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.
Why do I need an inspection?
Home inspections can help home buyers avoid major repair issues such as leaking roofs or cracked foundations.
Do I need a home inspection when my bank is having the home appraised?
Yes! A home appraisal is an independent evaluation of the current market value of a home or property. A home inspector conducts a thorough evaluation of the home’s major systems and structural integrity. Whereas the appraiser is typically working for the bank, the home inspector is working for you. The home inspector identifies items that need replacement or repair prior to closing, which can save you thousands of dollars.
How The Process Works
Do you go on the roof during an inspection?
Yes, even if there is snow on the roof, in most cases we can still get on the roof. In extreme cases, we will either come back another day or we will inspect the roof by moving our ladder around the home.
What areas do you cover during a home inspection?
We thoroughly inspect the roof, exterior, foundation, attic, garage, basement, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and appliances.
How do I pay for my inspection?
You can pay online through our secure system, or you can pay with cash, check, or credit card during the inspection.
How long does the home inspection take?
Most Inspections take about 2 hours in addition to report preparation time. These times may vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home.
Can/Should I attend the inspection?
A: We recommend that you be present, in most cases near the end of the inspection, however you are welcome to be present from start to finish.
Does the home inspection include the hot tub or pool?
We typically refer these types of inspections out to reputable pool companies.
Do you test the water/well or inspect septic systems?
We inspect for leaks. We don’t do water sampling. Houses with wells or septic tanks require a separate inspection that is usually covered by the seller.
Is led testing included?
A led paint test would be extra. Please call our office for more information. (616) 616-396-9659
Do you inspect for termites at the time of the inspection?
If termite damage is found, we refer these inspections out to our sister company Empire Pest Control.