TYPES OF HOME INSPECTIONS

Pre-Purchase Home Inspection

A pre-purchase home inspection is a home inspection performed before the purchase of a property and is conducted on behalf of the buyer(s). Typically, the buyers will want to schedule a home inspection from a home inspector after an initial offer has been preliminarily accepted. A pre-purchase inspection will reduce the risk of costly surprises and help in budgeting future costs associated with maintaining the home. Help optimize your investment and take advantage of a Certified Professional Home Inspector.

New Construction Home Inspection

New Construction Home Inspections are home inspections done on the homebuyer’s behalf when the finished home is almost ready to be delivered. One of the biggest misconceptions about newly built homes is that they are free of issues. There is so much involved with building a home that it is nearly impossible for the builder to carefully check all phases of construction. This is why it is beneficial for the buyer to hire a professional home inspector that is looking out for your best interest. This will ensure that most, if not all, last minute items have been completed prior to your closing. At the conclusion of the home inspection, a completed report will be distributed to you. A new-construction inspection covers all major systems.

Investor Property Inspection

Investor property inspections are performed prior to purchase as well as periodically during ownership. Pre-purchase inspections are performed to identify defects prior to taking ownership to negotiate repairs or price adjustments which reflect the condition of the property. Periodic inspections for properties currently in your portfolio would ensure the identification of needed repairs following a long term tenant’s departure. Long-term tenants sometimes neglect to mention repairs and/or abuse the property during their tenancy. Identifying those problems early is the key to profitable ownership and provides peace of mind when geographically separated from property.

Pre-Listing Home Inspection

A Pre-listing home inspection is a home inspection paid for by the seller before a house is listed on the market.  If you’re selling a property, you want to make a good impression and this means doing your best to reduce the number of items noted as deficient in the home inspection supplied by your certified home inspector. Read this article from InterNACHI about the advantages of a Pre-Listing Home Inspection.

1-Year Warranty Home Inspection

1 year warranty home inspections are home inspections performed prior to the expiration of the one year builder warranty; typically within the 10-11 month time frame. The inspection will be performed to verify that proper building techniques were used and that the various components of the home were properly installed and properly operating. This is the last opportunity the future home owner will have to report any defects and/or concerns to the builder. You will be presented with a completed report at the end of the inspection to assist in the communication process with the builder.

Drone Inspection

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My Definition of The Home Inspection Process:
It could be just simply defined as an extra set of trained and caring eyes examining your future home.  But it is more than that!  During the inspection process the home inspector is noting the concerns for each system, while simultaneously compiling all the information to check issues that may exist between systems. If the clients are present at the time of the inspection (highly recommended) the inspector gives them a quick summary focusing primarily on the major concerns.  The inspector then creates a detailed report that represents a very accurate snapshot of the current condition of the property and home and submits it to the buyers.  The buyers then closely review the report (highly recommended) making sure they fully understand the inspector’s interpretation of the condition of their future home. Most importantly, the buyers need to understand that it is more than acceptable to call the home inspector to ask for final clarification before you close.
What We Inspect

Roofs

  • general structure
  • roof-covering materials
  • gutters
  • downspouts
  • vents
  • flashing, skylights
  • chimney(s)
  • other roof penetrations

Lower Levels-Floors

  • foundation
  • basement
  • crawlspace
  • structural components

Electrical

  • the service drop
  • overhead service conductors and attachment point
  • service head, gooseneck and drip loops
  • the service mast, service conduit and raceway
  • electric meter and base
  • service-entrance conductors
  • main service disconnect
  • panelboards and over-current protection devices (Circuit breakers and fuses)
  • service grounding and bonding
  • a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles
  • all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers
  • smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors

Cooling

  • cooling system, using normal operating controls
  • delta of air temperature
  • model and serial number
  • approximate age of cooling system
  • area surrounding the cooling system
  • visible cooling system components

Attic, Insulation & Ventilation

  • insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas
  • ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas
  • mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area
  • visible rafters, collar ties, trusses, and purlins

Exterior

  • exterior wall-covering materials, flashing and trim
  • exterior doors
  • adjacent walkways and driveways
  • stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps
  • porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports
  • railings, guards and handrails
  • eaves, soffits and fascia
  • a representative number of windows
  • moisture intrusion caused by vegetation
  • surface drainage
  • retaining walls
  • grading of the property

Heating

  • heating system, using normal operating controls
  • model and serial number
  • approximate age of heating system
  • filter(s)
  • energy source

Plumbing

  • main water supply shut-off valve
  • main fuel supply shut-off valve
  • water heating equipment and components
  • venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves
  • interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets
  • all toilets for proper operation by flushing
  • all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage
  • drain, waste and vent systems
  • drainage sump pumps with accessible floats

Fireplace

  • readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys
  • lintels above the fireplace openings
  • damper doors by opening and closing them
  • cleanout doors and frames
  • gas fireplace(s) operation

Doors, Windows & Interior

  • a representative number of doors and windows
  • floors, walls and ceilings
  • stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps
  • railings, guards and handrails
  • garage vehicle door(s), using normal operating controls
Source for above detailed list information came from: International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection

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