Do I need a home inspection?
You're a busy person. The home buying process can be hectic and stressful. It's hard enough finding the perfect home. Why should you know what is on a home inspection checklist? You don't have time to walk the roof and check the shingles, or to check every plug receptacle, or to make sure your oven is working. How can you make sure you're not walking into a headache? Relax, that's where we come in.
Ok, but what IS on a home inspection checklist?
Good question. Our home inspection checklist includes the five major components of your home:
- Structural | The foundation, the roof, walls, floors, ceilings, windows, etc. etc.
- Electrical | Your panel boxes. Your branch circuits.
- HVAC | The air conditioner. The heater.
- Plumbing | Your water distribution system. Your plumbing fixtures.
- Appliances | Oven, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher, Exhaust fans, Microwaves
- Amenities | The lawn sprinkler, the pool, the spa, any outbuildings on the property
We look for deficiencies in those components and provide you with a report with our findings. It's important to remember that a home inspection checklist isn't about finding every single thing wrong in a home, nor is it a repair list. What it is providing you is a helpful report that gives you an idea of the general condition of the home, and a starting point for what you can expect from the home.
No matter what your need, is we can help.
Sounds like a lot of stuff, should I be there?
I heard some home inspectors don't like their clients on site because it takes longer...
We recommend that all of our clients join us on the home inspection. Not only does it give you some time to spend in the home you're about to purchase; but it allows us to physically show you things that we run across and answer any questions you might have while we are all out there. After we're done with the inspection, we like to sit down and go over our findings with you and your agent.
That way you can get started on your next steps before you even get the report.
That sounds really complicated and technical...
Not to worry. One thing we try to achieve is to make our reports easy to understand for everyone. A picture is worth a thousand words, so we try and include many pictures so you have a reference point in a single document. Even then, sometimes something can still be hard to understand. That's why we carry our business phone with us everywhere, and strive to be accessible to any future, current, or past clients at any time. We sometimes get calls years later from homeowners who have maintenance questions, and are always available to set aside time for you.