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Not All Home Inspection Companies Are The Same
When it comes to making a decision about buying a home, it’s important to get as much information as you possibly can. That’s why a home inspection is great idea in the first place.
But, how do you find a good home inspector? We suggest you start with a phone consultation and ask a lot of questions. While this isn’t a comprehensive list, we suggest you start with questions like:
- How long have you been a home inspector?
- What is your process of inspecting a house?
- What kind of documentation will there be?
- What kind of training/certification do you have?
You always want to hire a home inspector with experience and a certification like InterNACHI (the International Association Of Certified Home Inspectors). This gives you the credibility that you need to be comfortable in knowing that you’re getting as much information as possible about the home you’re considering buying.
The Three Stages of Home Inspection
A home inspector is someone you hire to become a trusted advisor related to purchasing a home. That’s why it’s important to understand the process of what a good home inspection involves.
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There are a lot of people out there calling themselves home inspectors, so it can be tough to know who to hire. We have the experience and expertise to make hiring us a smart investment.
The Details Of A Home Inspection
A home inspection is a comprehensive top to bottom check of all aspects of a home. All inspections will be performed by licensed professionals who are detail oriented and will always give you the best home evaluation possible. Home inspections cover hundreds of different details throughout a home as listed below.
- Garage Doors, safety sensors, and openers
- Ventilation and insulation
- Fireplace damper door and hearth
- AFCI’s and GFCI’s
- Bonding and Grounding
- Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
- Main disconnect and service amperage
- Meter box and electrical service line
- Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
- Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
- Water heating system
- Main water shut-off valves
- Heating systems
- Cooling systems
- Water penetration and foundation movement
- Basement, foundation and crawlspace
- Drainage and grading
- Eaves, offsite and fascia
- Decks, porches, stoops, walkways and railings
- Chimney, skylight, and other roof penetrations
- Gutters and downspouts
- Roof, vents, flashings and trim
- And much more…
5 Reasons You Should Always Get a Home Inspected Before Purchase.
There are many reasons why skipping a home inspection is a bad idea when purchasing a home. However, there are five major reasons to always spend the extra money to have one done before purchasing. Here is our list of reasons to get a home inspection:
Home Inspections Provide You An Out: Having a home inspected it reveals information about the property that is critical to know as the buyer. This will inform you about any additional costs, maintenance, or repairs that could be required immediately. Knowing this information gives you the ability to make a more well-educated decision on your purchase and even the ability to back out of the deal entirely if that’s what’s best for you.
Inspections Uncover Safety Issues: Home inspections could reveal dangers such as carbon monoxide, radon, and mold which all homes need to be tested for.
Information Is Power: The third reason you should always have a home inspected before purchase is because an inspection report is a powerful negotiating tool. This provides you the opportunity to request a price reduction or ask for repairs before purchase. Your realtor will be able to help you through the negotiating process to receive the best deal possible.
Identify Any Deal Breakers: Another reason to get a qualified home inspection is to determine deal-breakers and identify the extent of extra money you are willing to put into a house in order to make it acceptable to your standards. This will let you decide whether you should move forward with your home purchase or explore other options.
Protect your investment: Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make in your life. Getting a proper inspection will allow the inspector to give you tips on how to maintain and repair your home to save you thousands of dollars in the long run. This will ultimately keep your home in quality condition without breaking the bank.
Having your home inspected is always a good idea whether you’re purchasing a new home, or simply giving your current home a checkup. It can help save you thousands of dollars in expenses as well as make you aware of any issues within your home that way you can have them repaired before they ultimately become a much bigger problem. Give us a call and let us get your home inspected and help you protect your investment before it’s too late.
TYPES OF HOME INSPECTION PROCESSES
It’s important to understand that there are different types of home inspection. First and most important, is the general inspection of the house. A certified home inspector will examine the features of the house such as its structure, the exterior, the interior, roofing, electrical installations, plumbing, HVAC, insulation, and ventilation. Once the inspection is completed, the home inspector will provide you with a report suggesting certain improvements or repairs deemed necessary to fix to meet the right standards. This report could be a great tool in further negotiations with the seller.
Another home inspection process you may want to have is a termite/wood destroying organism inspection. The inspector would check for signs of structural damage caused by insects which could cause significant problems down the road.
Other inspections you may consider before purchasing a home are water testing, oil tank testing, septic tank testing, a radon gas test, indoor air quality test, etc.
At Champion Home Inspection, we’re standing by ready to help you with any type of home inspection you need. Call us and let’s get started today.