What is a Home Inspection

What is a Home Inspection?

The Home Inspection is an unbiased, professional assessment of the condition of the home. It will provide you an expert opinion and professional report on the condition of the physical structure and various systems within a house. 

In order to write the report, an inspector must perform a visual inspection of the home. The inspection process typically takes about 3 hours to complete. This of course may vary, according to the size and condition of the home. We strongly encourage you to accompany the inspector at least during the end of the inspection for a thorough review along with questions and answers about the inspection. This will give you a chance to better understand the findings become more familiar with the systems of the home.

We will inspect all the structural elements and systems of the home. Items that will typically be included in an inspection are:

1. Foundation
2. Roofing 
3. Exterior, walls, siding, grounds, etc... 
4. Porches and decks 
5. Attic 
6. Electrical systems 
7. Plumbing systems 
8. Interior 
9. Doors and windows 
10. Heating and air conditioning systems 
11. Ventilation 
12. Fireplaces 

Additional items and systems unique to a particular home can also be inspected – Please ask for any and all unique systems, situations, etc. 
Once the inspection is complete, we will discuss with you problems that we discovered. We will also discuss with you about any routine maintenance, preventive repairs and general tips that should be performed or considered as well as answer any questions you may have. You’ll also receive a complete written report of the inspection.

Our goal is to discover and inform you of those items we find that might affect your purchase decision. We will tell you about problems we find, and make repair recommendations. We will also inform you of what maintenance tasks are required to keep the home and its systems in the proper condition.

If you are buying a home with a septic tank, you should consider having it inspected by a professional septic contractor. Our standard home inspection does not include this type of specialized, intrusive inspection. To properly inspect the system, the contractor will need to dig holes to access the underground parts of the system. This will include inspecting the tank, as well as the leach field.

It makes good sense to have the tank pumped at the time of this inspection. A professional septic contractor can perform both the inspection and pump the tank, killing two birds with one stone and assuring that you begin with an empty tank and a system that has been inspected. Often, you can negotiate with the seller to have them pay for the pumping.
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