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July 31, 2017

Is it necessary to inspect a brand new home?


Even experienced homebuyers sometimes make this rookie mistake. They assume that because a home has passed all local codes and ordinances, it must be in good shape. Don't assume your builder or the contractors did everything right just because the home passed building code inspections. For example, a brand new home that had just passed the final municipal and county building inspections was recently sold from the builder to the home buyer. The home inspector explored the crawl space beneath the house, and discovered someone had removed about 3 feet of the home's main support beam to accommodate duct work. The moral of the story: An inspector is your last line of defense against major defects that could quite literally sink your financial future.


Should I be present at the time of the inspection?


While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.


How much should a home inspection cost?


When you choose an inspector, you're selecting the professional who will give one of your biggest investments a full physical checkup. You want to choose someone you know who is competent, thorough, and trustworthy. Unfortunately, too many buyers just go with the cheapest inspection company or the one recommended by their Realtor. In my experience, the least expensive person is often the person with the least experience, ability, and technical savvy, Always ask about licensing, professional affiliations, credentials, and whether the inspector carries errors and omissions insurance.


Can a home inspector make a mistake?


No matter how experienced or skilled your home inspector is, he can't see the future. Home inspectors can't specifically predict when an aging system will fail. For example, a home inspector can tell you that an air conditioning system like the one in the home you're buying usually only lasts 10 years and it's currently 11 years old, but he can't tell you when it will fail.


Remember, the home inspector is hired by you. He's there to give you an honest, straight opinion about the house. The inspector is one of the few people in the buying process whose income doesn't depend on the home closing. They're paid to inspect, not to sell. So they're in a better position to be neutral.

How long will the inspection take?


The average home inspection will take between 2 to 4 hours depending on the condition and size of the property.

What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?


We provide a fully detailed inspection report. The full report is available within 24 hours of the inspection.


What are ASHI & InterNACHI Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice?


Please click here to review the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

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