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What is a Home Inspection?
A Home Inspection is a visual examination of the structure of homes and properties.
If you are thinking of buying a home or commercial building, it should be inspected thoroughly by an experienced and unbiased professional inspector.
What Does A Home Inspection Include?
A Home Inspection includes a visual examination of the buildings from top to bottom.
The inspector evaluates the condition of the structure, roof, drainage, and water leaks – both incoming and out going. Walls, windows, doors, leaks – visible, water drainage, external walls, pool operations, walkways, stairs and patios. Only those items that are visible and accessible, by normal means are included in the report.
When Do I Request A Home Inspection?
The best time to consult Home Inspection is right after you have made an offer to purchase. Ask the estate agent to write a clause into the contract that the Home Inspection Report is part of the condition of sale.
Can A Property “Fail” A Home Inspection?
No. A professional Home Inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective property purchase. An inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a building, but will simply describe the condition and indicate which items will be in need of repair or replacement.
What If The Home Inspection Report Reveals Problems?
If the Home Inspection Report finds problems in the building, it does not necessarily mean that you should not buy it, only that you are made aware of what type or repairs to anticipate.
A seller may be willing to make repairs because of significant problems discovered by the Home Inspection. If your budget is tight, or if you do wish to become involved in future repair work, you may decide that this is not the property for you. The choice is yours.
If The Home Inspection Report Is Favourable, Did I Really Need A Home Inspection?
Definitely! Now you can complete your purchase with peace of mind about the condition of the property. You may have learned a few things about your property from the Home In section Report, and will want to keep it for future reference. Above all, you can be rest assured that you are making a well-informed purchase decision and can enjoy your property with peace of mind.
Why Do I Need A Home Inspection?
The purchase of a home or building is probably one of the largest single investments you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect – both indoors and out – in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Stains on the ceiling may indicate a chronic roof leakage problem. The inspector interprets these and other clues, and then presents a professional opinion as to the condition of the property, so that you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterwards.
Of course, an inspection will also point out positive aspects of the building, as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good condition.
After the Home Inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and be able to make your decision confidently.
Should I Be Present For The Home Inspection?
It is not necessary for you to be present at the Home Inspection, but it is a good idea. By following the inspector through the property you can observe and ask questions.
You will learn about the building and get tips on general maintenance which will be of great help to you after you have moved into your property.
If you cannot be present for the entire Home Inspection it is advisable to be present for the last half hour, so that you can receive verbal feedback before receiving the Home Inspection Report.
Your New Home Needs A Professional Home Inspection
Home Inspection Services encourages home buyers entering into a contract with the builder, to have the property inspected at every phase of the build, whether it is custom or built to plan. Home Inspection Services will determine that what you see on the outside is indeed the truth in regards to the total build. They need to know that someone is “looking out” for them with independent and unbiased professional eyes.
It Is Brand New, What Could Be Wrong?
It is not good business to forgo a Home Inspection Report on newly constructed houses, regardless of how conscientious the builder of your home is. No home, regardless of how well it is constructed, is free of defects. No general contractor can possible oversee every one of the tasks performed, and the very nature of human fallibility dictates that some mistakes and oversights will occur.
Peace Of Mind
A professional, in progress inspection, is of great value to a “new construction” home buyer because the Home Inspector can spend whatever time it takes to evaluate every readily accessible part of the home they can safely reach, and prepare a Home Inspection report containing their findings. This, in turn, will provide a “fix it” list that can be brought to the attention of the builder/developer, to be addressed immediately.
My Builder Says That I Don’t Need A Home Inspection
It is important to let your builder/developer know up front that you intend to have work inspected by an independent third party. This will help to set a tone with the builder/developer, and let them know that you expect things to be done properly. You will want to start communication with your Home Inspector as soon as you sign a contract with your builder/developer.
Do I Have To Repair Everything Wrong With The House?
A Home Inspection Report listing is not intended to be a “do” or “repair” list for the home. Sellers are not obligated to repair conditions noted in the report, nor are they required to produce a flawless house. With a pre-listing Home Inspection Report, potential repair items already known by both parties are subject to negotiation. A home seller can make the repairs as a matter of choice.
Do I Really Need A Home Inspection?
As a seller, if you have owned your property for a period of time, a Home Inspection report can help identify potential problems and recommend preventative measures, which may avoid future expensive repairs. There is no such thing as a home that is “too new” or “too well built” to benefit from a professional Home Inspection. Anyone advising against a Home Inspection is doing a disservice to the home buyer. Many problems frequently encountered after the buyer moves into the property are routinely discovered by a qualified home inspector.
Is There Anything I Can Do Better To Maintain My Home?
Home Inspection Reports often identify the same neglected maintenance items. Performing some basic maintenance can help to keep your home in better condition, this reduces the chance of those conditions showing up on a Home Inspection report. To present a better maintained home to prospective buyers please take note the following tips. Most of these tips can be accomplished with little or no cost, whilst the benefits of selling a well maintained home can be worth the effort.
- Clean all rain gutters and roof debris.
- Trim back excessive foliage from the house.
- Divert all rain water away from the house (for example – rain water and gutter downspouts).
- Clear out the garage and roof space – if used for storage.
- Paint all weather walls, chimneys, windows and doors.
- Make sure all windows and doors are in proper operating condition. Replace cracked window panes.
- Replaced burnt out light globes.
- Make sure that all the plumbing fixtures are in good condition, clean and are working properly – no leaks.
- Remove the cars from the garage.
Finally, if the property is vacant, make sure that the water and electricity is turned on at the time of the Home Inspection, as the inspector needs these services to compete the Home Inspection.