Home Inspection Services Simplified
Moisture Intrusion - Water that has entered the home, where it does not belong.
Roof - The top of the home that keeps water out. Roofs may be shingles, metal or tile.
Plumbing - The pipes in the house that bring in and send away water.
Air Leakage - Air that is entering or exiting where it should not in the home.
Garage - The enclosure where cars are parked. Garage is attached or separate from the home.
Structure - The overall frame of the home.
Thermal Imaging - Using a Infrared Camera to show temperature changes the eye can not see.
Electrical - Wires and outlets that transfer power.
Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning - (HVAC) The Air Conditioner and Heating Unit in the home.
You and Your Home Inspector
The time leading up to a home inspection is typically a stressful one. Many Thoughts will be going through your head about the property to be inspected. You have had alot on your plate.
Finding the right home. Finding the right realtor. Finding the right mortgage company.
Dealing with the people involved in the process. It is alot to handle over a small amount of time.
Because the home will be yours it does mostly fall on you. It is recommended to keep lists of all your concerns. It is easy to forget important questions or things that you observed.
Prior to the Home Inspection. You should have reviewed and received a copy of the seller’s property disclosure. This real estate document is where a home seller documents anything that may be wrong with a home. If the seller did repairs that should be documented as well. If the seller knows a issue the house has that should also be documented.
If the seller’s property disclosure has lots of “Don’t Know” boxes checked that is cause for buyer concern. The boxes being checked “don’t know” does not let a seller off the hook. This is common when the home was used as a rental property. The Homeowner is still required to know.
Because you have received this document it should be shown to your home inspector. Along with a list of concerns you may have about the property. Anything you may of observed should be brought to your home inspectors attention.
How Your Home Inspector May Proceed.
The first step should be you contact the home inspection company and make a appointment. Then you will receive the contract to sign. Typically at least 24 hours prior to inspection. After the Home Inspector shows up at the property. The Home Inspector may ask for your concerns about the home and the seller’s property disclosure to view.
The Home Inspector may then proceed to first look at your concerns or the inspector may start his or her own method.
It is a more common practice to look at the home from the outside first. The home inspector can be more aware of what to view inside because of the outside. For Example if the Home Inspector notices a crack in a outside wall. That may offer clues as to why the homes inside has issues.
After the outside of the home is inspected. The inside is next.
The home inspector may start on the first floor. The home inspector may keep to the right or to the left following the walls around until completed. This home inspection method helps to reduce missing parts of the house.
Some Home Inspectors like to inspect the house with the home buyer. Other inspectors may not. They may need to be more focused and not distracted. That Home Inspector may ask to save questions for later. Either way the inspection should be about the home and in the section of the home being viewed. For example questions about a bathroom should be saved for when inspecting the bathroom.
After the inside of the home is inspected the inspector leaves and typically creates the report. The report if comprised of all the photos the Home Inspector took during. The photos are reviewed for more clues and than added to the report. When completed the report is emailed to the person who ordered the inspection.