Today’s home buyer is far different that the home buyers of the past. Fifty years ago, folks purchased a home with the intentions of staying put. Today’s home buyer is more apt to change houses, move to accommodate a growing family or even a shrinking family.
With the home being the largest single investment most people make, protecting that investment is of the highest priority. The best way to protect that investment is to make sure that it is a good investment from the start.
That’s where the home inspector comes in. Tom is a highly skilled generalist with an exceptional working knowledge of a house, it’s major components and how they interact with one another. A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of the home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up.
Although it is not required, you are certainly welcome, in fact, urged to attend. During the process, your home inspector will be explaining to you problems that have occurred, as well as the potential areas to monitor for future problems. It’s possible that he will suggest a more detailed evaluation of an item or system be done, if that item or system is not functioning as intended. You will also learn many ways in which you can improve, update and take better care of your property. This is well worth the time spent.
How Long Will It Take?
The length of home inspections depends on the size, condition, and age of the property. We pride ourselves on being thorough, so our home inspections an average take between 3-4 hours. Larger homes will take more time. If you can only be there for a part of the time, it is best to try to make it near the second half, as Tom will be able to review the problem areas he has found.
What Will Be Inspected?
EXTERIOR: grading, walls, coverings, patios & decks, patio covers, sidewalks & driveways, soffits & fascias, doors/windows & trim, gutters & downspouts, retaining walls. (Remove fences and gates)
STRUCTURE: foundation, crawlspace, footings & columns, floors, walls, chimneys.
ROOFING: structure, coverings, flashings, skylights, vent/stacks.
ELECTRICAL: service entrance, grounding, panel & sub panels, branch circuits, outlets, GFCIs, circuit integrity.
HEATING and A/C: description, combustion system, a/c components, supply & discharge lines, venting, ductwork & registers, controls & thermostats.
PLUMBING: main supply line, distribution lines, fixtures, vents & traps & drains, functional flow.
INSULATION: attic, walls, crawlspace, floors, lines, ductwork, air & vapor barriers.
INTERIOR: walls, ceilings, windows, floors, doors, stairs, fireplaces, smoke detectors.
In a nutshell, anywhere we can physically go, we're going to get there
You will not find specific fees listed here, as there are too many different factors that go into determining these fees based on the specifics of each house. We will mention that our inspections begin at $500.00 and go up from there depending on the size of the house and where it is located
Please feel free to call and we will be happy to give you a quote based on some specifics regarding the house you would like inspected.