Nothing could be worse than suddenly finding out that there are major defects with the property you are about to purchase.. We understand that the home-buying process can be very stressful. Our thorough and professional inspections help ensure your familiarity with the home and the condition of its major systems. Once armed with this knowledge, it will help you feel more secure about your purchasing decision.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual inspection and written evaluation of several components of a residential building, including the heating system, cooling system, plumbing system, electrical system, structural components, foundation, roof, and interior and exterior components. Prospective home sellers or buyers frequently order inspections. The purpose of the inspection is to evaluate the condition of the property and its components, and to inform the client of all observable defects.
Keep in mind that a home inspection is not technically exhaustive – we can’t see through walls. We're getting a snapshot of your house for a few hours and reporting on everything we find. A home inspection is not an appraisal or a building code compliance inspection. We’re not testing for environmental hazards or contaminants, or insects and rodents. Please see our Inspection Agreement and the Standards of Practice for all the information on the limitations of an inspection.
Why do I need an inspection?
Buying a home is typically the largest purchase a person will make, and buying a home is an investment. A home inspection is a great tool to help you decide if it’s a good investment or not. A home inspection will help you learn as much as you can about the condition of the home and the need for any major repairs. Currently, over 90% of buyers get a home inspection.
How long will an inspection take? And do I have to be there?
Generally, a home inspection takes two to three hours depending on the size and condition of the home. I generally recommend that you show up at the home at the latter part of the scheduled time so that I can point out any major findings. This will help familiarize you with the home and assist you when you review the final inspection report.
How much does an inspection cost?
The cost of a home inspection can vary based on the size, condition and location of the home. Please contact us for pricing specific to the home you are interested in having inspected.
How do I prepare for the inspection?
It's the seller's responsibility to get the house ready for the inspection. The seller should:
-Have all utilities turned on (water, electric and gas).
-Have all gas appliances ready to run with pilot lights turned on.
-Clear access to areas like attics, crawl spaces, electric panels and furnaces.
-Unlock areas such as storage closets, fence gates, electric panels and crawl space hatches.
-Remove pets from the property, or secure them so they are not free to roam.
Inspection Services LLC
Phone: (605) 210-2757