Why is a home inspection important?
The general home inspection is designed to give the buyer more confidence in the condition of the home and peace of mind in your investment.
It is a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home to find items that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe. If a problem, or a symptom of a problem, is found I will include a description of the problem in a written report and may recommend further evaluation. Before you close, you need to consider whether or not repairs are needed now and who’s going to pay for them.
A Pre-Listing Home Inspection could be the most important thing you do to prepare your home for sale. For what amounts to a small fraction of the cost of selling your home, have the peace of mind that your home is in good condition and maintain your selling price from a better negotiating position. Most buyers are not in the market for a “fixer-upper”, so having your house marketed with everything fixed ahead of time is a very strong selling point and will often successfully set your house apart from others on the market.
Most people who are content to stay in their current house can benefit from a home inspection. I will go through your entire house and let you know the present condition and identify any possible unseen problems. Many of these issues are minor problems that can be caught before they turn into major ones. I will advise you on important maintenance and care items that will help you maintain your home for years to come.
A thorough visual inspection will cover the following areas of the home:
The structure of the home is what gives it shape and strength. The most common questions asked of a professional home inspector are related to evaluating the condition of the structure. The two main components of the structure are the foundation and the framing system. Each of these components is critical in providing the building with long lasting comfort and stability. Major defects in the structure can be very extensive and expensive to repair.
The mechanical systems of the dwelling are designed to provide a comfortable and safe living environment. Each system has many components and there are many types of each system. An inspector’s skills and experience are used to evaluate the safe operational condition of each system and to report any defects discovered. The mechanical systems encompass the entire dwelling and exterior portions. My unique training, skills and experience in these areas separate me from un-trained or inexperienced inspectors.
The roof is part of the exterior but requires more individual attention. It is designed to protect all the components of the dwelling. There are many roof styles and finished materials. Each style and material is inspected carefully for wear, leaks, defects and other deficiencies. Roofing problems that go undetected can cause serious harm to other components of the building. Styles and types of roofs are dictated by location, age, and preference. I will carefully evaluate the condition of the material used, note defects, and discuss the possible remaining life expectancy of the roof surface.
The exterior of the building includes; siding, trim, gutters and downspouts, windows, roof, garage, stoops, decks, patios, grounds and related items. Each of these items is inspected not only for its condition, but how it relates to the dwelling. Defects in exterior components such as the siding or windows can greatly affect other components of the home. The exterior of the building is designed to protect the interior components from mother nature.
The interior of the home includes all the various rooms and related items, which are not covered in other aspects of your home inspection on the interior of the dwelling. I will go through each room including all visible and accessible areas of your new home. This is a very important part of your home inspection because symptoms of larger problems are often visible in the various rooms of your home. Settling can be noticed in the floors and walls. Roof or plumbing leaks may be noticed on the ceilings. Poor quality workmanship on mechanical distributions such as outlets and heat convection may be visible. I will go through each room making notes of relevant defects.
Although most cosmetic items, such as worn paint and old carpeting, are not important, they often indicate a general lack of maintenance in the home. Very few homeowners maintain the more expensive mechanical and structural components while allowing their carpets to be badly worn or paint to be peeling. When a home is in need of a lot of cosmetic work it raises a red flag. Recently performed cosmetic work is also carefully inspected to try to determine if it has been done to conceal deeper, more extensive problems. An older home with brand new carpet and paint throughout is often a home that was neglected until resale. Very often the sellers are advised or take it upon themselves to cosmetically repair and upgrade as much as possible to increase the value and curb appeal of the property. Usually these upgrades are done with cost effectiveness in mind and may also be an attempt to mask major problems.
I am committed to reasonable pricing.
I am committed to keeping the same reasonable pricing that my customers have always appreciated! I use a sliding-scale fee structure that is determined by the square footage of the home. Please call me at (270) 392-1158 for an immediate, no-pressure quote on inspecting your home and/or testing for radon.
The average inspection of a home (2000 sq ft or less) is around $325.00.
Radon testing is available for $100.00.
I accept cash, personal checks, money orders, MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover credit cards.