When buying a home, do you want to know as much as you can before making a purchase? Absolutely. You want to have all of the answers. But how do you get answers?
You get answers by asking questions. That is where a propery inspection comes in--a property inspection helps you find the questions that you need to be asking. A property inspection doesn't provide the answers--it brings up the questions that most people don't know to ask.
Many inspectors will promise to deliver peace of mind, answers, etc--part of being an inspector is being a salesman, and some inspectors are better than others when it comes to selling. But the best inspection will help a client to see the areas that he or she would otherwise not think to investigate.
--Tom Richey, owner/inspector
WHAT IS A
A property inspection is an observation which helps a client to see where a property may need work. Contractors do that work. So if a home has, for example, an observable foundation issue, a property inspection should prompt a client to contact a contractor who is qualified to repair foundations to come in and provide answers prior to purchasing the property.
A qualified inspector will:
Evaluate the physical condition: the structure, construction and mechanical systems. The home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.
Identify items that should be repaired or replaced.