Home Inspection Services in Bathgate
If you’ve been around for a while, then you’ll recognize the need for home inspections. A quality home inspection protects you the buyer against the obvious problems that every home has. While the inspection is not fool proof, an inspector worth his/her weight will be able to identify the major systems and components that could be ready to break on you as a new homeowner. A good inspector will narrow down the probabilities of system failure greatly.
Simply put, a home inspection is an evaluation of the accessible and visible systems and components of a home (structure, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, roof, etc.) and is meant to give the client a clearer understanding of the home’s general condition. Phone today to book a home inspection in Bathgate at 332-334-7701 or Request a Quote. You’ll be glad you made the call.
More often than not, the inspection is a buyer who asks for an inspection of the home she or he is serious about buying. A home inspection provides data so that decision makers can question or confirm details about the home questioned or confirmed, and can uncover expensive and serious defects that the home seller may not be aware of. A home inspection is not an appraisal of the property’s value. The inspection does not point out any repair costs for defects the inspector finds. Similarly, a home inspection makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with local code or protects a client in the event an item inspected fails in the future.
Side Note: Warranties can be bought to cover a multitude of items.
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Don’t consider a home inspection as an exhaustive evaluation, but rather an evaluation of the property at this point in time, taking into account normal wear and tear of the home based on age and location. An inspection of the property can also include for a little extra of course, Radon testing, pest inspections, pool inspections, water testing, energy audits, and other specific items that may be location-specific.
Home inspections are done (less often) by a home seller prior to listing the property to see if there are any hidden problems that they are unaware of, and also by owners simply wishing to prevent surprises, and keep the home investment value high, and care for their homes.
The following are areas that inspectors pay close attention to when inspecting your property:
1. Serious defects, such as large differential cracks in the foundation; structure out of plumb or level; decks not installed or supported correctly, etc. These are items that are expensive to fix, which are entire systems requiring over two percent of the buy price to fix.
2. Items that could lead to serious defects – i.e. damaged down spouts that could cause backup and water intrusion, a roof flashing leak that could get bigger, or a support beam that was not tied in to the structure properly.
3. Safety hazards, such as lack of safety railing on decks more than 30 inches off the ground, lack of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), bare wiring in kitchens and bathrooms, etc.
Your property inspector should advise you on what to do about these issues. He may recommend an evaluation on matters – by certified and/or licensed professionals who are specialists in the defect areas. For example, your inspector will advise you phone a licensed building engineer if he/she finds sections of the property that are misaligned, as this could indicate a serious structural deficiency.
Home Inspections are only conducted by a buyer when he or she signs a contract, right?
This is not true! As you will discover whenever you keep reading, a home inspection can be used for interim inspections in new construction, as a maintenance tool with a current homeowner, a proactive technique by home owners to make their home more sellable, and by buyers wanting to ascertain the situation of the potential home.
Homeowners, in particular, can take advantage of obtaining a home inspection before listing the home. Here are only a few of the advantages for the home owner:
· The home owner knows the home! The home inspector will have a way to get answers to his/her questions on the real history of any problems they find.
· A home inspection will help the home owner be much more objective in regards to setting a good price on the home.
· The home owner can take the report and ensure it is into a marketing piece for the home.
· The home owner will be alerted to any safety issues found in the house before they open it up for open house tours.
· The home owner may make repairs leisurely instead of being in a hurry following the contract is signed.
Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?
Most homebuyers lack the data, skill, and objectivity had a need to inspect a house themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes, but they really don’t. By using the services of an expert home inspector, they gain an improved knowledge of the situation of the property; especially whether any items don’t “abjectly affect the home’s living space” or “work as intended” or “warrant more detailed attention” with a qualified specialist. Understand that the home inspector is a generalist and is broadly been trained in every home system.
Should I Be There at the Inspection?
It’s a good idea for you to personally be present through the inspection – whether you’re a buyer, seller, or homeowner. With you there, the inspector can show you any defects and explain their importance in addition to explain maintenance features that’ll be helpful in the future. In the event that you can’t be there, it’s no problem since the report you get will be very detailed. If you are not present, then you should be sure to ask your inspector to spell out anything that’s not yet determined in the report. Also read the inspection agreement carefully which means you understand what is covered and what’s not covered in the inspection. If you have a trouble with the inspection or the report, you need to raise the problems quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you’d like the inspector to go back following the inspection showing you things, this is often arranged and is advisable, however, you could be charged extra since it’s not part of the inspection, unless, of course, you make that a part of your initial contract
However, it’s important to let the inspector do the work you’re paying for. We love our customers, but we also know that constant interruptions and interference make the inspection unnecessarily slow. Write down your questions and ask them after the inspector has presented you with a report.
How Long Does the Inspection Take?
This depends on the condition and size of the entire home. You can usually figure a little more than an hour for every thousand sq. ft. For example, a 2,600 sq.ft. unit would take about three hours. If the company also produces the report while in your home, factor in an additional 30-50 minutes. These numbers are not set in stone because you really want them to do a thorough job without feeling rushed.
What About Condo Inspections?
Since condominiums are units within a condo building, homeowners pay a monthly assessment fee to a Home Owners Association (HOA) or condo association, which pays for the upkeep and maintenance of all exteriors including the building (roof, exterior walls, lighting) is also on the hook for maintaining the community boiler system or HVAC. In smaller condo buildings, many home owners have their own mini-boiler that suffices for the HVAC that a building would normally provide. Owners are responsible for everything inside the condo unit including porches, electrical, balconies, walls, and appliances. There are less items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone who knows what they’re doing is still a must. As you well know, Home Owners Associations are a fickle bunch, to be honest. And they’re all so very different, even within a city. Ask us about it and we’ll be honest with you. If we can inspect your unit, we’ll do it; if we can’t, we’ll also let you know. We believe honesty is always the best policy and we live by it.
A Bathgate Inspection Includes
The following list is not exhaustive. Not all of these items may be in the inspection you receive, but the inspector will be following a standard checklist for the property:
* Entry steps, hand rails
* Bricks, masonry
* Shrubs, trees, bushes, lawn
* Retaining walls
* Fascias, soffits, and eaves
* Foundation, basement, and crawlspaces
* Garage doors, walls, and floor
* Kitchen appliances (microwave, range/oven/stovetop/hoods, dishwasher, trash compactor, disposal)
* Laundry appliances (dryer and washer)
* Walls, floors, ceilings
* Kitchen counters, floors, and cabinets
* Windows and window gaskets
* Plumbing systems and fixtures
* Electrical system, panels
* Electrical outlets, GFCI, and grounding
* Smoke (fire) detectors
* Ventilation systems and Insulation
* Heating equipment and controls
* Distribution systems and ducts
* Heating and air conditioning
* Heat controls and pumps
Other items that section of the common inspection may be added for an additional fee:
· Alarm System
· Swimming Pool and Spa Inspection
· Mold Screening
· Sprinkler System Test
· Radon Gas Test
· Water Quality Test
· Septic systems
Why Should I Get a Home Inspection?
Your home has dozens of systems and about 9900 pieces – from heating and cooling to ventilation systems and to appliances. When they work together, all is right with the world. Weak links in the system, however, can produce a myriad of problems leading to a loss in value and shortened component lifecycle. Would you get a used car with no qualified mechanic taking a look under its hood? Your property is far more complex, and to really have a thorough inspection that’s documented in a written report arms you with substantial information where to create informed decisions.
How Much Does a Home Inspection Usually Run?
That is often the first question asked but the clear answer tells minimal about the quality of the inspection. Fees are based in accordance with size, age and several other facets of the home. Inspection fees from a professional professional home inspector generally start under $350. The average fee for a 2,000 square foot unit nationally is somewhere in the neighborhood of $325-$525 for just the inspection. In New York City, it’ll probably be an additional 25%.
What's Not Included in a Bathgate Home Inspection?
A lot of people think that everything is inspected detailed on inspection day. This misunderstanding is mainly responsible for many a homebuyer to become upset with their inspector. The inspections we perform are certainly not exhaustive and there is a good reason for this.
For those who hire separate licensed experts in hvac, plumbing, electrical, engineering, etc. to examine your property, it would take about 14 hours and cost you about two grand! It is a lot more practical to rent an expert inspector who’s got a general understanding of home systems, knows excellent customer service, and can recommend further inspection by an authority if needed. Your inspector is usually following very specific guidelines issued by state or national organizations as he/she inspects your home. The guidelines are written to protect both the house as well as the inspector.
Here are some examples, we have been directed to NOT turn systems on if these were off during the time of the inspection (for safety reasons); we’re not in a position to move furniture (might harm something); unacceptable to convert on water if it is off (possible flooding), and unacceptable to interrupt through a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). Obviously in this practice is always that by not operating a control, by not seeing under the furniture, and to not get to the crawlspace or attic, we are going to might miss identifying a problem. However, placed in perspective, the likelihood of missing something serious for this reason is rather low. There are many things that 96% of inspectors consider outside a normal inspection, including inspecting most things who are not bolted down (installed in the home) for instance electronics, low voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning units, or specialized systems for instance water purifiers, alarm systems, etc.
The Best Bathgate Property Inspection Experts
If you’re looking for a professional, affordable, and reliable condo, home, or town home inspection in Bathgate, your search is over. We know you have choices and we’d be happy to send one of our inspectors to inspect your property. We’re committed to getting the job done right and making you a satisfied customer. E-mail or phone one of our staff members now (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.
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