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Home Inspection Services in Malba

If you’ve been around as long as I have, then you’ll understand the need for home inspections. A quality home inspection protects you the prospective homeowner against the obvious problems that every home has. While the inspection is not fool proof, an inspector worth his or her weight in gold will be able to identify the major components and systems that could be ready to become a problem for you as a new homeowner. A great inspector will narrow down the possibilities of system failure considerably.

Typically, a home inspection in Malba is an evaluation of the accessible and visible systems and components of a house (structure, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, roof, etc.) and should give the customer a better understanding of the house’s general state. Phone today to schedule an inspection 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 requests an inspection of the home she or he is serious about buying. A home inspection provides data so that decisions about the purchase can be confirmed or questioned, and can uncover serious and/or expensive-to-repair defects that the seller/owner may not be aware of. A home inspection is not a property’s appraisal value. The inspection does not address any repair costs for defects the inspector finds. Similarly, an inspection of the home makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with local code or protects a customer in the event an item inspected fails.

Side note: You can buy warranties for many items in the home.

Malba Home Inspection Specialists

Don’t consider a home inspection as a complete evaluation, but rather property evaluation at this point in time, taking into account normal wear and tear of the home based on age and location. An inspection of the home can also include, for extra fees, pool inspections, water testing, Radon gas testing, pest inspections, energy audits, and many other specific items that may be location-specific.

Home inspections are used (less often) by a homeseller prior to putting the property on the market to see if there are any hidden problems that they are unaware of, and also by homeowners simply wanting to keep the home investment value as high as possible, care for their homes, and prevent surprises.

The following are areas that inspectors pay close attention to when inspecting your home:

1. Safety hazards, such as lack of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), exposed electrical wiring in bathrooms and kitchens, lack of safety railing on decks above 30 inches, etc.

2. Items that could lead to major flaws – i.e., a roof leak that could grow larger, damaged downspouts that could cause backup and water intrusion, or a beam that was not tied to the structure properly.

3. Serious flaws, such as large cracks in the home’s foundation; structure out of level or plumb; decks not supported or installed properly, etc. These are items that are costly to repair, which we classify as items needing over 2% of the buy price to fix.

Your home inspector should be able to counsel you about what you should do about these problems. He/she may recommend a formal evaluation on matters – by licensed or certified professionals who are specialists in the problem areas. For instance, your inspector will recommend you call a licensed building engineer if he/she finds sections of the home that are misaligned, as this could indicate a serious structural deficiency and one that would cost thousands of dollars to repair.

Home Inspections are conducted by a buyer after he or she signs a contract, right?

This isn’t true! As you will discover whenever you continue reading, a home inspection can be used for ad hoc inspections in new construction projects, as a maintenance tool by a current homeowner, a proactive technique by sellers to create their property more sellable, and by buyers wanting to determine the problem of the potential home.

Homeowners, in particular, can benefit from finding a home inspection before listing the home. Here are just a several advantages for the homeowner:

· The homeowner knows the house! The home inspector will have a way to have answers to his/her questions on the real history of any problems they find.

· A home inspection may help the homeowner be more objective as it pertains to setting a good price on the home.

· The homeowner usually takes the report and allow it to be into a marketing piece for the home.

· The homeowner will undoubtedly be alerted to any safety issues found in the home before they open it up for open house tours.

· The homeowner may make repairs leisurely instead of being in a hurry after the contract is signed.

Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?

You most certainly can do it yourself. Most home buyers lack the knowledge, skill, and objectivity needed to inspect a property themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes, but they really don’t. Utilizing the services of a qualified home inspector, they gain a better understanding of the problem of the property; especially whether any items don’t “abjectly affect the home’s living space” or “function as intended” or “warrant more detailed attention” by a qualified specialist. Remember that the home inspector is just a generalist and has broad training in every home system.

Should I Be There at the Inspection?

It’s a good idea for you to be present during the inspection – whether you’re a homebuyer, seller, or homeowner. With you there, the inspector can show you any defects and explain their importance as well as explain maintenance features that’ll be helpful in the future. If you can’t be there, it’s no problem because the report you obtain will undoubtedly be very detailed. If you’re not present, then you need to be sure to ask your inspector to explain anything that is unclear in the report. Also read the inspection agreement carefully so you understand what is covered and what is not covered in the inspection. If you have a trouble with the inspection or the report, you should raise the issues quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you prefer the inspector to come back after the inspection to show you things, this is arranged and is recommended, however, you could be charged extra since it’s not part of the inspection, unless, of course, you make that a part of your home inspection contract

However, it’s very important for you to let the inspector do the job you’re paying for. We love our clients, but we also know that constant interference and interruptions make the inspection painfully slow. Write down your questions and ask them after the inspector has presented you with a detailed report.

What About Condo or Townhome Inspections?

Since condominiums are individual units within a condo building, owners pay a monthly assessment fee to a HOA or home owners association or condo association, which pays for the upkeep and maintenance of all exteriors including the (roof, exterior walls, lighting) is also responsible for maintaining the community boilder 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 condominium including porches, electrical, balconies, walls, and appliances. There are fewer items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone qualified is still important. As you know well, Home Owners Associations are a fickled lot, to be honest. And they’re all so very different, even within a neighborhood. Ask us about our policy and we’ll be blunt 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.

Malba Home Inspections Include

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 check list for the home:

* Drive ways
* Hand rails, entry steps
* Decks
* Masonry
* Grass, bushes, trees, shrubs
* Retaining walls
* Roofing, flashings, chimneys, and attic
* Eaves, soffits, and fascias
* Basement, crawlspaces, and foundation
* Kitchen appliances (microwave, range/oven/stovetop/hoods, dishwasher, trash compactor, disposal)
* Laundry appliances (dryer and washer) if being sold with the house
* Ceilings, walls, floors
* Kitchen counters, floors, and cabinets
* Window systems
* Plumbing systems and fixtures
* Electrical grounding, GFCI, outlets
* Fire detectors
* Ventilation systems and Insulation
* Heating controls and equipment
* Distribution systems and ducts
* Fireplaces
* Air Conditioning and controls
* Heat pumps and controls
* Safety items such as railings, TPR valves, egress, etc.

Some tests which aren’t a part of the original inspection usually require an additional fee.
· Radon Gas Test
· Water Quality Test
· Termites
· Gas Line Leak Test
· Sprinkler System Test
· Swimming Pool and Spa Inspection
· Mold Screening
· Septic systems
· Alarm System

Why Should I Purchase a Home Inspection?

Your new home has dozens of systems and more than 10,000 pieces – from heating and cooling to ventilation and to appliances. When appliances and systems work together, you have peace of mind. Weak links in the machinery, however, can produce assorted problems ultimately causing a loss in value and shortened component lifecycle. Would you get a used car without a reputable mechanic looking at it? Your house is far more complicated, and to truly have a thorough inspection that is documented in a report arms you with substantial information where to make informed decisions.

What is NOT Included in a Home Inspection

Most people feel that all things are inspected thoroughly on inspection day. This misunderstanding has caused many a homebuyer to get upset because of their inspector. The inspections we perform aren’t exhaustive and there’s a great reason for this.

For those who hire separate licensed experts in cooling and heating, engineering, plumbing, electrical, etc to inspect your property, it will take about 15 hours and run you about $2000! It is a lot more practical to get an experienced inspector who’s got a general knowledge of home systems, knows things to search for, and can recommend further inspection by a specialist 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 carefully written in order to protect both your house as well as the inspector.

Here are some examples, we have been directed to not turn systems on if these were off before the inspection (for safety reasons); we are not capable to move furniture (might harm something); against the rules to turn on water whether it’s off (possible flooding), and against the rules to interrupt through the sealed attic hatch (possible damage). Obviously in this practice is by not operating a control, by not seeing in the furniture, and enough sleep. into the attic or crawlspace, we are going to might miss identifying a problem. However, put into perspective, the probability of missing something serious for this reason is very low. There are more products that more than 95% of inspectors consider outside a standard inspection, for example inspecting most things aren’t bolted down (installed in the home) including electronics, reduced voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning, or specialized systems including water purifiers, security alarms, etc.

Malba Home Inspection Experts

If you are searching for a professional, reliable, and affordable condo, home, or town home inspection in Malba, look no further. We understand you have choices and we’d be honored to send out one of our inspectors to inspect your property. We’re committed to getting the job done right and making you happy. Email or call one of our staff members now (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.

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