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Home Inspection Services in Meadowmere

If you’ve been around as long as I have, then you’ll recognize the need for home inspections. A detailed home inspection in Meadowmere protects you the prospective home owner against those obvious problems that every home has. While the inspection is not fool proof, an inspector worth his/her weight in gold should be able to pinpoint the primary components and systems that could be ready to break down on you as a new buyer. A good inspector will narrow down the possibilities of system failure greatly.

Typically and simply put, a home inspection is a formal professional evaluation of the visible and accessible components and systems within a house (electrical, plumbing, roofing, heating and cooling, structure, etc.) and is intended to give the client a clearer understanding of the home’s general state. Phone today to book 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 asks for an inspection of the home he or she is serious about buying. A home inspection delivers 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 owner/seller may not be aware of. A home inspection is not an appraisal of the property’s value. The inspection does not address any repair costs for defects the inspector finds. Similarly, it makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with local code or protects a client in the event something inspected fails in the future.

Side Note: You can purchase warranties for several key items in the house.

 

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Don’t consider an inspection of the home as a final 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 property can also include for a little extra of course, pool inspections, water testing, Radon gas testing, pest inspections, energy audits, and several other specific items that may be location-specific.

Home inspections are paid for (less often) by a home seller before putting the property on the market to see if there are any hidden problems, and also by home owners simply wishing to keep the home investment value as high as possible, care for their homes, and prevent surprises.

The following are aspects that inspectors pay close attention to during a home inspection:

1. Serious defects, such as large cracks in the foundation; structure out of level or plumb; decks not installed or supported correctly, and others. These are items that are costly to repair, which we classify as systems requiring more than two percent of the buy price to repair.

2. Items that could lead to serious defects – a beam that was not tied in to the structure properly, a roof flashing leak that could grow larger, or damaged down spouts that could cause backup and water intrusion.

3. Safety hazards, such as no safety railing on decks more than 30 inches off the ground, lack of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), bare electrical wiring in bathrooms and kitchens, etc.


Your inspector should counsel you on what to do about these issues. He/she may recommend an evaluation on matters – by certified and/or licensed professionals who specialize in the defect areas. For example, your inspector may recommend you phone a licensed building engineer if they find sections of the property that are misaligned, as this could indicate a serious structural problem.

Home Inspections are merely paid for by a buyer once they sign a formal agreement, right?

This is false! As you will discover once you keep reading, a home inspection can be utilized for ad hoc inspections in new construction, as a maintenance tool with a current homeowner, a proactive technique by home owners to produce their home more sellable, and by buyers wanting to ascertain the problem of the potential home.

Sellers, particularly, can take advantage of finding a home inspection before listing the home. Here are only a several advantages for the seller:


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

· A home inspection can help the seller become more objective in regards to setting a good price on the home.

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

· The seller will take the report and ensure it is into a marketing piece for the home.

Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?

Who says you can’t? Of course you can. Most buyers lack the knowledge, skill, and objectivity necessary to inspect a house themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes inside and out, but they really don’t. When you use services of an expert 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 “work as intended” or “warrant more attention” by a qualified specialist. Remember that the home inspector is really a generalist and has broad training in most of the major home systems.

Should I Be There at the Inspection?

It’s a great idea for you to be present throughout the inspection – whether you are a homebuyer, seller, or homeowner. With you there, the inspector can show you any defects and explain their importance in addition to point out maintenance features that would be helpful in the future. If you can’t be there, it’s no problem since the report you get will be very detailed. If you’re not present, then you need to be sure to ask your inspector to describe anything that’s not clear in the report. Also see the inspection agreement carefully which means you understand what is covered and what is not covered in the inspection. If you have a problem with the inspection or the report, you must raise the difficulties quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you’d like the inspector to come back after the inspection showing you things, this is arranged and is recommended, however, the inspector could charge you extra since it’s not part of the inspection, unless, of course, you make that a part of your initial contract

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

What About Condo or Townhome Inspections?

Since condos are units within a single building, homeowners pay a monthly assessment fee to a also is on the hook for maintaining the community boiler system or HVAC. In smaller condo buildings, many home owners have their own boiler that suffices for the HVAC that a building would normally provide. Home owners are responsible for everything inside the condo including porches, electrical, balconies, walls, and appliances. There are less items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone qualified is still a must. As you know well, HOAs are a fickle bunch, to be honest. And they’re all so very different, even within a neighborhood. Ask us about our policy 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.

Meadowmere Home Inspections Include

The following list (of systems and inspection items) 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 property:

* Electrical panels, electrical system
* Electrical grounding, GFCI, outlets
* Fire detectors
* Fireplaces
* Driveways
* Heat pumps and controls
* Kitchen appliances (stove top, oven, disposal, trash compactor, dishwasher, microwave)
* Laundry appliances (dryer and washer)
* Heating equipment and controls
* Site drainage and grading
* Soffits, eaves, and fascias
* Insulation and ventilation systems
* Grass, bushes, trees, shrubs
* Retaining walls
* Kitchen cabinets, counters, and floors
* Roofing, flashings, chimneys, and attic
* Air Conditioning and controls
* Floors, walls, ceilings
* Plumbing systems and fixtures
* Bricks, masonry
* Entry steps, hand rails
* Window systems
* Foundation, basement, and crawlspaces

Some tests that aren’t a part of the standard inspection sometimes require an extra charge.

· Swimming Pool and Spa Inspection
· Mold Screening
· Gas Line Leak test
· Septic systems
· Alarm System
· Sprinkler System test
· Water quality test
· Termites
· Radon gas test

Why Should I Purchase a Home Inspection?

Your brand-new home has dozens of systems and approximately 9800 parts – from heating and cooling to ventilation systems and to appliances. When appliances and systems work together, you have peace of mind. Weak links in the system, however, can produce a myriad of problems ultimately causing a loss in value and shortened system lifecycle. Would you buy a used car with no reputable 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 report arms you with substantial information on which to create informed decisions.

What is NOT Included in a Home Inspection

Most of the people believe that all things are inspected detailed on inspection day. This misunderstanding is mainly responsible for many a homebuyer to be upset using their inspector. The inspections we perform are usually not exhaustive and there’s a good reason for this.

In case you hired separate licensed experts in HVAC, engineering, plumbing, electrical, etc to examine the home, it could take about thirteen hours and cost you about $2000! It is more practical to rent a professional inspector who may have a general knowledge of home systems, knows things to search for, and can suggest further inspection by an experienced professional if needed. Your inspector is also following very specific guidelines issued by national or state organizations as he/she inspects your home. The guidelines are carefully written in order to protect both your house and also the inspector.

For example, we have been directed to NOT turn systems on if these were off during the time of the inspection (for safety reasons); we are really not able to move furniture (might harm something); a no-no to turn on water when it is off (possible flooding), and a no-no to sneak by way of a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The side effects of your practice is always that by not operating a control, by not seeing underneath the furniture, and failing to get enough into the crawlspace or attic, we are going to might miss identifying a problem. However, put into perspective, the probability of missing something serious because of this is quite low. There are additional goods that 95% of inspectors consider outside a standard inspection, for example inspecting most things who are not bolted down (installed in the home) for instance electronics, low voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioners, or specialized systems for instance water purifiers, security systems, etc.

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Meadowmere Home Inspection Experts

If you are searching for a professional, affordable, and reliable town home, condo, or home inspection in Meadowmere, your search is over. We get that you have choices and we would be honored to send one of our inspectors out 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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