Home Inspection Services in Middle Village
If you have been around, then you’ll understand the need for home inspections in Middle Village. 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 weight should be able to identify the major components and systems that could be ready to break down on you as a new home owner. A good inspector will narrow down the possibilities of system failure greatly.
Typically and simply put, a home inspection is an evaluation of the accessible and visible components and systems within a home (electrical, plumbing, roofing, heating and cooling, structure, etc.) and is meant to give the client a better understanding of the house’s general state. Call today to book an inspection at 332-334-7701 or Request a Quote. You’ll be glad you made the call.
Typically, it is a buyer who asks for an evaluation 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 expensive-to-repair and serious defects that the homeseller 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, an inspection of the home makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with building codes or protects a client in the event something inspected fails in the future.
Side Note: You can purchase warranties to cover several key items in the home.
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Don’t consider an inspection of the home and property 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. A home inspection can also include for extra of course Radon testing, pest inspections, pool inspections, water testing, energy audits, and several other specific items that may be location-specific.
Home inspections are also used (less often) by a homeseller before 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 prevent surprises, and keep the home investment value high, and care for their homes.
The following are aspects that inspectors pay attention to during a home inspection:
1. Safety hazards, such as exposed wiring in kitchens and bathrooms, no safety railing on decks above 30 inches, lack of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), etc.
2. Things that could lead to serious defects – i.e. a roof flashing leak that could grow larger, damaged down spouts that could cause backup and water intrusion, or a support beam that was not tied to the structure properly.
3. Serious defects, such as large cracks in the home’s foundation; building out of level or plumb; decks not installed or supported properly, etc. These are items that are pricey to fix, which are items needing over two percent of the purchase price to repair.
Your inspector should advise you about what you should do about these issues. He may recommend an evaluation on issues – by licensed or certified 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 major structural problem.
Home inspections are just paid for by a buyer when he or she signs a formal agreement, right?
This is simply not true! As you will see once you keep reading, a home inspection may be used for interim inspections in new construction projects, as a maintenance tool by a current home owner, a proactive technique by homeowners to make their property more sellable, and by buyers wanting to find out the situation of the potential home.
Sellers, in particular, can take advantage of obtaining a home inspection before listing the home. Here are only a several advantages for the homeowner:
· The homeowner will be alerted to any safety issues found in the house before they open it down for open house tours.
· A home inspection will help the homeowner be more objective as it pertains to setting a reasonable price on the home.
· The homeowner may make repairs leisurely instead of being in a rush following the contract is signed.
· The homeowner may take the report and ensure it is into an advertising piece for the home.
Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?
Of course you can. However, often times, home buyers lack the skill, knowledge, and objectivity necessary to skillfully inspect a property themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes inside and out, but they really don’t. Using the services of a professional home inspector, they gain a better knowledge of the situation of the property; especially whether any items do not “abjectly affect the home’s living space” or “function as intended” or “warrant more detailed attention” with a qualified specialist. Understand that the home inspector is just a generalist and has broad training and experience in most of the major home systems.
Should I Be There at the Inspection?
It’s recommended for you to personally be present through the inspection – whether you’re a buyer, seller, or home owner. With you there, the inspector can explain to you any defects and explain their importance as well as explain maintenance features that will be helpful in the future. In the event that you can’t be there, it’s not a problem since the report you get will be very detailed. If you are not present, then you need to be sure to ask your inspector to spell out anything that is not yet determined in the report. Also read the inspection agreement carefully so you know what is covered and what’s not covered in the inspection. If you have a problem with the inspection or the report, you need to raise the problems quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you prefer the inspector to return following the inspection showing you things, this is often arranged and is a good idea, however, you could be charged extra since a second walkthrough not part of the inspection, unless, of course, you make that a part of your agreement
However, it’s important for you to let the inspector do the job you’re paying for. We love our clients, but we also know that constant interruptions and interference make the process painfully slow. Jot down your questions and ask them after the inspector has presented you with a detailed report.
What About Condo or Townhome Inspections?
Since condos are units within a single building, owners pay a monthly assessment fee to a also is on the hook for maintaining the community boilder or HVAC. In smaller condo buildings, many owners have their own mini-boiler that acts as the HVAC that a building would normally provide. Home owners are responsible for everything inside the condo unit including plumbing, electrical, porches, balconies, walls, and appliances. There are less items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone who knows what they’re doing is still critical. As you know well, HOAs are a fickle group to be brutally 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.
Middle Village Home Inspections Include
The following list (of systems and inspection items) is not exhaustive. Not all of these may be in the inspection you get, but the inspector will be following a standardized checklist for the property:
* Heating controls and equipment
* Ducts and distribution systems
* Heating and air conditioning
* Heat controls and pumps
* Safety items such as TPRV valves, railings, egress etc.
* Windows and window gaskets
* Windows, doors, patios, walkways, walls
* Foundation, basement, and crawlspaces
* Plumbing systems and fixtures
* Electrical grounding, GFCI, outlets
* Fire detectors
* Indoor doors and hardware
* Kitchen appliances (microwave, trash compactor, range/oven, dishwasher, disposal)
* Laundry appliances (dryer and washer) if being sold with the house
* Insulation and ventilation systems
* Site drainage and grading
* Entry steps, hand rails
* Grass, bushes, trees, shrubs
* Retaining walls
* Roofing system
* Eaves, soffits, and fascias
Other tests that aren’t part of the normal inspection typically incur an additional charge.
· Sprinkler System Test
· Alarm System
· Water quality test
· Swimming Pool and Spa Inspection
· Septic systems
· Gas Line Leak Test
· Radon gas test
· Termite Inspection
Why Should I Purchase a Home Inspection?
Your new home has lots of systems and about 10,000 moving parts – from cooling and heating to ventilation and to appliances. When these systems and appliances interact with each another seamlessly, you have peace of mind. Weak links in the device, however, can produce a myriad of problems resulting in a loss in value and shortened system/component lifecycle. Would you purchase a used car without a reputable mechanic taking a look under its hood? Your property is far more complex, and to truly have a thorough inspection that is documented in a written report arms you with substantial information where to make informed decisions.
What is NOT Included in a Home Inspection
The majority of people believe that everything is inspected exhaustive on inspection day. This misunderstanding is responsible for many a homebuyer being upset with their inspector. The inspections we perform will not be exhaustive and there’s a great reason for this.
In the event you hired individual licensed experts in cooling and heating, electrical, plumbing, engineering, etc. to inspect the house, it would take about 15 hours and cost you around $2000! It is far more practical to rent a professional inspector who has a general understanding of home systems, knows things to search for, and can recommend further inspection by an experienced if needed. Your inspector can be following very specific guidelines issued by national or state organizations as he/she inspects your home. These guidelines are carefully written to protect both the house and also the inspector.
For instance, we’re directed to NOT turn systems on if these were off at the time of the inspection (for safety reasons); we aren’t ready to move furniture (might harm something); not allowed to turn on water if it’s off (possible flooding), and not allowed to break through a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The down-side in this practice is the fact by not operating a control, by not seeing within the furniture, and failing to get in to the attic or crawlspace, we’re going to might miss identifying a problem. However, placed in perspective, the prospect of missing something serious because of this is quite low. There are other products which more than 95% of inspectors consider outside an average inspection, including inspecting most things aren’t bolted down (installed in the home) for instance electronics, reduced voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning, or specialized systems for instance water purifiers, security systems, etc.
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If you’re looking for a reliable, professional, and affordable townhome, condo, or home inspection in Middle Village, your search is over. We know you have choices and we would be honored to send one of our inspectors to inspect your home and property. We are committed to getting the job done right and making you a satisfied customer. Call or email one of our staff members now (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.
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