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Home Inspection Services in Pomonok Houses

If you’ve been around, then you’ll understand the need for home inspections. A detailed home inspection protects you the buyer against the obvious problems that every home has. While the inspection is not fool proof, an inspector worth her weight in gold will be able to identify the major systems and components that could be ready to break down on you as a new homeowner. A competent inspector will narrow down the probabilities of system failure greatly.

Typically and simply put, a home inspection in Pomonok Houses is an evaluation of the accessible and visible systems and components within a house (cooling and heating, plumbing, roofing, electrical, structure, etc. and is intended to give the customer a clearer understanding of the house’s overall condition. Call today to schedule an inspection at 332-334-7701 or Request a Quote. You’ll be glad you made the call.

Typically, the inspection is a homebuyer who asks for a home inspection he or she is serious about buying. An inspection of the home provides data so that decision makers can question or confirm details about the home questioned or confirmed, and can uncover expensive-to-repair and serious defects that the owner/seller 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, a home inspection makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with local code or protects a customer in the event something inspected fails.

Side note: You can buy warranties to cover several items in the house.

Pomonok Houses Home Inspection Specialists

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

Home inspections are done (less often) by a homeseller prior to listing the property to see if there are any hidden problems that they are unaware of, and also by home owners simply wishing to care for their homes, prevent surprises, and keep the home investment value as high as possible

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

1. Major defects, such as large cracks in the home’s foundation; building out of plumb or level; decks not supported or installed correctly, etc. These are items that are expensive to repair, which are items requiring over 1.9% of the purchase price to fix.

2. Things that could lead to major defects – i.e. a support beam that was not tied in to the structure properly, a roof flashing leak that could grow, or damaged down spouts that could cause backup and water intrusion.

3. Safety hazards, such as exposed wiring in bathrooms and kitchens, lack of safety railing on decks more than 30 inches off the ground, lack of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), etc.


Your property inspector should be able to advise you about what to do about these issues. She may recommend a formal evaluation on more matters – by certified and/or licensed professionals who are specialists in the problem areas. For instance, your inspector may advise you call a licensed structural or building engineer if they find sections of the home that are misaligned, as this could indicate a serious structural deficiency.

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

This is patently false! 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 sellers to create their property more sellable, and by buyers wanting to ascertain the problem of the potential home.

Home owners, particularly, can benefit from obtaining a home inspection before listing the home. Here are just a few of the advantages for the home owner:


· The home owner could make repairs leisurely instead of being in a hurry following the contract is signed.

· The home owner is likely to be alerted to any safety issues found in your home before they open it down for open house tours.

· The home owner usually takes the report and ensure it is into an advertising piece for the home.

· A home inspection will help the home owner become more objective in regards to setting a fair price on the home.

Why Can't I Perform the Inspection Myself?

You most certainly can do it yourself. Most homebuyers lack the objectivity, skill, and knowledge necessary to inspect a house themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes inside and out, but they really don’t. Using the services of a qualified home inspector, they gain a much better comprehension of the problem 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” by a qualified specialist. Remember that the home inspector is a generalist and has broad training in most of the major home systems.

Should I Be There at the Inspection?

It’s recommended for you to personally 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 in addition to point out maintenance features that would be helpful in the future. In the event that you can’t be there, it’s no problem considering that the report you get is likely to be very detailed. If you are not present, then you need to be sure to ask your inspector to explain anything that’s not yet determined in the report. Also browse the inspection agreement carefully which means you know what is covered and what is not covered in the inspection. When there is a trouble with the inspection or the report, you must raise the problems quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you’d like the inspector to go back following the inspection to show you things, this is often arranged and is a good idea, 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 agreement

However, it’s very important to let the inspector do the job you’re paying for. We love our customers, but we also know that constant interference and interruptions (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 individual units within a condo building, homeowners pay a monthly assessment fee to a home owners association (HOA) or condo association, which pays for the maintenance and upkeep of all exteriors including the actual (lighting, exterior walls, roof, etc.), stairways, fire escapes, landscaping, sidewalks, and parking areas. Depending on the size of the building, the is also responsible for maintaining the HVAC. In smaller condo buildings, many 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 plumbing, electrical, porches, balconies, walls, and appliances. There are fewer items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone who knows what they’re doing is still a must. As you know well, Home Owners Associations are a fickle bunch 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 condo, 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.

Pomonok Houses Home Inspections Include

The following list (of systems and inspection items) is not exhaustive. Not all of these may be in the inspection you receive, but the inspector will follow a standard checklist for the home:

· Air Conditioning and controls
· Heat pumps and controls
· Kitchen appliances (microwave, trash compactor, range/oven, dishwasher, disposal)
· Laundry appliances (dryer and washer) if being sold with the house
· Walls, doors, windows, patios, walkways
· Windows
· Soffits, eaves, and fascias
· Drainage and grading
· Ventilation systems and Insulation
· Shrubs, trees, bushes, lawn
· Retaining walls
· Heating equipment and controls
· Distribution systems and ducts
· Driveways
· Indoor doors and hardware
· Roofing, flashings, chimneys, and attic
· Safety items such as railings, TPR valves, egress, etc.
· Walls, floors, ceilings
· Entry steps, hand rails

· Bricks, masonry
· Basement, foundation, and crawl spaces
· Garage walls, doors, and door operation
· Plumbing systems and fixtures
· Electrical panels, electrical system
· Electrical outlets, GFCI, and grounding
· Fire detectors


Some tests which aren’t part of the original inspection typically require an additional charge.
· Radon Gas Test
· Water Quality Test
· Termites
· 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 lots of systems and approx. 9900 moving parts – from cooling and heating to ventilation systems and to appliances. When they interact with each another seamlessly, you’ve got peace of mind. Weak links in the system, however, can produce assorted problems ultimately causing a loss in value and shortened system lifecycle. Would you buy a used car with no reputable mechanic taking a look at it? Your home is far more complicated, and to truly have a thorough inspection that’s documented in a written report arms you with substantial information which to create informed decisions.

What is NOT Included in a Home Inspection

Most of the people think that everything is inspected exhaustive on inspection day. This misunderstanding is mainly responsible for many a homebuyer to get upset using their inspector. The inspections we perform aren’t exhaustive and there’s a good reason for this.

In case you hired individual licensed experts in cooling and heating, electrical, plumbing, engineering, etc. to inspect your property, it’d take about fifteen hours and cost you around two grand! It may appear far more practical (and affordable) to hire an experienced inspector that has a general knowledge of home systems, knows things to search for, and can recommend further inspection by a specialist if needed. Your inspector is likewise following very specific guidelines issued by state or national organizations as he/she inspects your home. The guidelines are written in order to protect both your property and also the inspector.

For instance, we are told to not turn systems on if these were off at the time of the inspection (for safety reasons); we are not in a position to move furniture (might harm something); against the rules to turn on water should it be off (possible flooding), and against the rules to sneak through the sealed attic hatch (possible damage). Obviously of your practice is by not operating a control, by not seeing below the furniture, and failing to get enough in to the crawlspace or attic, we are going to might miss identifying a problem. However, place into perspective, the prospect of missing something serious for that reason is pretty low. There are more goods that more than 90% of inspectors consider outside a standard inspection, for example inspecting most things which are not bolted down (installed inside the home) just like electronics, low voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning, or specialized systems just like water purifiers, alarm systems, etc.

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Pomonok Houses Home Inspection Experts

If you are looking for a professional, reliable, and affordable home, condo, or town home inspection in Pomonok Houses, look no further. We understand you have choices and we’d be honored to send one of our inspectors to inspect your property. We are committed to getting the job done right and making you a satisfied customer. E-mail or phone one of our staff members (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.

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