Home Inspection Services in Queens Village
If you’ve been around for a while, then you’ll recognize the need for home inspections in Queens Village. 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 should be able to identify the primary systems and components that could be ready to break on you as a new home owner. A good inspector will narrow down the likelihood of system failure considerably.
Typically, a home inspection is an evaluation of the visible and accessible systems and components within a house (structure, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, roof, etc.) and is meant to give the client a clearer understanding of the unit’s overall 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 homebuyer who requests an inspection of the home they are serious about buying. An inspection of the home provides data points 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 a property’s appraisal value. The inspection does not point out the cost of repairs for defects the inspector finds. Similarly, an inspection of the property makes not claim that the home and its systems complies with local building codes or protects a client in the event an item inspected fails in the future.
Sidenote: You can buy warranties for 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 property evaluation on the day it is inspected, taking into account normal wear and tear of the home based on age and location. An inspection of the property can also include 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 conducted (less often) by a home seller prior to putting the property on the market to see if there are any hidden problems that they are unaware of, and also by owners simply wanting 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 property:
1. Serious defects, such as large differential cracks in the home’s foundation; structure out of plumb or level; decks not supported or installed properly, etc. These items are expensive to fix, which we classify as entire systems needing over 2% of the buy price to repair.
2. Items that could lead to major defects – i.e., damaged down spouts that could cause backup and water intrusion, a roof flashing leak that could grow larger, or a support beam that was not tied to the structure properly.
3. Safety hazards, such as lack of safety railing on decks above 30 inches, lack of GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters), exposed electrical wiring in kitchens and bathrooms, etc.
Your inspector should be able to counsel you on what you should do about these issues. She may recommend a formal evaluation on matters – by licensed or certified professionals who specialize in the defect areas. For instance, your inspector may 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 and one that might cost thousands to repair.
Home Inspections are performed by a buyer when they sign a formal contract, right?
This isn’t true! As you will discover when you read on, a home inspection may be used for interim inspections in new construction projects, as a maintenance tool by a current homeowner, a proactive technique by sellers to make their property more sellable, and by buyers wanting to find out the problem of the potential home.
Homeowners, particularly, can take advantage of obtaining a home inspection before listing the home. Here are only a several advantages for the homeowner:
· The homeowner knows the house! The home inspector will have a way to get answers to his/her questions on the annals of any problems they find.
· A home inspection will help the homeowner be much more objective as it pertains to setting a reasonable price on the home.
· The homeowner usually takes the report and allow it to be into an advertising 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?
Sure, you could do it yourself. Unfortunately, most home buyers lack the knowledge, skill, and objectivity necessary to inspect a home themselves. In other words, they think they know their homes, but they really don’t. When you use services of a qualified home inspector, they gain an improved 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 attention” by a qualified specialist. Remember that the home inspector is just 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 be present during the inspection – whether you are a homebuyer, seller, or homeowner. With you there, the inspector can point out 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 is not a problem because the report you obtain will undoubtedly be very detailed. If you are not present, then you should be sure to ask your inspector to describe anything that is not clear in the report. Also browse the inspection agreement carefully so you understand what is covered and what is not covered in the inspection. When there is a trouble with the inspection or the report, you need to raise the difficulties quickly by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If you would like the inspector to return after the inspection showing you things, this is arranged and is recommended, 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 initial agreement
However, it’s important for you to let the inspector do the work you’re paying for. We love our customers, but we also know that constant interruptions and interference (some might even call it nagging) make the inspection 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 an assessment fee to a also is on the hook for maintaining the community boiler system or HVAC. In smaller condo buildings, many owners have their own mini-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 fewer items to inspect, but getting an inspection from someone qualified is still important. 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 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.
Queens 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 follow a standardized checklist for the property:
· Distribution systems and ducts
· Fire places
· Air Conditioning and controls
· Safety items such as egress, TPRV valves, railings, etc.
· Walls, floors, ceilings
· Kitchen floors, cabinets, counters
· Window systems
· Walls, patios, doors, walkways, windows
· Garages, garage walls, floors, and doors
· Electrical system, panels
· Fire detectors
· Interior doors and hardware
· Kitchen appliances (stove top, oven, disposal, trash compactor, dishwasher, microwave)
· Laundry appliances (washer and dryer)
· Ventilation systems and Insulation
· Grading and site drainage
· Bricks, masonry
· Grass, bushes, trees, shrubs
· Retaining walls
· Roofing, flashings, chimneys, and attic
· Eaves, soffits, and fascias
Some tests that aren’t a part of the original inspection usually incur an extra fee.
· Alarm System
· Swimming Pool and Spa Inspection
· Mold Screening
· Gas Line Leak Test
· Sprinkler System Test
· Radon Gas Test
· Water Quality Test
· Septic systems
Why Should I Purchase a Home Inspection?
Your new home has a large number of systems and approx. 9900 moving parts – from heating and cooling to ventilation systems and to appliances. When appliances and systems interact, 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 at it? Your property is far more complicated, and to truly have a thorough inspection that is documented in a report arms you with substantial information on which to make informed decisions.
What is NOT Included in a Home Inspection
A lot of people believe that everything is inspected thoroughly on inspection day. This misunderstanding has caused many a homebuyer to generally be upset because of their inspector. The inspections we do are not exhaustive and there’s a justified reason for this.
When you hire separate licensed experts in hvac, plumbing, electrical, engineering, etc. to examine your own home, it would take about fifteen hours and cost you about two grand! It is far more practical to get a professional inspector who may have a general understanding of home systems, knows excellent customer service, and can suggest further inspection by an expert if needed. Your inspector is likewise following very specific guidelines issued by national or state organizations as he/she inspects your home. These guidelines are meticulously written to protect both your house and the inspector.
Here are some examples, we have been told to NOT turn systems on if these were off before the inspection (for safety reasons); we are really not able to move furniture (might harm something); against the rules to turn on water whether it is off (possible flooding), and against the rules to kick by having a sealed attic hatch (possible damage). The side effects of this practice is the fact by not operating a control, by not seeing below the furniture, and failing to get enough to the attic or crawlspace, we’re going to might miss identifying a problem. However, put in perspective, the likelihood of missing something serious as a result is pretty low. There are other items that more than 95% of inspectors consider outside an ordinary inspection, for example inspecting most things which are not bolted down (installed from the home) like electronics, low voltage lighting, space heaters, portable air conditioning units, or specialized systems like water purifiers, security systems, etc.
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If you’re looking for a professional, reliable, and affordable home, condo, or town home inspection in Queens Village, look no further. We understand you have choices and we would 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 a satisfied customer. Call or email one of our staff (332-334-7701 or Request a Quote) to book an appointment.
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