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What Is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a professional, objective, visual examination of the condition of a home. Home buyers now entering the marketplace view inspections as a way to gain valuable information about the biggest purchase of their lifetime. It helps them to determine whether there are any major defects or system inadequacies at the time of purchase.

In most cases, home inspections are performed after a sales contract, conditional upon a satisfactory home inspection has been accepted by the seller. The inspection can usually be arranged immediately to within a few days. The home buyer is typically encouraged to attend the inspection so that he/she can see first-hand the workings of the home. It also represents an excellent opportunity for the prospective buyer to ask questions about the home or to discuss potential changes.

Home inspections should also highlight the positive aspects of a home. In fact, many of the home inspector’s observations or recommendations help to dispel home purchaser anxieties and provide useful repair suggestions.

The home inspector’s service to the purchaser is primarily one of education. The goal of the inspector is to provide the purchaser with a better understanding of the physical condition of the home in order that they can make a well-informed decision. It is also the inspector’s role to keep his findings in perspective for the buyer. After the inspection is completed, a written report should be prepared for the home buyer, documenting the results of the inspection.
The home inspection should not be confused with an appraisal, a municipal code inspection, an environmental audit, or a home owner’s warranty.

A complete home inspection should cover all of the major systems of a house, including structure, exterior, roofing, electrical, heating, cooling, insulation, plumbing, and interior. As a minimum, an inspection should meet the Standards of Practice of the National Association of Home Inspectors.

Consumers should be very careful when shopping for a home inspector. The industry, on the whole, is unregulated and many unqualified people offer home inspection services. Home inspection companies that offer to do repair work, or recommend repair companies, should be avoided.

Archway Home Inspections, L.L.C. Pre-Purchase Inspections

Pre-Purchase Inspection

A home inspection is a visual process where all of the items typically used within a home are tested and/or operated to verify proper operation or installation. Doors and windows are opened and closed, roofing materials inspected, and air-conditioning and heating systems operated. The inspector will fill the sink(s) and tub(s), run the shower(s) and flush the toilet(s). All the while, the inspector will be making notes on the condition and operation of the components tested. Upon completion, a report will be distributed to you.

New Construction Inspections

New Construction Inspection

New construction inspections are performed at the completion of construction, but prior to your final walk-through with the builder’s customer service representative or superintendent. It is always a good idea to verify that utilities (gas, water, and electric) have been turned on, either by you or the builder, depending on the builder’s policy. The inspection should be scheduled just a day or two before your final walk-through with the builder. This will ensure that most, if not all, last minute items have been completed prior to your inspection. At the conclusion of the inspection, a completed report will be distributed to you.

Pre-Warranty Expiration Inspections

Pre-Warranty Expiration Inspection

Warranty inspections are performed during the 11th month of your one-year Builder Warranty. The inspection will be performed to verify that proper building techniques were used and that the various components of the home were properly installed. You will be presented with a completed report at the end of the inspection, along with digital photos taken as needed for inaccessible areas.

Investor Property Inspections

Investor Property Home Inspection

Investor property inspections are performed prior to purchase, as well as periodically during ownership. Pre-purchase inspections are performed to identify defects prior to taking ownership to negotiate repairs or price adjustments, which reflect the condition of the property. Periodic inspections for properties currently in your portfolio would ensure the identification of needed repairs following, say, a long-term tenant’s departure. Long-term tenants sometimes neglect to mention repairs and/or abuse the property during their tenancy. Identifying those problems early is the key to profitable ownership.

Seller Certified Home Program (Pre-Listing Inspections)

Seller Certified Home Inspection

Listing inspections are very good for the homeowner who may not be in tune with the condition of their home. A great many sales are canceled due to the buyer’s shock at the “functional condition” of the home. It may look great, but have serious technical, safety, or functional issues present without the owner’s knowledge. Having the home inspected prior to placing on the market is the ideal way to identify and either repair or disclose the issue found in the inspection report. Obviously, repairing the items would be the most beneficial towards completing the sale. However, there may be financial reasons where the owner can’t make the repairs. Disclosing them up front and pricing the home based upon that disclosure will often times produce a higher net sales price for the owner.

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