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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.

 

Questions You Should Ask...

             ...when choosing a home inspector

Choosing a home inspection company is an important decision for every home buyer. A thorough, pre-purchase inspection of a house can be your best defense against unwanted surprises after you move into your new home.

On this page of my site, I will try to give you some insight into what questions you should ask when selecting a home inspection service. Even if you don't choose Archway Home Inspections, I'd like to help you make an educated decision.


QUESTIONS

The Company

1. Do you have Errors & Omissions insurance?
2. Do you encourage the client to attend the inspection?
3. How soon can you typically schedule an inspection?
4. How long will the inspection take?


The Inspector

1. Are you experienced in residential inspections?
2. Are your inspectors certified or licensed?


The Report

1. How much will the inspection cost?
2. What will the inspection report include?
3. Will you prepare a written report?
4. How soon is the report available?
5. Can we see a sample of your report?
6. Does the report conform to ASHI Standards?

 

Answers You Will Receive

...when choosing Archway Home Inspections



The Company...

1. Yes, I do carry Errors & Omissions insurance.

2. I always encourage buyers to attend the inspection. Buyers that attend have a better understanding of the property as viewed by the inspector and are better able to read and interpret the final report. The buyer's attendance also helps them understand the scope of a home inspection as well as the limitations. If you are unable to attend the entire inspection, I will take the time to give you a final summary tour at the end of the inspection.

3. An inspection can usually be scheduled within one or two days.

4. A typical inspection of a 2400 square foot house will take roughly 3-4 hours.


The Inspector...

1. Archway Home Inspections specializes in performing home inspections. In addition, I am constantly refining my skills by attending continuing education classes to maintain my national certifications and my state licenses.

2. I am certified member of ASHI. I adhere to the standards of the American Society of Home Inspectors, a professional society dedicated to establishing standards of excellence for professional home inspectors. I am licensed by the State of Ohio to do radon testing and Wood Destroying Insect inspections. I am a licensed radon contractor in Ohio (RC63)  Ohio does not license home inspectors.


The Report...

  1. The inspection fees vary slightly depending on the size and age of the house. Please call for a quote. We offer a package deal consisting of a termite inspection, radon test, and whole-house inspection.

    Costs of individual services:

    For termite inspections : $75.00

    For only Radon Testing : $150.00


    Call the office at (513) 871-1473 for a specific quotation.

    2. A full inspection covers the Site/Grounds, Exterior, Structural Components, Foundation, Roof, Attic, Insulation, Ventilation, Plumbing, Electrical, Heating/AC, Garage, Kitchen, Bathrooms, and Interior. I make my best effert to enter the attic and crawl space areas.  If it is safe, I will mount the home's roof.

    3. Yes, I prepare an extensive digital report that generally runs 30-33 pages. It will include digital pictures and detailed additional comments.

    4. The report is usually available within 24 hours. It will be e-mailed to you and your realtor, if you wish.

    5. You can receive a sample report by contacting our office.

    6. Yes, my reports conform to (and exceed) the ASHI Standards of Practice.

Types of 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, air-conditioning and heating systems operated. The Inspector will fill the sinks and tub(s), run the shower(s), and flush the toilets. All the while 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 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 you 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

Warranty inspections are performed during the 11th month of your 1-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

Includes Multi-Unit Housing

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)

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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