Why You Need a Home Inspection

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Why You Need a Home Inspection2018-12-11T18:48:45+00:00

Why You Need A Home Inspector

Buying a home is one of the most expensive and stressful processes you will ever go through. As a homebuyer, it’s important to find a comfortable home that suits the needs and desires of your family. However, you also need to view your home purchase as investing in a long-term asset, and feel fully confident in that investment.

A home inspection is an integral part of the home buying process that can save you a lot of money and potential frustration. It’s an inexpensive and non-invasive way for a homebuyer to determine the overall condition of a home prior to closing on a purchase, providing you the knowledge and peace of mind to make an informed decision.

Though not required by most loan programs in order to purchase a house, foregoing a home inspection is often ill-advised for a prospective home buyer. A certified inspection can serve as a basis for a contingency clause, providing you grounds for canceling a sale and recovering all of your earnest money if the inspection reveals serious issues with the property.

CRUCIAL INFORMATION

A home inspection can reveal crucial information about a home that can potentially make or break a sale. At a glance, a home may look ready to live in, but there may be major issues that a buyer can’t see, like structural deficiencies, plumbing issues, faulty electrical wiring, or problems with HVAC. The last thing you want as a home buyer is to close on a home, only to later find out it is in need of major repairs; that kind of oversight could result in tens of thousands of dollars in repairs that you would need to make down the line.

A certified Safeguard Home Inspector will inspect the entire home—from the roof down to the foundation—and every key feature/system in between. This includes the exterior, interior, HVAC, insulation, ventilation, structure, plumbing, and electrical systems.

During the course of the inspection, the inspector will be looking for potential safety issues, major/minor material defects, and any aspect of the home that is in need of repair or service (i.e. rotted plywood/support beams, rusted drainage systems, ungrounded electrical circuits, cracked windows, non-functioning appliances, etc.).

After each inspection, our inspector will provide a detailed report outlining the current condition of the home, as well as any suggested repairs and points of concern. Make sure nothing is left to chance on your home purchase.

CRUCIAL INFORMATION

A home inspection can reveal crucial information about a home that can potentially make or break a sale. At a glance, a home may look ready to live in, but there may be major issues that a buyer can’t see, like structural deficiencies, plumbing issues, faulty electrical wiring, or problems with HVAC. The last thing you want as a home buyer is to close on a home, only to later find out it is in need of major repairs; that kind of oversight could result in tens of thousands of dollars in repairs that you would need to make down the line.

A certified Safeguard Home Inspector will inspect the entire home—from the roof down to the foundation—and every key feature/system in between. This includes the exterior, interior, HVAC, insulation, ventilation, structure, plumbing, and electrical systems.

During the course of the inspection, the inspector will be looking for potential safety issues, major/minor material defects, and any aspect of the home that is in need of repair or service (i.e. rotted plywood/support beams, rusted drainage systems, ungrounded electrical circuits, cracked windows, non-functioning appliances, etc.).

After each inspection, our inspector will provide a detailed report outlining the current condition of the home, as well as any suggested repairs and points of concern. Make sure nothing is left to chance on your home purchase.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Buying a house is already expensive. Why do I need a home inspection?2018-08-01T05:54:47+00:00

Buying a house is one of the largest purchases you will ever make. While a home may look perfect on the outside, there could be a lot of potentially expensive issues hiding under the surface that you need to know about before closing. Don’t leave anything to chance; get your home inspected.

The home I’m interested in is new construction. Do I still need to have it inspected?2018-08-01T05:55:02+00:00

Yes. Just because a home is new doesn’t mean it won’t have problems; it just means that someone hasn’t lived in it yet to discover any of its potential defects.

I’m thinking about selling my home. Should I have my home inspected before putting it on the market?2018-08-01T05:55:23+00:00

While it is not a requirement for you to have your home inspected prior to putting it up for sale, a pre-listing home inspection can be beneficial. It reveals the true state of your home and allows you to identify and repair potential deal-breakers prior to being discovered by the home buyer inspection.

When do I contact a home inspector?2018-08-01T07:16:29+00:00

Normally you would contact a home inspector after a purchase agreement has been signed. To protect your best interests, we highly recommend that you make sure there is an inspection contingency clause in the agreement prior to signing, specifying buyer and seller obligations after the completion and findings of an inspection.

How long does an inspection take?2018-08-01T07:16:44+00:00

On average, you should expect the inspection of a typical single-family home to last between 2-3 hours. For larger properties, it may take longer, and require an additional inspector onsite.

Can I be there during the inspection?2018-08-01T07:17:03+00:00

Absolutely! In fact, we encourage you to be there. As a prospective home buyer, the purpose of our inspection is not just to inspect the home, but to also educate the buyer and make sure you are the most informed about a property prior to moving forward with a purchase.

What type of report does the inspector provide?2018-08-01T07:18:04+00:00

Our inspector provides a comprehensive report in line with the InterNACHI Standards of Practice that identifies material defects of the components and systems of a home along with our recommendations for repairs. Usually, the full report is ready for you within 24 hours of the inspection! For a sample of our reporting, click here.

What if the inspector finds problems with the home?2018-08-01T07:18:34+00:00

No home, new or old, is going to be free of problems. However, not all problems require major fixes. Having a home inspection helps you identify possible issues before they potentially become bigger and costlier.

Can my home fail a home inspection?2018-08-01T07:20:03+00:00

No. A home inspection is not the same as an appraisal or municipal inspection. A home inspector reports on the physical condition of the home, and any possible material defects in need of repair or replacement. It’s not pass/fail; it’s just the facts.

Will you offer to do repairs based off your inspection?2018-08-01T07:21:04+00:00

In compliance with the InterNACHI Code of Ethics Article I, Section 11, we, as InterNACHI certified inspectors, are prohibited from performing or offering any repairs or related services to any home for which we have prepared a home inspection report for a period of 12 months. For any suggested repairs, we recommend consulting a specialist.

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