Types of Inspections
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 given 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 given to you.
Warranty Expiration Inspections
The majority of new homes sold today come with a builder's warranty. A comprehensive inspection prior to the warranty expiring can provide information that will enable to homeowner to provide documented evidence that repairs may be warranted. A "before the warranty runs out" inspection is conducted using the standards of practice used to inspect any home prior to purchase. You will be provided an inspection report listing in detail the items that "need repair." The details, if necessary, will be supported by digital pictures so demonstrating to the builder exactly what is incorrect will be simple. You will be reassured knowing that potential problems were addressed before they grew into something that could cost you a great deal down the road.
Seller Certified Home Program (Pre-Listing Inspections)
Pre-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 cancelled 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.
More and more folks are building new homes both in the country and the city. Usually, there are no building inspectors that service rural areas and often building inspectors in the city are overworked and stretched thin. We offer a great service called a "Phase Inspection". We visit the building site during and when key phases of the project are completed. For example, wouldn't it be comforting to have a second pair of eyes look at the rough plumbing before the slab is poured? We visit the home site multiple times during various phases of construction. Phase inspections can discover key concerns before its too late. Some common items include:
- Improperly flashed windows
- Failure to use cement board when building shower and tub surrounds
- Plumbing in the wrong place - can be caught at the rough plumbing stage when it's easy to change
- Improperly framed attics and roof structures
- Light fixtures in the wrong place
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.
Homeowner/Safety Inspection & Maintenance Checkups
This is an inspection for homeowners who would like to gain a greater knowledge of their home’s current condition as well as any potential safety issues. Peace of mind in your own home is very important. Becoming aware of small problems before they grow into large ones can save thousands on repair costs over time. The best type of Home Inspection and preventative maintenance you can give to your home is a yearly Professional Homeowner/Safety Inspection & Maintenance Checkup. Don't wait until it's to late and too expensive. Give your home a safety and maintenance checkup today.
Vacant property walk-through
When a property sits vacant awaiting sale, a weekly or monthly walk through by a certified home inspector can provide piece of mind for both homeowners and agents. This is not a full inspection rather a brief visual check of the property to ensure that no problems have or will occur during it’s time of vacancy. Pricing is based on a weekly or monthly basis and will be prorated as such.