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Pre-purchase Home Inspection

I cannot emphasize enough the value and necessity of an extensive home inspection. Many home purchasers, either in the desire to save the $200 to $500 that a good inspection costs, or due to simple ignorance, have spent enormous sums of money repairing items that any good home inspector would have pointed out. Any offer to purchase you make should be contingent upon (subject to) a whole house inspection with a satisfactory report. Do not let anyone--not the agent, not your family or friends, and especially not the seller--dissuade you from having the property thoroughly inspected! Not only will you sleep much sounder after you have moved into the house, a professional inspection can give you an escape hatch from a contract on a defective house. If the contract is written contingent on an acceptable inspection, any defects in the home must be either repaired or monetarily compensated for. If you are not satisfied, you have the option to cancel the contract.

Inspections are designed to disclose defects in the property that could materially affect its safety, livability, or resale value. They are not designed to disclose cosmetic deficiencies (for example, an interior wall that needs paint touch up). You will need to determine on your own those type of items that will need attention: don't expect a whole house inspection to reveal them to you.

Don't wait until you have placed an offer on a house before you begin the search for a home inspector. There will be a time limit in the contract designating when the inspection must be completed, typically 7 days. If you start trying to find an inspector at that point, and cannot find an acceptable one to schedule it in that time frame, you will only have two choices: go with an inspector that is not your first choice, or run the risk of running past the deadline for the inspection (which could void any chance having the seller take care of repairs). Neither is an acceptable alternative!


Pre-listing Home Inspection

More and more home sellers are making a smart choice and having a home inspection performed prior to putting their home on the market. Also referred to as a “seller’s inspection”, these pre-listing home inspections have a number of advantages if you are trying to do that “extra thing” to sell your home.

A prelisting inspection includes all of the items that a standard home inspection comes with, including a pest and dry rot inspection.

Eliminate the Element of Surprise with a Pre-listing Home Inspection
While your potential buyer is probably, and should, have a home inspector take a look at your house as well, our home inspection report will help eliminate the element of surprise for you.  You should know what is coming.

Maximize Your Profits with a Pre-listing Home Inspection
Why wait to pay the buyers more money after they have the home inspection? Should you decide to, you can fix some or all of the items we note of on the home inspection and press the full market price for your home!

Sell Your Home Faster with a Pre-listing Home Inspection
Many Realtors across the country are noting of the potential to sell homes faster after having a pre-listing inspection performed.

Here are some other advantages outlined by NACHI – The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors:
It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party.
It helps you to price your home realistically.
It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that ...
a. Defects won't become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
b. You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
It may relieve prospect's concerns and suspicions.
It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
It may alert you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.


How long does the inspection take

A good house inspection should take between 2 and 4 hours, depending on the size and age of the house and the access to reach areas like basements and attics.  The older the house, the more details come to play during the inspection, like the possibility of finding asbestos, lead plumbing, knob & tube electrical wiring, outdated equipment and other items that are no longer consider safe and/or are coming to the end of their economic life.



Home inspection report

The Basic Report consists of the Contract page, Key page, Grounds, Exterior/Foundation, Roof, Plumbing, Heating, Electrical, Interior, Garage, Kitchen and Bathroom pages. 10 additional specialty pages are available. This is our most popular inspection report.

The Deluxe Report comes with everything on the basic report PLUS its own three-ring binder along with illustrated index tabs, standards of practice booklet and a How to Operate Your Home book. This system is popular with clients looking for visual aids on all aspects of the inspection, plus a very helpful book in how to manage your home’s repairs and maintenance.



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