One of the most important steps when purchasing a home is to have the home inspected by a licensed and experienced home inspector. Home inspectors are trained to test the heating, electrical and plumbing systems in addition to many other components of the home. We have worked with dozens of inspectors over the years and can provide you with a list of some of the ones we felt performed well for our clients in the past. Ultimately, you will be the one to decide which inspector is right for you. When interviewing a home inspector, ask the inspector what type of report format he or she provides. There are many styles of reports used by property inspectors, including the checklist, computer generated using inspection programs, and a narrative style.
We recommend that you are present during the entire inspection if possible. This helps you to understand the condition of the home and the details of the report.
At the end of the inspection your inspector may provide a summary with a question and answer period. Use this opportunity to ask questions regarding terms or conditions that you may not be familiar with. A good inspector should be able to explain the answers to your questions. If for some reason a question cannot be answered at the time of the inspection, the inspector should research the question and obtain the answer for you. For instance, if the inspector's report states that the concrete foundation has common cracks, be sure to ask, "Why are they common?" The answer you should receive will be along these lines: common cracks are usually due to normal concrete curing and or shrinkage. The inspector's knowledge and experience is how the size and characteristics of the cracking is determined.
After receiving a written copy, take the time and become familiar with your report. Digest the report completely and understand the condition of the home you are about to purchase. After all, it is most likely one of the largest investments you will ever make.
In addition to a traditional home inspection, there are many other possible inspections which may be appropriate and recommended by us. We will carefully evaluate your particular needs and provide you recommendations on other possible inspections that will benefit you.