We recommend that the purchaser be present at the time of the inspection. Our experts begin by inspecting the entire exterior of the property. The interior inspection begins in the attic and is completed in the basement. We work from the top to bottom and thoroughly inspect all rooms (including closets). Special attention is given to bathrooms and kitchens because these are where some of the greatest expenses for a homeowner are incurred. The greatest amount of time is usually spent in the basement, as this is where the inspector may detect significant structural or mechanical deficiencies.
During the entire inspection, we verbally explain the conditions of each item being inspected. While our inspectors are trained to detect deficiencies and problem areas, we will also detect quality materials and craftsmanship. The inspector will provide the client with many low-cost maintenance tips, and will educate the buyer as to how the components in a home function. Attending the inspection is often an education in homeowner maintenance.
When the verbal inspection is complete, the inspector writes up a detailed, multi-page, comprehensive report, and provides it to the client on the spot. If the client is unable to attend the inspection, the report will be mailed, emailed, or faxed within 24 hours. After the client has thoroughly read the report, we will be available to answer any questions by phone or email. A copy of your report will remain on file, in our office, for any future reference.
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property, and the need for any major repairs, before you buy so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. Of course, a home inspection also points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape.
After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase. If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection may be used to identify upcoming problems and to learn preventive measures, which might help to avoid costly future repairs.
If you are planning to sell your home, you may wish to have an inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of conditions that may be discovered by the buyer's inspector, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.