What is a buyer’s home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual examination of the structure and components of a home to find items that are not performing correctly and items that are unsafe. If a problem or a symptom of a problem is found, the home inspector will include a description of it in a computer generated report containing pictures. Before the closing of escrow, you need to consider whether or not repairs are needed and consult with your real estate agent who will present these items to the seller on your behalf.
Why is a home inspection important?
A buyer needs a home inspection to find out all of the problems with the home before making a final decision to move forward. Choosing not to have a home inspected is a very risky decision that could end up costing you thousands. A home inspection can save you from buying a home in need of extensive repairs or that is unsafe for you and your family. Once your inspection is performed, review the inspection report and make a list of items you think should be addressed and present them to your agent in a timely manner. While the home inspection is not meant to be a tool for re-negotiations, many times it becomes just that. Our goal is to educate you about the home’s current condition so that you can make a more informed decision and move forward with confidence.
What if the report reveals problems?
All homes (even new construction) have problems and every problem has a solution. Solutions vary from a simple fix of the component to adjusting the purchase price. If the inspector recommends further evaluation by a qualified contractor or specialist, this means that you need to get a second opinion by a qualified contractor or specialist before your inspection time period runs out on your real estate contract.
What does a home inspection include?
Your inspection report will review the condition of the home’s heating and cooling systems (temperature permitting), plumbing system, electrical systems, roof, attic, insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, and structure. Greenwell Home Inspections also offers additional services not included in a typical home inspection, such as mold testing, radon testing, water testing, thermal imaging (infrared), wind mitigation inspections, 4 point insurance inspections, termite inspections, and more.
What should I NOT expect from a home inspection?
- A home inspection isnot protection against future failures. Stuff happens! Components like air conditioners and heat systems can and will break down. A home inspection attempts to reveal the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected. For protection from future failure you may want to consider a home warranty.
- A home inspection isnot an appraisal that determines the value of a home. Nor will the home inspector tell you if you should buy this home or what to pay for this home.
- A home inspection isnot a code inspection, which verifies local building code compliance. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. Homes built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with the code for homes built today. Your home inspector will report findings when it comes to safety concerns that may be in the current code such as ungrounded outlets above sinks. The home inspector thinks “Safety” not “Code” when performing a home inspection.
Should I attend the home inspection?
It is often helpful to be there so your home inspector can explain in person and answer any questions you may have. This is an excellent way to learn about your new home even if no problems are found. Be sure to give your home inspector time and space to concentrate and focus so he can do the best job possible for you.
What is a Home Warranty?
A home warranty does protect you against components that fail in the future. If you choose to have a warranty, be sure and qualify coverage of your problem over the phone with the warranty company before they send a repairman. If you do not, you may find out that your problem is not covered and you still must pay the deductible or trip service fee. If you learn from your home inspection that your furnace or another major component is old, you may be better off to buy a warranty before you purchase the house. We recommend you look closely at what is NOT covered in warranty company policies as you compare prices.
Your Greenwell Home Inspection includes a complete thorough examination of the home’s components.
Siding, paint, trim, flashing, windows, entry doors, decks, patios, porches, walkways, driveways, railings, drainage, garage vehicle doors and more.
Chimneys, skylights, flashing, vents, roof penetrations, shingles & all roof covering types, roof deck materials and more.
Foundations, floors, walls, attics, trusses, rafters, crawlspaces, columns, posts/piers, beams, carports, pools, screen enclosures and more.
INSULATION & VENTILATION
Attics, walls, crawlspaces, ducts, pipes, hoods, fans, vents and more.
Doors, windows, drywall/plaster, paneling, floor coverings, railings, partitions, fixtures, appliances and more.
Service, wiring, panels, disconnects, switches, outlets, ground wires, meters, service masts, receptacles, conductors, breakers, fuses, GFCI’s (ground fault circuit interrupters), AFCI’s (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters), smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and more.
Heating ventilation & air conditioning – Heat pumps, condensers, furnaces, air handlers, heating/cooling equipment, controls, thermostats, piping, fuel supply, distribution methods, ductwork, chimneys, flues, registers, vents, fireplaces, damper doors, hearths, safety controls, shut-off switches/valves and more.
Shut-off valves, water heaters, water heating systems, faucets, fixtures, water flow/pressure, drains, piping, pumps, pool pumps, filters, toilets, showers, bathtubs, sinks, and more.