There are many times when an inspection can give you an advantage. If you are buying a home, getting a home inspection means you know about any problems and their solutions before you move in. If you are selling a home, getting a home inspection means you know you are complying with full disclosure laws, and means you can consider selecting contractors rather than waiting for the buyer to do so. If you are having a home built or recently purchased a new home from a builder and the one year "builder warranty" is about to expire, a home inspection by a professional can let you know whether the builder/contractor did the job correctly.
Whether you are selling your home on your own or using a realtor, it's always a prudent idea to have a professional home inspection. Knowledge is power. All homes have strengths and weaknesses: we help you answer how serious the problems are and which must be immediately addressed and which can wait. The more you know about your home, the more prepared you will be for negotiation.
New Home Inspection
Because the quality of new construction quality is often not what it used to be some years ago, many buyers have independent reviews of their properties during various stages of the construction process, including slab, frame, and final inspection. This relatively inexpensive inspection protects your purchase, prevents unpleasant surprises, and ensures the quality home that you've dreamed about.
New Construction Framing Inspections
Inspection of the building shell before the application of drywall, enables us to examine the detail of the structure. Elements inspected include framework, support beams, electrical and plumbing rough out and roof venting to mention a few. Where deficiencies are noted, a written report will be provided. Common deficiencies include unsecured walls, defective lumber, improper structural load path, improperly nailed wall sheathing or siding, missing flashings, inadequately secured or altered trusses, improperly installed components, inadequately sealed windows, missing roof vents and pinched electrical wires due to framework. Re-inspection of frame inspection is recommended before drywall application.
1-Year Warranty Inspection
Most builders provide a one year warranty for new construction. Generally during this period of time the buyer develops a "punch list" of corrections for the contractor to repair under the warranty coverage. Some defects will not be obvious to the untrained eye. It is prudent to obtain a home inspectors list of items that will most likely be repaired by your builder at no cost to you. 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.
The best way to ensure that you are well informed about the strengths and weaknesses of a property is to have a professional home inspection. Home inspectors are trained to identify problem areas both small and large that may have been overlooked by the previous owners and to identify which require immediate attention.
Let us spot the problems (new and old), before you commit to so major an investment and decision. A trained professional has seen it all and will provide invaluable help in turning you into a knowledgeable consumer. Home owners can identify problems in the making and take preventive measures to avoid costly repairs. Sellers can understand conditions the buyer's inspector may point out and put the property in better selling condition by making repairs.