Q: I’ve heard people say “You don’t need a home inspection”. Why should I get one?
A: You have probably heard this advice when getting ready to put some conditions on the purchase of a new home. Or maybe your handy uncle has offered to view the house with you to save you the cost of a professional home inspector. Or maybe you have heard some horror stories about home inspectors who missed what seemed like some pretty obvious issues.
While many people may not understand the importance or role of a home inspection, increasingly it is becoming a standard process to ensure that both buyers and sellers are clear about the state of a property before finalizing the most important purchase or sale that many people ever make.
Premier Inspections will make the process of a home inspection as informative and stress-free as possible, answering whatever questions you may have and helping highlight those things you should be aware of before buying or selling the inspected property.
Q: How can a home inspection help me?
A: When it comes time to sell or purchase a home, many details need to get sorted out. This is a very stressful time. One of the biggest stresses is the unknown. Getting a home inspection is a great way to make sure everyone is aware of what the property is all about so there are no unnecessary surprises.
Although a home inspection may not get rid of all your worries, it will arm you with the information you need to make a sound decision regarding the sale or purchase of your home. Premier Inspections is dedicated to help make the process as worry free as possible.
Q: How much does a home inspection cost?
A: At Premier Inspections, the base price of a home inspection starts at $380. But the price varies based on a number of factors such as the size and age of the home. The larger the home is, the longer it will take to complete the inspection. The older a home is, the more complex the inspection is likely to be as a number of generations of systems will need to be considered. There are likely more safety issues and defects to examine in an older home. If there are additional spaces such at garages or additional residential units the price will also be higher.
Q: How long does a typical inspection take?
A: No two inspections are the same. So the time it takes will vary, depending on what is discovered during the inspection. But it is safe to assume that an average home will take between 2.5-3.5 hours.
Q: What is a pre-purchase inspection?
A: A pre-purchase inspection, sometimes called a buyers inspection, is performed often as a condition by the buyer on the purchase of a new property. In both new and older homes, one of the best ways to ensure that you are well informed about the strengths and weaknesses of a property is to have a professional home inspection. I am 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.
Q: What is a pre-listing inspection?
A: A pre-listing inspection, sometimes called a sellers inspection, is performed by the seller before putting their house up on the market. 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, even before you list your home. Knowledge is power. All homes have strengths and weaknesses. After living in a house for some time, you may be used to some things in your home that buyers may consider a problem they weren’t expecting. I can help you identify how serious the problems are and which should be immediately addressed and which can wait. The more you know about your home, the more prepared you will be for negotiation.
Q: What is a new home inspection?
A: 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 our 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.
Q: What things do you inspect during a home inspection?
A: As an InterNACHI certified property inspector I adhere to InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice. This means I will inspect all of the following (when accessible):
- Roof, vents, flashings, and trim,
- Gutters and downspouts,
- Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations,
- Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings,
- Eaves, soffit and fascia,
- Grading and drainage,
- Basement, foundation and crawlspace,
- Water penetration and foundation movement,
- Heating systems,
- Cooling systems,
- Main water shut off valves,
- Water heating system,
- Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets,
- Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats,
- Electrical service line and meter box,
- Main disconnect and service amperage,
- Electrical panels, breakers and fuses,
- Grounding and bonding,
- GFCIs and AFCIs,
- Fireplace damper door and hearth,
- Insulation and ventilation,
- Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers,
- And much more…
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