First Time Home Buyers
Purchasing a Home is very stressful
Not very many times in your life will you have to deal with lawyers, realtors, city, taxes, financing, offers, purchase offers, moving, etc, especially all at the same time!
Often the last thing that you worry about is getting the inspection, make sure that you hire me so that you know you are getting a quality inspection!
You come with me on the inspection so that you know all about what you are getting.
I will go over every system in the house with you so that you have an idea of how to take care of your new home.
You can call me any time after the inspection if you have questions, often I can even come out to personally show you
Don't get sucked into a money pit
A home is a very complex system made up of many different sub-systems, where you will be spending at least 8 hours a day in and if one of these systems is not functioning correctly you may be sitting on a ticking time bomb. (say a leak over an electrical panel, fungus growth in the basement)
A typical home inspection begins about 30 - 60 minutes before you get to the inspection, as I will already be there setting up and getting started with the inspection.
A home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of a home. It involves crawling around/under/in; decks, trees, crawlspaces, attics, sump pumps, closets, basements, roofs, garages, furnaces, kitchens, hotwater tanks, bedrooms, etc using a variety of specialized tools; moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, voltage checkers, gfci testers, etc and organizing this into a clear consice report for you that is easy to understand.
I conduct my inspections using InterNACHI standards of practice, you can find these standards by clicking here.
Below is a list of some of the items that I check:
♦ 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 more