Home Inspection Is Not Optional

With the numerous TV programs now covering the process of flipping properties, many homeowners have been given a sense of self confidence. These do-it-yourself shows have provided their audience with the idea that they too can be professional real estate investors. While you may have the funds to attempt flipping a property or two you have not been trained to professionally inspect a home. When it comes to serious buying and selling it pays to have elite home inspections done during the home buying or selling process. These professionals follow industry approved standards in methodically inspecting homes to give homeowners a real evaluation on the condition of the house. This assures buyers that they will not be making a poor investment.

Home inspections take a look at the home from the roof down to the foundation. Inspectors can check for mold and termites which are strong indicators of the true state of the property. Certified home inspectors will check the shingles, the electrical wiring, and the plumbing. Inspectors will also check if there are cracks in the walls and will look under the sinks to look for evidence of current or past leaks. Essentially, these professionals will thoroughly check if everything in the house is in proper working condition and provide you with a detailed inspection report that summarizes all of the issues into an easy to read format. The report gives the home owner or buyer a very transparent way to gauge the value of what they intend to sell or purchase.

In some cases, an inspection is also required prior to selling a home. Such is the case of termite inspection. Termites could be both flying and found underground or in subterranean conditions. These insects are sure to become a potential issue with home owners. Termites can affect the structural integrity of the house when it consumes the wooden portions of the house. Termites can turn the property into a potential danger zone. One can be sure that termites will not only cause physical damage, but will also pull down the value of the property.

Another thing elite home inspections can spot is mold infestation. Since mold favors moist areas, these could also mean unwanted moisture in the home. Not only that, it also reflects on the cleanliness of the home. Some molds are identified as health threats, some even causing ailments that could lead to death.

For both seller and buyer, getting rid of molds is important. Depending on the home inspection service, the inspectors might take samples of molds and have these analyzed. That is the way to identify the kind of mold and determine if these are dangerous. Professionals can provide a detailed report about the molds and give action steps to remedy the situation.

In checking the condition of the home, aside from the electrical wirings, some inspectors also perform a check of the home appliances. Some provide a separate report on what needs repair or replacement, especially for appliances with that are known to have been recalled by the manufacturer. Having these in the home also pose as a danger for the people living in the house. Having properly working appliances in the house for sale lessens the burden for the home buyer to acquire new appliances. As such, these appliances add value to the house for sale.

A home inspection is not a simple matter that can be done by untrained personnel. For home buyers, it would be a big risk not to have a home inspection done before signing the closing deal and handing over the payment. One cannot move into a home that is bound to be a future safety hazard. Having elite home inspections does the job of providing peace of mind perfectly. A home inspection team that offers a warranty on their work is the best option to pick.

Some companies offer a 90-day warranty. This means that the report that the company gives to a home buyer does not end on the day the buyer moves in. The warranty works when the new home owner spots something that is not in working order but is indicated as functioning on the report. The new home owner will not be under obligation to pay for the repairs and the inspectors will cover it. With this kind of warranty, the inspection team is not likely to make false declarations in their inspection report. This should give the home buyer the peace of mind that they are truly getting an accurate inspection report.

Buying a House? Know What a Home Inspection Really Is

There have been a lot of articles written about home inspections and all types of information on the web and yet we still see a lot of clients that don’t understand what a home inspection really is, so I am going to write one more article trying to explain what a home inspection really is and what the expectations of the client should be when they have a home inspected.

Today with all the different TV shows about remodeling and flipping houses, Home Inspections and all different types of shows about Real estate and the many different types of home, these shows are informative and entertaining but remember it takes several weeks of work and a lot of money to make a 30 minute show and you don’t get to see all of the prep work and details it takes to renovate some of these houses.

The shortest description of a home inspection that I can come up with is; A home inspection is a very intense visual inspection of the home with written documentation of the condition of the property at the time of the inspection. With that said a home inspection really is like a snap shot in time, an average home inspection for me is about three hours from the time I drive up and look at the house and then depending on the size and condition of the house it will take me another hour to do the paperwork to generate the report, and a very important note here; you should receive your report in a very timely manner, it may not be of much use to you if you are a couple of days after the terms of your contract to receive your home inspection report.

There are state standards that all home inspectors in Tennessee have to adhere to and a copy is available on the TN.gov web site. A quick scan of the standards will let you know that the list of things home inspectors are required to look at isn’t much longer than the list of things that the inspector is not required to do. Here is another important thing about the home inspection process; the home inspector is limited to the things that they can visually look at and check the operating conditions of equipment and appliances and document that they are operating as intended and document the approximate age of the equipment. Any obvious problems will be listed and documented like wet areas inside the home, plumbing leaks, HVAC units that are not working properly, bad roofs and the list goes on. Of all the things we home inspectors write up in reports safety items are the most important, they may not be the most expensive repairs but for personal safety a few dollars should not be an issue.

A home inspector is limited to what they have access to and visually see, they cannot physically damage a home by cutting holes in walls or ceilings, if water stains or wet areas are discovered the report will state what was found and usually recommend a contractor or trade professional do an in-depth evaluation of the problem and make any necessary repairs. If a home inspector finds missing flashing or some low quality work done by an untrained person and is documented in the inspection report it should be investigated farther by a contractor because there may very well be issues already starting to cause a problem and failure to make repairs will almost always turn into a bigger problem if not addressed in a timely manner.

There is nothing wrong with buying a home that is “AS IS” meaning you are happy that you are getting a good deal on a piece of property and may hire a home inspector to evaluate it to help with the “Surprise Factor” whenever you move in. Most of the time these properties are foreclosures or estate sales where the seller has never lived in the home and there is no disclosure statement. We do a lot of these types of inspections and usually they are a lot of fun to do, but they can be very challenging. There are often many things that need attention and the reports tend to have a long list. Unless you are a do-it-yourselfer and just want to tackle the job it is best to have a contractor come in and give you a bid on repairs before closing to avoid the sticker shock of major repairs.

The Walk Through before closing is one of the most overlooked parts of the process. If you are unsure about anything now is the time to speak up, problems can be addressed at this time better than after closing. During your walk through pay close attention and look for anything that may have changed, and evaluate any repairs that were to have been done. There are a lot of things that can happen to a home between the time it is inspected and the time the new buyer moves in especially weather related concerns and theft.

I encourage anyone getting a home inspection to try to be present during the inspection. It will allow you to meet the inspector and ask questions and see just how the process takes place. When hiring a home inspector be sure of the type report you are getting and when it will be delivered.