To Protect Your Family!
A home is usually the largest purchase you will ever make. It is in your best interest to make sure you know the true condition of the home. When you buy a car, you always get to test drive it. Not the case with a home purchase. All you get to do is look at it and ‘kick the tires’. When buying a used car, the smart buyer will take it to be checked out by a qualified mechanic. Consider a Home Inspector as your qualified mechanic for checking out your future home’s condition.
A Home Inspector will check out the condition of the structural components, exterior, roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating, insulation and ventilation, air conditioning, and interiors. The home inspection gives the buyer an impartial, physical evaluation of the overall condition of the home and items that need to be repaired or replaced. If the inspector suspects a problem, he will report it to you and may recommend further evaluation by a licensed technician or engineer.
Sound advice when buying a home or a car: Have it checked out by a professional.
MY PLEDGE TO YOU
I dedicate 100-percent of my time and energy delivering First-Class service to YOU, my customer. My philosophy about real estate is simple. I put myself in your shoes, treat you like family and treat your money like it was my money. The greatest compliment I can receive is a referral from you to a fried or family member.
J.B Anderson, Board Certified Master Inspector
Principal Owner and Inspector
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. Of course, a home inspection also points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the house you are about to purchase.
When Do I Call The Home Inspector?
A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Would you like to make your home more desirable to potential buyers? Have it inspected! Our Seller’s inspection program enables Real Estate Agent’s to create a “Hot Link” at their web site listing that will take a prospective buyer straight to the home inspection report with no diversions. Any defects or problems discovered through the Buyer’s inspection will most likely cause renegotiation, inflated repair estimates, and increased anxiety. A pro-active Seller’s inspection will virtually eliminate all the hassles a Buyer’s inspection may cause. If any significant damage or defects are discovered, your listing Agent can discuss them with you and determine an appropriate course of action. This will allow you time to shop around for the best price to repair or correct any identified problem areas. Knowing what defects, if any, are present at the initial listing creates enormous benefits. If repairs are made after the initial inspection, J.B. Anderson Inspections will perform a follow-up inspection, clean up the initial report and upload the revised report to your web listing. When a Buyer is intrigued about a home they are looking at, a main reservation is the condition of the home. Seeing the report and home warranty right then, may produce a phone call for more info instead of clicking to the next ad. It’s a great sales tool! And if your home needs some repairs, then why not fix them now on your terms and not the Buyers. After all, it is still your home.
Can A Home Fail An Inspection?
A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate in their opinion what may need major repair or replacement.
Can’t I Do It Myself?
For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.
Cost? Is It Worth It?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, its age, and possible additional services, such as septic, well or radon testing. It is a good idea to check local prices on your own. However, do not let cost be the primary factor in in the selection of you home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspector is NOT necessarily a bargain. The inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration.
What Does It Include?
The standard home inspector’s report will review the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure.
Do I Have To Be There?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but we encourage clients to attend whenever. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly, as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you’ve seen the property first-hand through the inspector’s eyes.
What If The Report Reveals Problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or make repairs if major problems are found. Your real estate professional can help you determine what is the best course of action.
How Long Will The Inspection Take?
Generally, A single-family home inspection will last about 2 ½ to 3 hours.
THE FINAL WALKTHROUGH
Why should I do a final walk through prior to closing?
Your final walk through inspection, just prior to the closing, is a vital component of the home purchase…Here’s why.
A home inspection is a visual inspection of the structural and mechanical components. A furnished home presents certain problems for an inspection because all areas typically are not visible, such as the floors due to furnishings or floor coverings (vinyl, tile, area rugs, etc.); interior of drawers, closets, and cabinets due to storage; walls due to furnishings and wall hangings; etc. Furnishings, storage, and use of electric outlets typically prevent the testing of every electric outlet. Furnishings, storage, and window coverings typically prevent access, inspection, and/or testing of every window from the interior.
Here’s what typically happens with occupied and fully furnished residences. Since the residence is being lived in and systems are being used on a daily basis, it is possible that something will be damaged or fail during the escrow period and during the move-out/move-in process. Homeowners rarely damage something during escrow and file a claim against their homeowner’s insurance policy because, hey, it’s not even their home anymore. You own it. Why should they fix something that belongs to you? Additionally, many people, when moving in or out, have “moving parties” or move out or in hurriedly so they don’t have to take too much time off from work or use up vacation days or sick leave to move. These are when most post-inspection damage occurs, and usually it is by the guests (or movers) helping the owner (seller or buyer) move, so the owner may not even know anything about the damage. In both these instances, sellers like to say, “Your home inspector must not have seen that.” Buyers like to say, “Our home inspector missed that.”
Here’s what we know, though: Windows and window screens, and door and door screens, are easily damaged and/or dislodged during the escrow period and during the move-out/move-in process. Screens present and in good condition at time of inspection could be missing or damaged by the time Client is completely moved in. Doors and windows present and in good condition at time of inspection could be damaged or not working properly by the time Client is completely moved in. Because of the location of water supply and drainage pipes, typically in sink cabinets, where we start cramming things immediately upon move-in, they are easily damaged during the escrow period and during the move-out/move-in process, possibly causing loose pipes and leaks. Lights, wall switches, and outlets (electrical, telephone, and cable) get a lot of use during the escrow period, during the move-out/move-in process, and for that “final party,” “first party,” or “housewarming,” and thus are easily damaged. Lights, switches, and outlets that were working and in good condition at time of inspection could be damaged or not working by the time Client is completely moved in.
So how do you remedy all this post-inspection damage? We believe that is the purpose of your final walk-through, not only to make sure that any requested items have been repaired, but to make sure that additional damage, deterioration, and destruction beyond normal wear and tear has not occurred. We recommend a careful, slow, and thorough observation at your final walk-through to ensure your satisfaction.
A vacant and unfurnished home presents its own types of problems. Although we can see virtually everything, residences that are vacant for any period of time can be expected to present problems upon move-in. Some structural and mechanical components and systems that have not been used on a daily basis can be expected to fail upon first use. A home is meant to be used, meaning that a fully functioning home requires proper use, care, and maintenance. When a residence is vacant, there is no one to do regular monitoring and maintenance. Think about the “haunted house” in your neighborhood or city when you were growing up. It was vacant and dilapidated, and deterioration was continuing on a daily basis because no one was around to take care of it. Same thing with any vacant residence, new or used. Deterioration is an ongoing process; it does not quit simply because a residence is vacant. We recommend that, during the escrow period, you compile a list of qualified service personnel (plumber, electrician, appliance repair, etc.) and telephone numbers to assist you in the event of any emergency during the move-in process.