What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a professional, objective, visual examination of the condition of a home. Home buyers entering the marketplace view inspections as a way to gain valuable information about the biggest purchase of their lifetime. It helps them to determine whether there are any major defects or system inadequacies at the time of purchase.

In most cases when the sales contract is written, the buyer has an opportunity for due diligence by having a home inspection performed. The inspection can usually be arranged within a few days, after the sales contract is written. The home buyer is encouraged to attend the inspection, so that he/she can see first hand the workings of the home. It also represents an excellent opportunity for the prospective buyer to ask questions about the home or to discuss potential changes.

Home inspections should also highlight the positive aspects of a home. In fact, many of the home inspector’s observations or recommendations help to dispel home purchaser anxieties, and provide useful repair suggestions.

The home inspector’s service to the purchaser is primarily one of education. The goal of the inspector is to provide the purchaser with a better understanding of the physical condition of the home in order for them to make a well-informed decision. It is also the inspector’s role to keep his findings in perspective for the buyer. After the inspection is completed, a written report is prepared for the home buyer, documenting the results of the inspection.

The home inspection should not be confused with an appraisal, a municipal code inspection, an environmental audit, or a home owner’s warranty. A complete home inspection should cover all of the major systems of a house, including structure, exterior, roofing, electrical, heating, cooling, insulation, plumbing and interior. As a minimum, an inspection should meet the Standards of Practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI).

Not all home inspectors have the same experience or provide the same type of report. Some inspections are a checklist format; others are a narrative format or a combination of both. Some may include pictures. Most belong to professional inspection associations and adhere to their ethics and standards, while others do not. Home inspectors with engineering or construction experience are the most qualified inspectors since they have a first hand on where the damages occur the most.

Pre-Listing Inspection
Selling Your Home?

Anyone selling their home needs to get a home inspection. Why wait until the deal is done to have the buyers inspection reveal concerns that put the brakes on your sale. At that point, it's very difficult for you as the seller to continue negotiations. A pre-inspected listing will also give you the ability to fix any problems and deal with any issues ahead of time, so there won't be any surprises.

As real estate market conditions continue to soften, you need every advantage possible to help your home sell. Don't wait with your fingers crossed, hoping the buyer's home inspector doesn't find any problems. Consider a pre-listing home inspection to put you in the driver's seat and to present your home in the proper light.

Should I Inspect my co-op/ condo ?

When purchasing a co-op or a condo it is just as important to request a home inspection especially if its a new development built by an inexperienced developer. When inspecting a co-op or a condo I will inspect all your appliances, doors and windows , plumbing and drainage , heating, electrical circuit box, flooring , kitchen cabinets, walls and ceilings, moisture intrusion, sinks, all the outlets and plenty of other things. The majority of times larger buildings that are say over 8 units dont allow the inspector to inspect areas such as the roof for instance, these areas are not a major concern since the building is responsible for the repair of a roof, boiler and hot water heater.

Anything inside the unit the owner of the co-op or condo is responsible for. Throughout my years as a home inspector i have found countless unexpected problems in co-ops and condos. From water damage beneath windows to recalled electrical circuit panels. If your interested in a inspection for a co-op or condo call me i am also available for a walk-through inspections or even to review a punch list. I do recommend you be present at the inspection of course because there are somethings that need to be explained in detail and i prefer you accompany me so i can also review the price that certain issues usually take to rectify.