What Is A Home Inspection?
It is a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home to find items that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe. If a problem or a symptom of a problem is found the home inspector will include a description of the problem in a written report and may recommend further evaluation. Before you close, you need to consider whether or not repairs are needed now and who’s going to pay for them.
Why is a home inspection important?
Emotion often affects the buyer and makes it hard to imagine any problems with their new home. A buyer needs a home inspection to find out all the problems possible with the home before moving in. Once your inspection is performed, do not wait on the agent to assist you. Review the inspection and make a list of items you think the seller should address and present them to the agent in a timely manner. While the inspection is not meant to be a tool for re-negotiations, many times it becomes one. Don’t let your brother or uncle or a friend do it. You are not saving any money by letting a friend look. Even if he is a contractor, it does not mean that he is a good inspector. You need a qualified, unbiased inspection, so when the inspector does find problems, they won’t be easily minimized by the other parties because your uncle or friend did the inspection.
What if the report reveals problems?
All homes (even new construction) have problems and Every problem has a solution. Let us help you find the solutions which can vary from a simple fix of the component to adjusting the purchase price. Your inspector will identify the concerns and in some cases may recommend further evaluation by a specialist in that area and you should have this done prior to your contract signing or closing.
What does a home inspection include?
The home inspection report will provide you with detailed information about the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing, electrical systems, roof, attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement, and visible structure.
What should I NOT expect from a home inspection?
A home inspection is not protection against future failures. Stuff happens! Components like air conditioners and heat systems can and will break down. A home inspection attempts to reveal the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected. Remember your inspector is not in a position to open up walls or remove finishes. For protection from future failure you may want to consider a home warranty.
A home inspection is not an appraisal that determines the value of a home. Nor will a home inspector tell you if you should buy this home or what to pay for this home.
A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. Homes built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with the code for homes built today. Our NY State Licensed home inspector is required to point out any immediate safety concerns and report them to the seller and any realtors present as this affects all parties. A home inspector thinks “Safety” not “Code” when performing a home inspection.
Should I attend the home inspection?
It is often helpful to be there so the home inspector can explain in person and answer any questions you may have. This is an excellent way to learn about your new home even if no problems are found. But be sure to give the home inspector time and space to concentrate and focus so he can do the best job possible for you.
What is a Home Warranty?
A home warranty does protect you against components that fail in the future.
Our inspections are covered by our 90 day warranty package to provide you some needed peace of mind. It is a limited warranty that can help cover certain items f they fail after a home inspection.
Why Choose Us?
We are the single source for all your home inspection needs. In addition to home inspections we offer radon, mold and environmental testing services.
Promptness, experience, professionalism and honesty are the cornerstones of our business.
A Touchstone Home Inspection evaluates all the major elements of the home including the structural elements, heating, cooling, electrical, plumbing – and more, so that you can make an informed home purchase decision.