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What is a "Home Inspection?"
•A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home. If you are thinking of buying a house, co-op, or condominium, you should have it properly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional home inspector.

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Why do I need a home inspection?
•The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect - both indoors and out - in terms of repair and maintenance and their costs. A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Water marks in the basement may indicate a chronic seepage problem or may be simply the result of a single incident. The home inspector interprets these and other clues, then presents his professional opinion as to the condition of the property before you buy, so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterwards.


Of course, a home inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the type of maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of what it is you are about to purchase, and you will be able to make your decision confidently. If you have owned your home for a period of time, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and recommend preventive measures which might avoid future repairs.

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What does a home inspection include?
•A complete home inspection includes a visual examination of the house from top to bottom. The inspector examines the heating system, the central air conditioning system, the interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, the foundation, basement and visible structure.
For more in depth descriptions, see our Comprehensive List

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Can’t I do it myself?
•Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds, perhaps thousands of homes in his career. An inspector is equally familiar with all the elements of home construction and with the proper installation, maintenance and interrelationships of those elements. Above all, most buyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may lead to a poor assessment.

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How much does an inspection cost?

•The inspection fee varies depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, age, special structures, etc. A typical home will cost at least $275 to $325 for a quality inspection.Some inspection companies charge much less, but this could be a sign of an inexperienced inspector or a substandard inspection.

•Cost should not be a factor in the decision whether or not to have a home inspection. You might save many times the cost of the inspection if you are able to renegotiate the purchase price based on significant problems revealed by the inspector. Consult your lawyer for guidance.

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Can a house "fail" inspection?

•No. A professional home inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of immediate or near future major repair or replacement.

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What do I look for in a home inspector?

•Ask the history of the inspectors experience.
•Make sure the inspector does not handle repairs - that creates a conflict of interest.
•Ask if you can accompany the inspector - buyers and sellers should be welcome to watch.
•Ask for a written report of the results.
•Look for an inspector who has Errors and Omissions Liability Insurance, which will protect you if it can be proven that the inspector was negligent.

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How long does an inspection take?
•For a professional , thorough, home inspection, a typical home will take 3 to 4 hours to inspect, depending on the size and number of problems discovered.


A standard home inspection covers the major systems of the home, which includes:
                     Structural - Roof - Plumbing - Heating & Cooling -  Electrical
           
           Plus the secondary components of the home which includes:
                     Doors - Windows - Fireplaces - Appliances - Insulation - Interior & Exterior Finishes

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Why should a buyer get an inspection?
•Purchasing a home is usually the biggest investment a person will ever make.  It only makes sense to know the condition of the property prior to consumating the purchase. New homes are no exception.  We frequently find more problems with new homes than with resale homes.

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Can the buyer attend the inspection?
•Absolutely, in fact we encourage it.  The inspection is an opportunity to ask a lot of questions and get answers from someone "in the know." 

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 How does a buyer find an inspector?

•Most buyers rely on their real estate agent to refer an inspector.  This usually works well, but a few agents have their own motives as top priority and may refer inspectors that will not discover the real problems with the home.
It is in the buyer's best interest to research the inspectors referred by the agent and select the inspector based on the inspector's experience.

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What will the inspection cover?
•A thorough Inspection covers everything from roof to the foundation.
Items that are included in the Inspection are as follows:

Attic Insulation Ventilation
Roof & Flashings Gutters Basement
Crawlspace Foundation Grading
Retaining Walls Siding & Trim Driveways & Walks
Ceilings Floors Walls
Doors & Windows Chimney Fireplace
Major Appliances Electrical System Water Heater
Plumbing System Air Conditioning Heating

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What if I have questions after the inspection?
•You can call us and discuss all the aspects of your new home whenever you like. Our service is a long-term investment.

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