Pre-Purchase and Pre-Listing Inspections
If you’re buying a house, you need a home inspection. Here’s why:
Knowledge: You’ll learn things about the condition of the house that you won’t find out any other way. A good home inspection will determine the condition of the all major systems of the house, top to bottom, inside and outside. A good inspection report will detail these conditions clearly, in plain, everyday English along with pictures so you can identify the problem area. Then the inspector you choose should always take the time to preform a walk through with you so you can see first hand any issues or positive features about the home you are considering. You will then know the house you’re buying, before you buy it.
Money: Let’s say you’re buying a $200,000 house and let’s say the inspection costs $400. That’s less than two one-thousandths of the cost of the house! A home inspection is literally the deal of a lifetime. If the inspection turns up nothing wrong with the house, you’ve bought some relatively inexpensive peace of mind. If the inspection finds serious problems, your $400 could end up saving you thousands.
How to choose a home inspection company
First, you should consider a locally-owned-and-operated inspection company. One that has a construction background and hands-on experience always assists in getting you a knowledgeable determination of the homes condition.
Next, you should never choose an inspector because they're offering a cheap home inspection. A cheap home inspection might just be the most expensive thing you’ll ever purchase. Understand the difference between COST & VALUE! Usually, a cheap home inspection will get you an inspector who will just fill in the blanks on a pre-written report. Inspectors who work cheap have to do a lot of inspections and are generally in a hurry to get all the inspections they can do in a day. That could mean missing some very detailed and important information on your potential investment. The $100 – $200 you “save” on a cheap inspection could cost you tens of thousands of dollars.
All home inspections are conducted to ASHI Standards. We examine:
Heating and Air Conditioning
Pools and Spas
It is important to remember that the normal home inspection is a Generalist/Visual Inspection only and is not intended to reveal every minor defect in a property. We do not inspect low voltage lighting systems, Water conditioners/softeners, security systems, wells, or septic systems. The generalist visual inspection is also not an environmental or termite inspection, although the inspector may offer opinions about what may be present based on his observations.
The Inspection Agreement
Prior to the inspection we ask that you REVIEW and sign the pre inspection agreement. The pre-inspection agreement contains additional specific information about the inspection. This agreement can either be signed and brought to the inspection, signed, scanned and e-mailed back to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to the office fax/phone at 352-588-2184.
Please call first to let us know you're faxing.