There are many different types of home inspection processes that you may want to conduct before the purchase of a home. By including a home inspection contingency in your purchase agreement, you may renegotiate the price you offered for the home, or ask the sellers to cover repairs if needed. In some cases, you may want to walk away from the purchase altogether.
Some inspections can be done by a seller prior to putting the home on the market. Below is a list of available inspections and how they can be used.
GENERAL HOME INSPECTION
A comprehensive Home Inspection Report is prepared by a home inspector, delivered within 24 hours (next business day) – often the same day.
A pre-listing home inspection provides you with comprehensive information on the current condition of your home and includes recommendations for property repairs and enhancements to improve the home’s value and marketability.
CONDO, TOWNHOME, MANUFACTURED HOME, DUPLEX, MULTIPLEX INSPECTION
There are many aspects of condominiums, townhomes, manufactured and mobile homes, duplexes and multiplexes that differ from a permanent residence. Similar to a full home inspection, the home inspector reviews all visual aspects of all major systems specific to these types of homes.
HOME BUYER CONSULTATION
Home Inspector provides home buyer consultations for homes that have already been inspected by that company. They will review and explain the home inspection report and answer any questions you may have.
ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
A One Year Anniversary home inspection is performed approximately 30 days before the expiration of the builder's one-year new home warranty to address any warranty-related concerns that you may want to bring to the builder's attention and allows time for any necessary repairs before the warranty expires.
A Move In home inspection is ideal when your newly constructed home is finished and ready for occupancy, but prior to the final walk-through by the builder. You get critical information about your new home prior to closing, giving the builder time to make any necessary corrections before the purchase is finalized.
WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS (WDI) INSPECTION ("PEST" INSPECTION)
A wood-destroying organism/insect inspection can be performed at the same time as one of the other inspections, or on its own, so you'll know if termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, or wood destroying beetles have worked their way into your house, and your home inspector will provide you with advice on how to handle the problem.
Across the US,1 in 15 homes has elevated levels of radon. Radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, resulting in over 20,000 deaths annually. The EPA recommends homes that measure 4.0 pCi/L or higher have a radon mitigation system installed.
AIR QUALITY TESTING
Poor indoor air quality can irritate the nose, throat, and eyes, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and a variety of respiratory diseases and cancers. Home Inspectors use state-of-the-art equipment to collect air samples for testing at accredited laboratories.
An Infrared (IR) thermal scan can help find anomalies that may otherwise remain hidden in walls, floors, and ceilings.
The job of the inspector is to protect your investment and find any issues with the home, including but not limited to: the roof, plumbing, electrical components, appliances, heating, and air conditioning systems, ventilation, windows, fireplace and chimney, foundation, and so much more.
Ignorance is not bliss when investing your hard-earned money into a home of your own. Work with a professional you can trust to give you the most information possible, so you can make the most educated decision about your purchase.
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