What is a home or commercial building inspection?
A building inspection is a visual inspection of the structure and components of the building 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 inspector will include a description of the problem in a written report and may recommend further evaluation.
Why is a building inspection important?
Buyers: Emotion often affects the buyer and makes it hard to imagine any problems with their new home or commercial property. A buyer needs a building inspection to find out all the problems possible with it before the close of escrow.
Home and Commercial Building Sellers: More and more sellers are choosing to have a thorough inspection before or when they first list their property. First and foremost, you should have an inspection for full disclosure. You will have demonstrated that you did all you could do to reveal any defects within the structure. Second, you will save money and hassle by knowing now what your defects are, not after you have already negotiated and are faced with costly repairs discovered at the buyers inspection. Defects found before the buyer comes along allow you to shop around for a contractor and not deal with inflated estimates that a buyer will present.
What if the report reveals problems?
All buildings (even new construction) have problems. Every problem has a solution. Solutions vary from a simple fix of the component to adjusting the purchase price but having an inspection allows the problem to be addressed before the sale closes.
What does a home inspection include?
An inspector's report will review the condition of the building heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior and exterior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure. We also offer additional services not included in a typical inspection, like termite reports from our licensed wood destroying insect inspectors.
What should I NOT expect from a home or commercial inspection?
- A building inspection is not protection against future failures. Stuff happens! Components like air conditioners and Heat Systems can and will break down. An inspection tells you the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected. For protection from future failure you may want to consider a warranty.
- A building inspection is not an appraisal that determines the value of the property. Nor will the inspector tell you if you should buy this property or what to pay for it.
- An inspection is not a code inspection, which verifies local building code compliance. Our inspector will not pass or fail a property. Homes or Commercial buildings built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with the codes for a building constructed today. Building inspectors will report findings when it comes to safety concerns that may be in the current code such as Non-Ground Fault Protected receptacles. The inspector thinks "Safety" not "Code" when performing a building inspection.
Should I attend the inspection?
It is often helpful to be there so the inspector can explain in person and answer any questions you may have. This is an excellent way to learn about your new property even if no problems are found. But be sure to give the inspector time and space to concentrate and focus so he can do the best job possible for you.