GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR HOME INSPECTION
Here at the Buyers Home Inspection Service, when we perform your home inspection we will be looking at several hundred items from the roof down to the foundation.
Various conditions can enhance or impair the inspection process. We want to do the best job possible for you and have prepared this guide to
* Be there if at all possible, it will help you understand the written report. Seeing what the inspector sees can make their discoveries more understandable. You may have some concerns based on your initial
* Distractions hurt. You should
* Accessibility counts. We’d like to look at as many things as possible. If you know that something important-such as an attic access, an electric panel or a furnace is blocked, ask your agent to see if it’s possible to have access available for the inspection. Your inspector is not allowed to move furniture or remove wall coverings; this is a non-invasive inspection.
* Home vacant? Be sure that all utilities are on. Outlets, furnaces, water heaters, built-in dishwashers, plumbing evaluations all require those all-important utilities to be on. We must charge for return trips necessitated by shut down utilities or other lack of access. Again, you can help get the best inspection by requesting all utilities be turned on and pilot lights lit.
* Background helps paint the picture. Disclosure statements, repair & replacement bills, maintenance history are always helpful information. If you have any of this information, share it with us before or at the inspection; it can only enhance your inspector’s effectiveness.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I choose a Home Inspector?
A: Call up and ask about their credentials and experience. If for some reason you don’t feel comfortable asking this of the inspector when speaking with them on the phone then how will you feel asking questions at the
Q: What will the inspection cover?
A: A thorough Inspection covers everything from
- Roof & Flashings
- Retaining Walls
- Siding & Trim
- Driveways & Walks
- Doors & Windows
- Major Appliances
- Electrical System
- Water Heater
- Plumbing System
- Air Conditioning
Q: How long will the Inspection take?
A: Most Inspections take about two to three hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home.
Q: Should I be present during the Inspection?
A: We recommend that you be present at the site of the inspection, from start to finish to see what we see.
Q: Why use our Services?
A: The purchase of a new home is one of the single most costly investments that a family will make. Along with the extra
A home inspection is an excellent tool for you, the home buyer, to help determine not only the condition of the
Q: Why can’t I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?
A: This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced
Q: What if I have questions after the inspection?
A: You can call us and discuss all the aspects of your new home whenever you like. Our service is a long-term investment
Links & Resources
A.S.H.I. (American Society of Home Inspectors)
E. D. I. (Exterior Design Institute)
InspectAPedia Free Encyclopedia of Building & Environmental Inspection, Testing, Diagnosis, Repair
EPA – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Map of Ohio Radon Zones
IAQ Indoor Air Quality
http://www.reals.com (General Real-estate Information)
Consumer Products Safety ( product safety publications )