What is a Home Inspection?
The home buying process can be confusing and stressful. Not only do you need to consider things such as price and location, but you also have to worry about whether the house itself has any problems that could become costly surprises down the road.
The home inspection is an unbiased, professional assessment of the condition of the house. It provides you with an expert opinion and professional report on the condition of the physical structure and various systems within a house. It gives you peace of mind on what is likely the largest purchase you will ever make.
In order to prepare the report, an inspector must conduct a visual inspection of the house. The inspection process typically takes about three hours to complete. This may vary, according to the size and condition of the home.
We will inspect all the structural elements and systems of the home. Items that will typically be included in an inspection are:
Roof and attic
Heating and air conditioning systems
We can also inspect additional items and systems unique to a particular home.
When we complete the inspection, we'll tell you of any problems discovered and discuss them with you. We will also tell you about any routine maintenance that should be performed to keep the home and its systems in top condition, as well as answer any questions you may have. You'll also receive a full written report of the inspection.
Download Sample Report
Does your home have a roof?
Do you want it walked if possible? Does your home inspector own ladders tall enough to get on the roof? Is he or she even qualified to inspect your home?
If your inspector shows up without
ladders, chances are he did not plan on
from the inspecting roof \top.
Before you schedule your inspection based on price alone, you should know what they are going to inspect and not going to inspect. Also, make sure that your inspector is qualified.
The purpose of a home inspection is to determine if there are any Major Problems with any of the structural or mechanical systems of the home, which could significantly affect the value of the property. As your inspector goes through his procedure he will uncover many minor problems as well. After the actual inspection portion of the work is complete, your inspector will review the inspection report with you and point out the significance of each item he reports.
A home inspection is an educational experience for our customers. We strongly encourage you to accompany the inspector during the inspection. This will give you a chance to ask questions and become familiar with the systems of the home.
If you do not attend and participate, you are missing out on the full benefit of our service. Therefore, we highly recommend you attend the inspection so you can get the most value from our work.
There are many benefits to attending and participating in the home inspection. First, you're more able to appreciate what a thorough and detailed job your inspector does. You can learn about the maintenance that your property might require. You will learn how to shut the water off and where other major plumbing shutoff valves and system controls are located. Your inspector can educate you on how to shut off the power and gas. You'll also learn how to change the filters on your HVAC system, etc. If the inspector observes any problems, you can see them first hand. This can make the answers to your questions easier to understand.
Unfortunately, it isn't always possible for the customer to attend the inspection. If you can't be at the property for the entire inspection (1 1/2 - 3 hours), try to arrive at the end of the inspection so the inspector can review the findings with you and you can ask questions. If you can't attend at all, after you get a copy of the report, call the inspector and they will be happy to review the report with you.
Once more, we encourage you to attend the inspection if at all possible.
Our goal is to discover and inform you of anything we find that might affect your purchase decision.
The best way to ensure that you are
well informed about the strengths
and weaknesses of a property is
with a Reliable Home Inspection Service, Inc. professional home inspection.
Reliable inspectors are selected,
trained and monitored,
We do offer a variety of
discounts, so be sure to call
our office for pricing!
Could this old un-lined
chimney have been seen if the roof was not walked?
Not all roofs can be walked, although most can.
Wood, Stone, or Metal of unusual or extremely steep roofs may not be able to be walked.
Reliable Home Inspection Service has its' very own Drone for roof inspections when your roof can't be walked - and has on staff a licensed drone pilot.
At a low cost, Reliable can use its drone services to do a high-resolution drone roof inspection.