Home inspections provide you, the buyer, with information about how your future home could be defective or unsafe with major issues. Inspections prior to purchasing will give you the chance to walk away from an offer that seems great but could be hiding something that can cost you additional money in the long run.
One part of the exterior inspection is the foundation. Normally the foundation is not visible directly, so the inspector can examine cracks or settling, which are secondary evidence of foundation issues. Other areas for exterior inspection include, but are not limited to, the roof and garage (if any). It is important to know whether there’s any water damage, like attic leaks or mold and mildew, or defects in the roofing material, which could greatly impact the home's structural integrity. If there is a garage, the home inspector will, amongst other things, test that it is ventilated properly, and if it correctly opens/closes.
During the interior inspection of your future home, the inspector will run tests for faulty plumbing and electrical. This includes checking for leaks and water pressure in faucets and showers, pinpointing and examining the state of what pipes the home has, the type of wiring used, and any hazards that could arise from these two aspects of the home. Other areas for interior inspection include, but are not limited to, the working state of the water heater and the bathroom(s).
In the event that there are ever problems with the water heater, it’s important to understand how old it is, possibly how many functioning years it has left, what condition it’s in, etc. Buying a new home only to find out the bathroom(s) is not functional could set you back weeks to move in. Leaks, proper ventilation, and a correctly installed toilet, are a few things the home inspector will check for.
Replacing a roof? Having a new home built? Remodeling a bathroom? Adding a deck?
We’ll make sure your contractor does it right!
Have one of our local and independent certified inspectors stop by and check to see that the work is being done properly before it’s too late. The inspector can also approve the completed job before you make the final payment to the contractor.
Reasonable Rates: It costs no more than a few hundred dollars per visit to have a third-party, certified inspector check your project.
OverSeeIt inspectors offer a variety of services:
- Project and contractor oversight
- New construction phase inspections
- Final walk-through inspections
- One-Year Builder’s Warranty Inspections
- Annual inspections for home and commercial property owners
- Investor consulting
- Pre-Listing Seller Inspections
- Foreclosure inspections
- Insurance inspections
- Home inspections
OverSeeIt is a great resource for homeowners to check the work of someone else.
Did you know that 95% of big-name companies hire 1099 independent contractors to work for them? What does that mean to you as a homeowner? Simply put, they can be a plumber today and install a roof for a company that hired them tomorrow.
So BEFORE you sign a work completion form with the contractor, ALWAYS get a third party to double-check the work; regardless of how much money they spend on their marketing via the 5 O'clock news channel.
Find qualified home inspectors in your area. This website will help locate several home inspectors in a directory that connects home inspectors with real estate agents and home inspection clients.
Hiring a home inspector can be tough. Always do your research first when hiring someone that you do not know. Your new home is your #1 priority and one of your biggest investments.
Working with a real estate agent can offer great advice on who they recommend based on their relationships while working with that particular home inspector, however, Hire An Inspector is really about hiring qualified home inspectors in your area.
When selecting your home inspector and before you hire anyone, ask questions:
- Do you do a full home inspection?
- Do you actually go on my roof?
- Will you actually get in my attic?
- Can you show me one of your sample home inspections?
- Will you offer me ways to fix (DIY) or offer reputable contractors if there is an issue?
- Are you just finding issues with my home or is safety the #1 priority?
- Can I or someone that I know and trust be there during the inspection?
- During the inspection can I ask questions?
- Do you have a website that offers expert tutorials on common home fixes?
- Can we call you if we have questions years later for help on a project?
All of the above questions should be asked before you hire a home inspector. Again real estate agents are a great resource but at the end of the day, it's business. So before you jump to hire someone make sure they are resourceful and have additional tools and resources after the home inspection to assist you with your purchase.