Below are some of the frequently
asked questions that we often hear from you...
An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a
building. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, mobile home, or
commercial building, you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final
purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector.
A complete inspection includes a visual examination of the building from top to
bottom. The inspector evaluates and reports the condition of the structure,
roof, foundation, drainage, plumbing, heating system, central air-conditioning
system, visible insulation, walls, windows, and doors. Only those items that are
visible and accessible by normal means are included in the report.
The best time to consult the inspector is right after you have made an offer on
your new building. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to
inspect the building. Ask your professional agent to include this inspection
clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the
findings of a professional inspection.
No. A professional inspection is simply an examination into the current
condition of your prospective real estate purchase. It is not an appraisal or a
Municipal Code inspection. An inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a
building, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will
be in need of minor or major repairs or replacement.
If the inspector finds problems in a building, it does not necessarily
mean you should not buy it, only that you will know in advance what type of
repairs to anticipate. A seller may be willing to make repairs because of
significant problems discovered by the inspector. If your budget is tight, or if
you do not wish to become involved in future repair work, you may decide that
this is not the property for you. The choice is yours.
Definitely! Now you can complete your purchase with peace of mind about the
condition of the property and its equipment and systems. You may have learned a
few things about your property from the inspection report, and will want to keep
that information for your future reference. Above all, you can rest assured that
you are making a well-informed purchase decision and that you will be able to
enjoy or occupy your new home or building the way you want.
The purchase of a home or commercial building is one of the largest single
investments you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect---both
indoors and out -- in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. A
fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Stains on the
ceiling may indicate a chronic roof leakage problem or may be simply the result
of a single incident. The inspector interprets these and other clues, then
presents a professional opinion as to the condition of the property so you can
avoid unpleasant surprises afterward. Of course, an inspection will also point
out the positive aspects of a building, as well as the type of maintenance
needed to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much
clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and be able to
make your decision confidently.
As a seller, if you have owned your building for a period of time, an inspection
can identify potential problems in the sale of your building and can recommend
preventive measures which might avoid future expensive repairs.
Even the most experienced building or home owner lacks the knowledge and
expertise of a professional inspector who has inspected hundreds, and perhaps
thousands of homes and buildings in their career. An inspector is equally
familiar with the critical elements of construction and with the proper
installation, maintenance and interrelationships of these elements. Above all,
most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional
about the building they really want, and this may lead to a poor assessment.
The inspection fee will
vary depending upon the size of the building, particular features of the
building, age, type of structure, etc. Once you call us and tell us about
the building, we will be able to provide you with the
Ultimately, the cost should not be a factor
in the decision whether or not to have a physical inspection. You might
save many times the cost of the inspection if you are
able to have the seller perform repairs based on
significant problems revealed by the inspector.
"While we work independently during the inspection, buyers
are encouraged to attend the final half to discuss findings with the inspector.
"(You're welcome to come earlier, but we don't talk much while we are busy
performing the inspection).
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