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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 cost. 

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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