TRHIS is here to educate you about your prospective home, not to scare you. What makes home inspections scary for some people is past experiences and disappointments or just plain nerves. You might see the house differently than ever before on inspection day. The home inspection is often the first time you will look at the house more “analytically” instead of “emotionally.” It can be difficult if you are not prepared for the step-by-step evaluation of the house. But, if you are prepared for the slight change of perspective that the home inspection may bring, the process becomes much easier.
Ok, but rest assured, there is no such thing as a perfect house. Prepare for the fact that some defects will likely be found in the house, but keep in mind that every house, even a new house, will have some issues. The inspection report and the inspector will help distinguish between big problems and small ones. Ask questions during the inspection. Think about your concerns and needs prior to that day and make sure you get the answers you require. There will always be maintenance and some unexpected repairs. No inspection can completely eliminate all risks, and all homes require maintenance, repair, and care. It is important to be comfortable with this concept prior to the inspection experience—especially those of you who have never owned a home before. Unfortunately, home price and home condition do not go hand-in-hand. Price has much more to do with location and the current market conditions than anything else. After all, even million dollar homes have defects. So, no matter what the purchase price, avoid falling into the trap of expecting a flawless house.
Whether you are buying a home, selling a home, or looking to protect the quality, safety, and longevity of your home investment you will find our home inspection service clear, thorough, and unbiased. We provide you with an effective tool to help you make the best decisions to meet your goal.
We expect a home to keep us sheltered, safe, and comfortable every day for years. The materials, systems and their components, and structural design of a home are continuously interacting with external surroundings such as gravity, land and soil, water and plants, atmosphere and sun, and with internal conditions such as temperature, moisture and humidity, and of course its occupants. This constant interactivity is why a home requires regular upkeep and periodic evaluation to maintain its full functioning and value.
No home is in perfect condition and even a new home will have some discoverable defects. With our trained eye defects are discovered, documented with digital photography, and collected into an overall picture of the current state of the home. Our home inspection is given the full time needed to be thorough, usually three to four hours. Highlights are presented during a walk through tour and complete findings are delivered in the home inspection written report usually within twenty-four hours.
Our home inspection may reveal conditions you want to include in your home purchase price negotiations or issues you may want to correct to smooth and speed your home’s sale, and items that may need attention now to prevent from developing into larger problems later.
Any questions you may have about our home inspection findings or service are welcome.
Our home inspection procedure is guided by, but not limited to, the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board (NCHILB) standards of practice.
The inspection provides an opportunity for you to learn about the home’s physical condition, the systems that are present, whether they are functioning as intended, and routine maintenance items that go along with them.
You and your Realtor have already studied the market and comparable properties. Through that process, you were able to decide on the value and desirability of the home. Now is where we come in. As Home Inspectors, our job is to assess the condition of the home and its systems. During the inspection, we will look at many different aspects of the home, including the roof, exterior and interior condition, & the structural and mechanical condition of the home.We determine the condition of each system individually and within the context of the house as a whole.
The malfunction of one system affects the condition of the house as a whole: a misdirected downspout will affect the home’s foundation and/or create an environment in the crawlspace that is ideal for termites or fungal growth; any evidence of water damage or leakage, no matter how small, could indicate a significant problem elsewhere in the house, including the home’s structural integrity; an outlet not securely fastened to the wall can create a fire hazard; an HVAC system that does not drain properly will eventually affect the rooms below it. The Home inspector must look at the function of the systems both individually and collectively within the home.