What is Home Inspection?
A Home Inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home. If you are thinking of buying a house, co-op or condominium, have it properly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional home inspector.
What does a Home Inspection include?
A complete Home Inspection includes a visual examination of the house from top to bottom. The inspector examines the heating system, central air conditioning system*, interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof and visible insulation. They also inspect the walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement and visible structure. (* when temperature permits)
Why do I need Home Inspection?
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect–both indoors and out–in terms of repair and maintenance and their costs. A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Water marks in the basement may indicate a chronic seepage problem or may be simply the result of a single incident. The home inspector interprets these and other clues, then presents his professional opinion as to the condition of the property before you buy, so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterwards.
Of course, a home inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the type of maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of what it is you are about to purchase. You will be able to make your decision confidently. If you have owned your home for a period of time, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and recommend preventive measures which might avoid future repairs.