What is a home inspection?
Why do I need an inspection?
What does an inspection include?
Can't I or my uncle Bob do the inspection?
What will it cost and
do I need to attend?
When do I call in the home inspector?
What is a 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, you should
have it properly inspected before the final purchase, by an
experienced, impartial professional, qualified, certified, home
The purchase of a home may
well be the largest single investment you will ever make. You should
know exactly what to expect--indoors and out--in terms of repair and
maintenance and their potential. A fresh coat of paint could be
hiding serious structural problems. Watermarks 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 it, so you can avoid unpleasant and
possibly costly 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 an Accu-Check Home
Inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of what it is
you are about to purchase, and you will be able to make your
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.
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A complete home inspection
includes a visual examination of the house from top to bottom. The
inspector examines the heating system, the central air conditioning
system (when ambient temperature permits), the interior plumbing and
electrical systems, the roof and visible insulation, walls,
ceilings, floors, windows and doors, the foundation, basement or
crawlspace and visible structure.
Even the most experienced
homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home
inspector who is fully educated and who has inspected hundreds, (in
our case, thousands) of homes in his career. An inspector is equally
familiar with all the elements of home construction and with the
proper installation, maintenance and interrelationships of those
elements. It should also be considered that, most buyers find it
very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about
the house they really want, and this may lead to a poor and costly
The inspection fee for a
typical one-family house varies depending upon the size of the
house, particular features of the house, age, special structures,
etc. Our staff can give you a quote after you have answered some
questions regarding the property. We strongly encourage you to
attend the inspection. this will help you understand the scope of
any problem found.
The best time to call in the
home inspector is after you're offer on the house has been accepted
and before you sign the contract. Or you can ask your lawyer or
agent to include an "inspection clause" in the contract, making your
purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional