What is a home inspection and what does it include?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. A standard home inspection report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system; interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.
Home inspections help buyers determine whether there are any major defects or system inadequacies before they buy, and it minimizes any unpleasant surprises or significant financial burdens later on.
The home inspector’s service is primarily one of education. The goal of the inspector is to provide buyers with a better understanding of the physical condition of their prospective home so that they can make a more informed decision.
Advantage Home & Environment Inspections provides other select services such as the following:
- Full Home Inspections to West Virginia Title #87 ‘Certification of Home Inspectors’ Standards
- Pre-Listing Full Home Inspections to West Virginia Title #87 ‘Certification of Home Inspectors’ Standards
- New Home Inspection at End of Contractor’s 1 Year Warranty to West Virginia Title #87 ‘Certification of Home Inspectors’ Standards
- Maintenance Home Inspections to West Virginia Title #87 ‘Certification of Home Inspectors’ Standards
- New Home : 3 Phased Inspections
- New Home Contractors End of Warranty Inspection
- Compliance Inspections (includes site visits during repair work process)
How much will it cost?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age, possible other factors such as if it has a crawl space or not, and the Inspectors’ qualifications, such as a Registered Professional Engineer, number of completed Inspections, years in the profession, and membership in the WVAHI, West Virginia Association of Home Inspectors.
One should not let the cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the recommendations from your Banker or Lending Institutions, Insurance Agent, Appraiser, Lawyer, Friends, and/or Realtor as a guide.
We take great pride in performing careful and thorough inspections. Our home inspections typically range from 3-4 hours long depending on the size of the house or property. (Commercial inspections can vary greatly depending on the size and condition of the property and the number of units involved.) We encourage Our clients to follow along as we perform the inspection.
After we have looked over your property, we will prepare a detailed inspection report which can be provided to you in either print or digital format. Because my inspections are very thorough, there will be a lot of detailed information in the report, including – almost always — recommended repairs and potential safety hazards.
Please remember that no home is perfect and that even newly built homes will have the potential to have flaws. All homes require maintenance and suffer the effects of age and settling. The purpose of the home inspection is to provide you with as much information about the condition of the home as possible, so that you can decide whether the home is right for you. Evaluate which repairs or upgrades are most critical. Become familiar with the needs and maintenance requirements of the home. Remember, informed people make good decisions! We can’t make your decisions, but we can provide you with enough information so that you can make the best choices for you, your family and your circumstances. In addition, we offer a follow-up consultation, either over the phone or online, to review our report and answer any questions you may have about the results of my inspection. Our Inspections come with a 90 Day Limited Warranty that covers both the Structural and Mechanical Components of the home. Please see the reference Home Warranty Brochure for more information.
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment a person will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
Maintenance: If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventative measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.
Pre-Listing: If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
Should you be at the inspection?
It is not required that you be present at the inspection, but it is highly recommended. If you are there , it makes it easier for you to observe what the inspector is doing and ask questions as you learn about the condition the home and how to maintain it.
Regardless of the outcome, with a home inspection, you can easily purchase your home with confidence. From the inspectors written report, you will have learned many things about your new home and also have that information for future reference.
When is a home inspector contacted?
A home inspection company is typically contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings (NOT Pass or Fail) of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.