What is a home inspection?
Why do I need a home inspection?
What does a home inspection include?
Do I need to be there during the inspection?
How long will the inspection take?
Does a newly constructed home need an inspection?
Why can’t I do the inspection myself?
What if the inspection uncovers problems?
Will you fix the problems you find during the inspection?

What is a home inspection? Back to top

A home inspection is a professional, limited visual examination of the major systems and components of the home to identify, and to report on, any system or component which may be in need of immediate major repair. It also identifies and reports on more minor problems and repair needs.

Why do I need a home inspection? Back to top

A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you finalize the purchase. That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. Our report will also include general home maintenance tips to help you keep your home in top condition. A professional inspection will give you a clear picture of the many systems and components that make up the house. If you are selling your home, a pre-listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyer's inspector. Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.

What does a home inspection include? Back to top

Our comprehensive inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the home's heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation and structure, attic and visible insulation, exterior features and grounds, kitchen and bathrooms, interior features, etc. Your inspector is also a Washington State licensed Structural Pest Inspector, and will inspect for Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) problems during your inspection.

Do I need to be there during the inspection? Back to top

No, you aren’t required to be there for the inspection, but we highly recommend that you be present. After the inspection, your home inspector will review the completed report with you at the house and answer any questions that you might have. You'll also receive valuable maintenance tips for your home. Whether you are buying your first home or your tenth, we feel you’ll better understand the inspection and finished report - and the condition of your home - by having attended the inspection.

How long will the inspection take? Back to top

The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 3 to 3½ hours is pretty typical. But for larger homes, homes in poor condition, or homes with components that are difficult to access, the inspection may take longer.

Does a newly constructed home need an inspection? Back to top

Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is important. We can spot potential problems early while they are still easy to correct. As home inspection professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or not done good work. It is ideal to schedule your home inspection just prior to your walk-through with the builder.

Why can’t I do the inspection myself? Back to top

Chances are that, even if you are familiar with home construction, you don’t have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional home inspector. We have inspected thousands of homes in the Puget Sound area. We are not only familiar with all the systems of a home - and how they work and need to be maintained - but we also know how to identify components that are getting ready to fail. But beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party. If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it’s impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may cloud your judgment. The professional inspector will provide an objective, third-party reporting of the facts.

What if the inspection uncovers problems? Back to top

Our report will tell you the condition of the house and recommend corrections to be made. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the buying decision rests with you, but knowing about the current condition of the house, as well as potential problems and future needs, gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.

Will you fix the problems you find during the inspection? Back to top

No. The Code of Ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our goal and purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third-party report on the condition of the home.

 
     
   
 

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