Southtowns Home Inspection

HOME INSPECTION INFO

What does a Home Inspection include:

  • Roof, Exterior

  • Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure

  • Heating, Cooling

  • Electrical, Plumbing

  • Attic, Insulation & Ventilation, Fireplace

  • Doors, Windows & Interior

What should I expect at my Home Inspection:

  • A good through home inspection takes about 2-4 hours, depending on the size and configuration of the home.

  • You should be present at your inspection, a lot of things inspectors point out are preventative and may be items that aren’t significant enough to make the report, but knowing about them may be useful to you in the future.

  • A good Inspector will not only provide detailed information about the home, but should include an educational experience that will allow you to make future confident informed decisions on your home.

Common Confused items included in a Standard Home Inspection:

  • A Pass/Fail Grade: Many buyers are under the assumption that their inspector will give them a thumbs up or thumbs down, but in fact, it is a violation for a Home Inspector to give any such real estate advice. A good inspector will provide you with the knowledge to make a confident informed decision.

  • Warranty or Guarantee: A Home Inspection is a non-intrusive visual inspection (items that are readily accessible), this does not involve any disassembly of systems or operation by means other than operator controls or access panels, thus it may be impossible to predict when a component or system may fail.

  • Code Compliance: Licensed Home Inspectors are not code enforcement officers. Depending on the year the home was built and dates of any refurbishments, newer codes may not even be in effect. But rest assured, a good inspector will note any issues or concerns of safety involving newer codes (i.e. AFCI, GFCI, Smoke/CO Detectors).

  • Energy Efficiency, Infrared Imaging, Mold or Radon Testing are typically ancillary inspections and not included in the inspection cost.

  • If anything, at the time of the inspection, that an inspector may deem as unsafe to inspect/operate due to limited access or operation that may cause possible harm or future harm to an individual or damage to a component or system, may not be inspected.

  • Clients should fully read and understand all written contracts, state and local laws that govern home inspections; if not sure, always ask your inspector or lawyer prior to the inspection or signing any contracts.

Who should I Hire for My Home Inspector:

  • Better question, who should you probably not take a recommendation from? (See video to the right)

  • Who might have your best interest, someone wanting you to buy the home or someone not biased toward the house at all?

  • Consider an honest, independent, state licensed and nationally trained and certified home inspector outside the normal real estate chain.

New York State Home Inspectors:

InterNACHI® Certified Home Inspectors: