Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Home Inspections - A brief question and answer

A home inspection is an evaluation of the visible and accessible systems and components of a home (plumbing, heating and cooling, electrical, structural, roof, etc.) and is intended to better reflect the customer (buyer, seller or lessor) understanding of the overall condition of the house. Usually it is a buyer who request an inspection of the property he or she is serious about the purchase. A home inspection provides data so that purchasing decisions can be confirmed orinterrogated, and discover a serious and / or expensive to defects that the seller / owner may not be aware of the repair. It is an assessment of property value or the cost of repairs. It is no guarantee that the house meets local building codes or protection of a client if the object is not inspected in the future. [Note: Warranties can be purchased to cover many items.] A home inspection should not be considered an evaluation "technically exhaustive", but aproperty valuation in the day that is inspected, taking into account normal wear and age and location of the crack house. A home inspection can, including extra expenses, Radon gas testing, testing of water, energy audits, pest inspections, pool inspections and some other specific issues that may be indigenous to the region of the country in which the inspection . Home visits are also used (less often) from a seller for listing the property to see if therehidden problems that are not aware, and also by home owners who are very easy to care for their homes, prevent surprises, and the value of your home as high as possible.

The main focus is reflected in a home inspection are:

1. serious defects, such as large cracks in the foundation of the gap, the level or structure of a plumb line, do not cover installed or supported, etc. These are items that are expensive to repair, which we classify as more entries2% of the purchase price for the repair.

2. Things that can lead to serious defects - a loss of roof flashing that would be more damaged drains can back up and water intrusion, or a support beam that is not really related to the structure may cause.

3. safety hazards such as exposed electrical wiring, lack of life-saving (Ground Fault Interrupter) in kitchens and bathrooms, lack of guard rails on the upper deck at 30 inches from the ground, etc.

Your Inspectorwill advise you what to do about these problems. He / she may recommend evaluation - issues very seriously and certainly - from licensed or certified professionals who specialize in bad sectors. For example, the inspector will recommend to a professional license as part of the house on one line, because this would indicate a serious structural deficit.

Home inspections are done only by a buyer after they sign a contract,right?

This is not true! As you'll see when you read about, a home inspection can be used for intermediate checks of new construction, as a maintenance tool by an existing house, a pro-active sales techniques to their house more marketable, and buyers want to define status of potential homebuyers.

Salespeople, in particular, can benefit from getting a check at home before listing the house. Here are some of the advantages for the seller:

• L 'seller knows the house! The home inspector will be able to answer their questions about the history of all the problems they find.

• A home inspection will help the seller more objective when it comes to determining a fair price for the house.

• The seller may require you to report and make it a bit 'of marketing for the home.

• The supplier will be notified for possible security problems found in the house before the open house open for tours.

• L 'seller can make repairs Instead you can relax in a hurry after the contract is signed.

Why a home inspection?

Your new home has dozens of systems and over 10,000 items - from heating and cooling and ventilation. When these systems and devices to work together, you experience the comfort, energy savings and durability. weak links in the system, but can produce a range of problems that lead to a loss of value and reducedcomponent life. Want to buy a used car without a technician to look at? Your home is more complicated, and have a thorough check, a poor report documented a wealth of information for decision making.

Why I can not control themselves?

Most homebuyers lack the knowledge and the objectivity necessary to control a home for himself. Using the services of a professional home inspector, get a better understanding ofcondition of the property, especially if all the elements do not work as expected "or" affect the habitability of the dwelling "or" warrant further investigation "by a specialist. Remember that the home inspector is a generalist, and is cross-trained in each home system.

Why can not I ask a family member, or an entrepreneur who is on hand to check my new home?

While your cousin or aunt is very competent, he or she is not trained or experienced inprofessional home visits and usually do not have the specialized test equipment and knowledge necessary for control. Home inspection training and skill are a private, professional license that the high standards of practice. Most of the contractors and other professionals take a professional home inspector from their homes when they own a home purchase inspection!

How much does a home inspection?

This is often the first question, butanswer, says less about the quality of supervision. Rates are based on the basis of size, age and various other aspects of the house. inspection costs of a professional home inspector certification usually start under $ 300. An average price for a property of 2,000 square meter is rural about $ 350 - $ 375. What you should pay attention to is not the tax, but the qualifications of your inspector. They are nationally certified (passed the examination NHIE)? They are certified in the state, if necessary?

Aslong will the inspection take?

This depends on the size and condition of the house. You can usually figure 1.2 hours per 1,000 square feet. For example, a house of 2,500 square meters, about 3 hours. If the company also produces the report in your home, it will take an extra 30-50 minutes.

All homes need a home inspection?

Yes and No. Although not required by law in many states, we believe that a purchaser does not receive a home inspection does notthemselves a great disservice. They can be unpleasant and costly surprises after moving into the house, suffering financial headaches that are easily preventable.

I need to test?

It 's a great idea for you to be present during the inspection - whether you are a buyer, seller or owner. I agree with you, the inspector may show defects and explain their importance with regard to the maintenance functions that are useful infuture. If you can not be there, is not an issue as the report you will receive is very detailed. If there are, then you have your own inspector to ask for something that is not clear in the report said. Also read the contract carefully inspection in order to understand what is covered and what is not under such control. If there is a problem with the inspection or the report, it is necessary to rapidly increase the problem by calling the inspector, usually within 24 hours. If youwant the inspector to return after the inspection to show things, this can be arranged and is a good idea, but you pay for the time of the inspector for a walkthrough, because it was not included in the original report.

Should the seller attend the home inspection that was ordered by the buyer?

The seller will be welcome for approval (it is still their home), although they should understand that the inspector works for the buyer. The conversationinspector with the buyer to be upset the seller and the buyer was aware of the elements to detect whether the seller may be too emotional defects. This is one reason why the seller might consider for their inspection before listing the house.

Can not a house a home inspection?

No. A home inspection is an examination of the current state of your future home. It is not an assessment, which determines market value, or a municipalcontrol, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, can not pass a house or not. The inspector objectively describe the condition at home, and indicate the items that need repair or replacement.

What is included in the review?

The following list is not exhaustive. Not all of these can be in control is obtained, but the inspector, according to a standardized checklist for the home:
· Site drainage andClassification
· Driveway
· Entry Stairs, railings
· Decks
· Masonry
· Landscapes (when it comes to home)
· Turn Walls
° Coverage, flashings, chimneys, and attic
Eaves ·, soffits, and bands
· Walls, doors, windows, patios, walkways
· Foundation, basement, crawl spaces and
· Garage, garage walls, floor and door operation
· Kitchen(dishwasher, range / oven / hob / hood, microwave, disposal, trash compactor)
· Laundry equipment (washer and dryer)
˘ ceiling, walls, floors
° plain kitchen, flooring and furniture
• Windows and window seals
O Ports and Interior hardware
· Systems Plumbing and work programs
· System electrical panels, wire input
• check the electrical grounding, RCD, took
·Smoke (fire) detectors
° System of ventilation and insulation
Fight larger heating and controls
· Cables and distribution systems
• Open fires
• A / C controls
Sources of pumps and heat controls
• security features such means of exit valves TPRV, railings, etc.

Other items that are not part of the standard can be added at extra charge:
· Proof of radon
·Test Water Quality
· Thermal baths of control (usually performed by a separate company)
· Gas Line loss (usually performed by the gas company)
· Sprinkler system test
· Swimming Pool and Spa Inspection
Screening mold ° (sometimes performed by a separate company)
· Septic system inspection (usually performed by a separate company)
• Alarm system (usually performed by a separate company)

Werecommending a radon test if your future home is in an area of land known as infiltration Radon gas radon produces cancer is second only to cigarette smoke and can be easily solved by installing a ventilation system. We also recommend a test to make sure water not have the bacteria in the water. Water can also be tested for Radon.

What is not included in the control?

Most people assume that everything has been examined in depth onShow day. This misunderstanding has led to many bought a home inspector to be angry with them. The checks are not exhaustive and there is good reason. If you have hired someone with licenses for heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing, engineering, etc. to your house to inspect, it would cost you about 14 hours and about $ 2000! These systems are more convenient to hire a professional inspector who has general knowledge of the house, know what to look for, andmay recommend further inspection by a specialist if necessary. Your inspector after very specific guidelines as he / she inspects the house. These are either national guidelines (ASHI - American Society of Home Inspectors, internacia - International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) or guidelines of the State. These guidelines are written with care for both your home and protect the inspector. Here are some examples: Our goal is not to turn off the system whentime of inspection (safety reasons), we are not allowed to move furniture (some may be harmful), not allowed to turn on the water when disabled (flooding possible) and not allowed to break through a sealed attic hatch (any damage). The disadvantage of this practice is that, by using the control, failing to see and not get under furniture in the attic or crawl, you may overlook a problem to identify. However, ultimately, the possibility of something serious is missingthis is pretty low, and the directive when it comes to safety and give nothing in the house is good. There are other elements that 95% of the inspectors considered outside the routine check, and these include the control of most of the things that are not bolted (installed at home), such as electronics, low voltage lighting, stoves , portable air conditioners or specialized systems such as water purifiers, alarm systems, etc.

What if thingsYou can not control (like snow on the roof)?

It so happens that a couple of days the elements of time interfering with a full home inspection! There is much we can help. If there is snow on the roof, I tell you that we were not able to control it. Of course we will consider the Eve and the attic, and all other areas where we have an idea of the condition to obtain, but we will write the report that we could not inspect the roof. It 's impossible for us to come back another dayOnce the snow melts, because we have full schedules. However, you can usually pay a small fee for an inspector to return and one or two elements were not able to control when they were the first to check. This is only the state of things. If you ask for a re-inspection, inspectors then inspect the parts that usually no additional cost (beyond the re-inspection fee).

The inspector walk on the roof?

The inspector walk on the roof if it is safe,accessible, and strong enough so that no damage is done to it to walk on. Some roofs - such as slate and tile, can not be executed. Sometimes due to bad weather conditions, steep roofs, or very high ceilings, the inspector will not be able to walk on the roof. The inspector will try to get everyone on board, and you can also use a telescope where accessibility is a problem. It will also examine the roof of the upper windows as possible. Much of theinspector can determine from a visual inspection of a scale and the earth, and they will be able to much more from the attic on the state of the roof and tell.

I owe my safe home for Radon? What exactly is radon?

In many parts of the country, the answer is a resounding yes. You can ask your broker about it or go on the Internet for a map of radon in the country. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that isformed during the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Release of radon in soil and can seep into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation. Can contaminate water and radon gas.

Health authorities have determined that radon gas is a carcinogen that severe lung cancer, second only to cigarette smoking can cause. The only way to find out if your home has radon is to perform a test measurement of radon that your home inspector can do. Make sure theperson conducting the test is made for the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) or the National Radon Safety Board (NRSB) standard.

How about a house built recently? I need a home inspection?

Yes! In fact, there are more problems, some seriously, in newly constructed homes and at home, in the years lived. This is not due to negligence on your part builder - he / she is the best job they could with subcontractors and scheduling done- It 's just that so many systems in a house that is almost impossible to control everything and corrected before the certificate of occupancy is issued. Then, for any reason, the subcontractors do not want to work on the house, and jobs, and final details will be missed. We invite you to several visits to his place of business the next stages of completion of the house at all that must be corrected discovered. If the house is new, but for a while 'beforesales is more important than a home inspection. We have not seen water pipes connected, not connected to the pipes, sewer lines not connected, not connected openings, and a variety of serious, but easy to fix problems!

I built a house. The manufacturer assures me that everything will be evaluated. I need an independent inspector to make periodic checks?

Absolutely! No matter how good your builder, he / she misses things. I am so worriedwith the house, they get so close to their work to subcontractors, the important elements that can and will be neglected. Having a professional inspector to carry out urgent inspections at least 4-6. Will be worth their weight in gold.

What is the pre-inspection agreement?

Most service professionals have a service contract and home inspection is no different. In fact there is enough confusion about what a home inspection must provide that the agreement is moreimportant. Some homeowners who obtained a home inspection to expect everything to perfect after repairs. This is not the case! Imagine a call from a home that says that a year later, the flush toilet - do not forget that the inspection is a snapshot of a moment in time. In monitoring the consent of the Commissioner is clear on what the control and provides the things that are not covered as well as what to do if you are not satisfied with the services. Do we really believe thatthat the review of this hand you will understand much more about the inspection and be happier with the results. A home inspection does not guard against future problems, does not guarantee that all problems will be found.

What kind of report will I receive after the inspection?

There are so many different versions of a "report" if the inspection companies. Guidelines provide the inspector a written report to the customer. This can range from a manuscriptmore checklist items without photos and 4 pages in a professionally produced computer generated report with digital photos that is 35 pages long and can be converted into Adobe PDF format for the storage and e-mail. Make sure your inspector's report that he or she uses. It is recommended that the report generated by the computer, because the checklist is more detailed and easier for the home owner / buyer / retailer issues with images. In these modern times, we feelThe documentation must be accessible via web and e-technologies can be installed most of us use the competition.

There are some great things that you can use the report in addition to the wealth of information that simply giving up your new home:

• Use the report as a checklist and guide to the contractor for repairs and improvements or for estimates and quotes from more than one contractor.

• Use the report as a tool by means of the budget and the recommendations of the Commissionerthe expected life of components for the house in good condition.

• If you are a seller, you can report repairs and improvements, increasing the value of the home buyers and impressive. A second re-inspection report and use this as a marketing tool for potential buyers.

• Use the report as a "punch list" to a starting point for the new inspection and maintenance.

Mail version of the report available as Adobe PDFfile?

Yes How do you explain the last question, you probably want your inspector to use the latest technology reporting period.

I think that if the inspector missed something?

Inspectors are human, and yes, they are missing. However, they routinely use advanced tools and techniques to reduce the chance that something is missing. This includes very detailed checklists, manuals, directories and a computer-based method always did-the-wayphysically move around your home. This is one reason that the inspector may miss an element when they are interrupted. The inspector of a way for the resumption of inspections if that happens. If at the end, missed something, call the inspector and discuss it. May cause an inspector to return to find something that you see. Remembering, the inspector is doing the best job they know how to do, and probably not lose his voice because they are negligent in their technical ordo not care.

What happens if the controller tells me I should have a professional engineer, contractor or a plumber or other professional to look at something they find? It is not "abdicate"?

You may be disappointed that more research is needed, but believe us, your unit does exactly what it should do. The audit is to uncover the flaws that your safety or affect the operation of the home inspector is angeneralist, not a specialist. Our code of ethics and national and state guidelines require that contractors are only allowed in their area of specialty should work on these systems and areas. If you say that a specialist is necessary, a larger, more critical problem is to know. If you move home without all of these areas checked by a professional, you could be in for some unpleasant surprises and costly. The inspector is notwould make one or more expensive, so it is recommended that further evaluation, are serious about protecting you and your investment.

The inspector will be a guarantee on items inspected?

Most inspectors do not give the homeowner a guarantee on items inspected. Remember, a home inspection is a visual inspection on a given day, and the inspector can not predict what problems may arise after the inspection. However, inspectorshours are also a guarantee of the largest home warranty company in America - American Home Guarantee Corporation, and others, inspected the items for 60 or 90 days. This is a very good deal, and the agreement may be extended after the first period for a relatively small amount.

Making the Most companies offer money back guarantee inspection?

Most inspection companies do not offer a satisfaction guarantee not to disclose in their advertising. It isAlways a good thing if you get extra services at no additional cost to your company's control, and, of course, a guarantee of satisfaction is an indication of superior customer service. They usually have control of your business immediately after the inspection and review of the report to tell them they are not satisfied with the call. If you are not satisfied with the services, you must talk to your supervisor and let them correct the problem (s) you are not satisfied with the first, as the inspector look forto make an honest living like the rest of us, and not a lack of respect.

What if my report comes back with nothing really broken into the house? Should I ask my money back?

No, not again ask for money - you've just received wonderful news! Now you can complete your purchase home with confidence about the condition of the building and all equipment and systems. You will have valuable information about your new home from the inspector's report,and want the information for future use. Above all, you can be sure to take a conscious decision to purchase.

What happens if the inspection reveals serious shortcomings?

If the inspection reveals serious shortcomings in the house (a serious deficiency is defined as more than 2% of the purchase price to fix), then pat yourself on the back for getting a check. You just have saved yourself a lot of money. Of course it isdisappointing, even heartbreaking, it turns out that house is now a house well-studied problem, but know the facts and can negotiate with the seller, or to continue. You can use the house, so it's worth the price to negotiate and carry out the repairs. Imagine, though, if he had not obtained an inspection - you would have had some very unpleasant surprises.

Can I use my home inspector for repairs?

It is possible, but ifinspector is unethical, he / she refuses, and only thus, is a conflict of interest for the person who inspected the house fix! The inspectors are specifically excluded from this practice by the licensing authority, and is a good habit - a unit must remain impartial when he or she inspects your home. This is one reason why you need a professional home inspector inspect your home and not a contractor - the contractor will repair and you wantprobably is not an objective review of this person, even if well-intentioned and technically competent.

The seller to make repairs?

The inspection results have an obligation to the seller to repair everything mentioned in the report. Once the condition of the house is known, the buyer and seller sit down and discuss what is in the report. The report will be clear what is a repair and what is an improvement of discretion. Thisarea should be clearly negotiated between the parties. It 'important to note that the inspector should be absent from this discussion is beyond the scope of their work.

After the home inspection and consultation with the seller for repairs, can I still use the inspector to return home checked to ensure that all solved?

It is certainly possible, it really is a good idea. For a small fee, return the unit to determine if the repairs were completed, andif it is correct.

What happens if I have problems after moving into my new house?

A home inspection is no guarantee that problems will not develop after a. However, if you feel that the problem was visible during the inspection and should have been included in the report, the first step to call the commissioner. He or she will be fine with that, and I want you to call if you think there is a problem. If the problem is not solved by aphone, which will be home to watch. They want you to be happy and will try to do it. One way to protect yourself from check-in and move in order to conduct the closing day of the final progression and control of both the checklist and a detailed procedure manual to make sure everything is as it should be.

Copyright 2010 by Lisa P. Turner

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