When you are involved in the purchase or sale of a home, you have a great deal on your mind. Perhaps you’re thinking about what a monumental chore moving is or how to get the kids settled in at a new school. Maybe you’re preoccupied with thoughts of renovations and anticipating throwing a housewarming party.
All of these things are important, which makes it easy to overlook just how critical the home inspection is.
What does it mean to have a professional inspect your home? What are the steps involved, and why is it important?
At Pro-Spect, we understand how crucial an impartial inspection is during any real estate transaction. That’s why we’re members of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and the American Society of Home Inspectors. We’re serious about performing the best home inspection services in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you.
When you are buying or selling a home, the last thing you want is a nasty surprise like a leak in the roof, faulty wiring or major plumbing issues. Thorough home inspections can uncover these and other problems, which makes it possible for the buyer and seller to advance their negotiations or decide to go their separate ways.
Complete home inspections cover all major components of the residence including:
• The exterior
• The interior, with windows and doors
• The roof
• Chimneys and fireplaces
• Electrical Systems
• Heating Systems
• Plumbing Systems
• Insulation and ventilation
• The attic
• Basements and crawl spaces
• Foundation and structures
• Central cooling systems
Home inspections present an opportunity for an unbiased professional to provide an expert opinion as to the condition of the property. The resulting report can provide both the buyer and the seller with peace of mind.
If problems are identified through the inspection, then the prospective buyer may ask the current homeowner to fix the problem or adjust the home’s price accordingly. Disagreement over what should be fixed and price adjustments may cause the deal to fall through, but it’s essential for both parties to be aware of the actual condition of the home before proceeding.
That is why inspections are so thorough and can take as long as three hours to complete. Larger homes or residences where multiple issues are present may take longer, but smaller homes or houses with few problems may be finished in less time.
With the inspection complete, the inspector will report the findings to the buyer and seller. The report will include any problems that were identified in addition to suggestions for routine maintenance that will keep the home in top condition.
At Pro-Spect, we love it when our customers attend the inspection. That’s because it’s a fantastic opportunity for them to get to know the property from the ground up. Our professional, licensed inspectors can point out any minor issues that easily can be corrected and go over any major concerns that require immediate action.
Plus, when you go to the inspection, you’ll gain peace of mind from seeing just how detailed and thorough our inspections are. We leave no stone unturned so that our clients never get a nasty surprise.
Many new or prospective homeowners further appreciate the opportunity to have a professional show them how to shut off the water and where to locate other controls for the home’s systems. Inspectors may show clients how to turn off electricity and gas and how to change HVAC system filters too.
After attending an inspection, you’ll feel like an expert on your new house.
Are you in the process of buying a home? Perhaps you’re trying to get a break on your insurance, or you just want to learn more about the condition of your current home.
In any of these situations, give Pro-Spect a call. We have experienced inspectors working across Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Each one of them is ready to help you find out everything you need to know about your home.
Trust Pro-Spect to provide you with a competitively priced, thorough home inspection that will put your mind at ease.