Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions that one will make. The pressures of finding the right house, dealing with agents and brokers, and getting the home under contract can be quite stressful. Scheduling a home inspection can help alleviate some of the stress associated with this process. A general home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the property from roof to foundation, designed to identify any defects in the property that have the potential to affect the sale.
The primary goal of the home inspector is to educate the buyer about the overall condition of the property at the time of the inspection, enabling them to make a well-informed decision about the condition of the home. All houses are essentially used, and as such will have pre-existing issues, normal wear and tear, as well as potentially significant material defects. The inspector is looking for these significant defects that are likely to have a major repair or replacement cost or pose a health and safety risk. The goal is to focus on major material defects not superficial scratches and dings, although the inspector will do his best to note the minor issues. Not only will these significant defects be reported, but the positive aspects about the house will be highlighted when observed. The client is always encouraged to attend the inspection, and ask any questions.
Craft Inspections will help guide you through this process and provide you with an on-site verbal review and written record of the inspection within 24 hours, providing you with the peace of mind to make the right decision in making a house your home.
A home inspection is also a service used by home owners. It is a good practice for home sellers to have their home inspected so that they are aware of the condition of their home through the eyes of a prospective buyer. This allows sellers to be proactive in repairing issues that are identified prior to the home going on the market. Regardless of whether or not you are selling your home, a home inspection should be performed ideally every 5 years. Because you are so familiar with your home, you may not be aware of any material defects that have happened over the years. You have gotten used to the damp smell, or just don't use the outlet that doesn't work right, and many times you tell yourself that ignorance is bliss. But these "little inconveniences" can be indications of potentially much more serious conditions, that if addressed in a timely fashion, can save time and money down the road. Most people do not hesitate to take their car in for a scheduled 100,000 mile tune up, and cars typically cost a fraction of their homes. Let Craft Inspections give your house the "tune up inspection" it deserves.
The home inspector is not a specialist, but a generalist who is extensively trained to provide a non-invasive inspection of the home, from roof to foundation. And as such, the inspector will not always be able to determine the condition inside the walls or under the carpet, unless there are outward/visible signs. The home inspection report lists the condition of the house and its features at the time of the inspection. There are some issues that may occur only under certain conditions, that may not have been met under normal inspection operations, or are seasonal in nature, and not detected by the inspector. The inspector is not a code enforcer, or an appraiser, and will not determine the market value of the property, or if it's a "good deal". The inspector will not be able to determine the life expectancy of any component on the property, nor certify any component. What Craft Inspections will do is give you a thorough and honest evaluation of the property at the time of inspection.