• Roof, vents, flashings, and trim,
• Gutters and downspouts,
• Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations,
• Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings,
• Eaves, soffit and fascia,
• Grading and drainage,
• Basement, foundation and crawlspace,
• Water penetration and foundation movement,
• Heating systems,
• Cooling systems,
• Main water shut off valves,
• Water heating system,
• Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets,
• Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats,
• Electrical service line and meter box,
• Main disconnect and service amperage,
• Electrical panels, breakers and fuses,
• Grounding and bonding,
• GFCIs and AFCIs,
• Fireplace damper door and hearth,
• Insulation and ventilation,
• Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers,
• And more…
Buying a home or property? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming. What to do?
Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller’s disclosure or nit-picky items.
Eventually your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways:
Copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyers
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Choosing the right home and property inspector can be difficult. We are a certified NACHI HOME INSPECTION COMPANY. Different inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods and pricing. One thing for sure is that a home and building inspection requires work. Ultimately a thorough inspection depends heavily on the individual inspector’s own effort. At Sunset Exteriors Inc. we guarantee that we will give you the very best effort.
This we promise you. We provide photos and a written report with all inspections.