As a professional Certified Home Inspector, it's my job to look for any hidden problems for you. The home inspection is an unbiased, professional assessment of the condition of the house. It provides you an expert opinion and professional report on the condition of the physical structure and various mechanical systems within the house giving you peace of mind on what may be the largest purchase you'll ever make.
When the inspection is complete, I will discuss with you any problems that were discovered. I will also inform you about any routine maintenance that should be performed, as well as answer any questions you may have. You'll also receive a full written report of the inspection within 24 hours.
My goal is to discover and inform you of anything I find that might affect your purchase decision. I will make repair recommendations and inform you of what maintenance tasks are required to keep the home and its systems in top condition.
The visual inspection process typically takes about 3 hours to complete. This of course may vary, according to the size and condition of the home. I strongly encourage you to meet with me during the inspection. This will give you a chance to ask questions and become familiar with the systems of the home. I will inspect all the structural elements and mechanical systems of the home. Items that will typically be included in an inspection are:
- Foundation and support structure
- Roof systems
- Basement seepage
- Safety controls
- Water heater
- Electrical capacity & components
- Structural integrity
- Steps and stairs
- Heating system
- Central Air Conditioning system
- Walks and driveways
- Built-in appliances
- Plumbing system & fixtures
- Garages, Carports, Workshops or other external buildings
- Surface drainage
- Windows & doors
- Gutters & downspouts
- Crawl Spaces
- Sump pumps
- Termite and Mold assessment
- Cosmetic condition, paint, siding etc...
Because of the knowledge he showed while doing the inspection and after going online to see examples of his work, we knew the report would be well put together, but it was beyond that, this report contained hundreds of colored photographs, explanations and most importantly a referral tool for the future of the home. It could not have been any better than finding Marc Ekhause for this home inspection.
What to Expect
You are Invited to the Home Inspection
I believe it is important for you to be present for the final half hour of the inspection. As the potential home buyer, being on site during the inspection will give you additional insights to the home and property.
Before the Inspection: Prepare a list of questions about the home and property, and give this list to me. This will ensure greater detailed reporting on areas of your concern. If any special research or equipment is needed - arrangements can be made in advance.
After the Inspection: Please ask any additional questions.
Learn about the general operation and maintenance of the home. I will point out the maintenance areas and inform you about the items which need monitoring.
Preparing for a Home Inspection
For homeowners, it's important to be aware of any issues your home may have prior to putting it on the Market. Getting a pre-listing home inspection will ensure that you're aware of any problems and can take care of them on your terms – or present them as-is and adjust your selling price proportionally. The alternative leaves you open to costly surprises and delays, and even potential deal-breakers once you've entered negotiations with the buyer.
Before the inspector arrives, there are a few things you should know. There are no federal regulations governing inspectors. The laws are going to differ state by state. Therefore it's important to interview your inspector or inspection company prior to hiring them. Since each state is going to have their own standards of certification for inspectors – and some don't even have any – credibility is a big issue in choosing the right inspector. Ask what certifications your inspector holds and what associations he or she belongs to. Most associations such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), and National Association of Home Inspectors, Inc. (NAHI) have membership requirements that include minimum levels of experience and training as well as codes of ethics. There are also several state-level associations that your inspector may be a member of. Ask your inspector and then visit the association's website.