All homes have problems, even new homes. The only question is how serious are these problems? Good home inspectors understand the difference between major and minor problems and will communicate that difference.
Every problem has a solution. Solutions vary from a simple fix of the component to adjusting the purchase price but having a home inspection allows the problem to be addressed before closing.
A comprehensive home inspection provides the buyer with details of all the deficiencies and issues to be aware of on the selected house before making an offer or completing the purchase.
The comprehensive report will include photos of target areas with explanations.
WDI - Wood Destroying Insect Inspection
If you are financing your new home, most lenders will require this inspection.
A properly-performed WDI inspection is a thorough examination of all accessible areas of a home for visible evidence of termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and a variety of wood-destroying beetles, as well as for conditions conducive to infestation by those insects.
We'll also let you know if there's evidence of a previously-treated termite or WDI problem, and how well that treatment seems to be holding up.
Terry Rucker, Inspector
Hello, my name is Terry Rucker.
I approach every inspection as though I were buying it myself. Thus, I have your best interests at heart.
With 40 plus years of construction experience and personal home ownership, I understand every aspect of how a home should be built and maintained.
I will go over the inspection with you and point out the issues that need to be addressed immediately or in the future.
I can provide you with suggestions on regular and future maintenance. If necessary I will point out when other professionals will need to work on specific issues such as an electrician for electrical compliance etc.
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is the visual examination of the components and structure of a house from the base of the foundation to the roof.
The home inspector is a highly qualified person that is trained in investigating defects in construction as well as in the components of homes and code compliance.
SELLER: If you have a home for sale you may choose to have a thorough inspection before, or when, you first list your home. Pre-inspected homes allow the seller to take control over negotiations. You and your realtor will be effectively armed with the right information to negotiate a fair value for your home. You will save money and hassle by knowing now what your defects are, not after you have already negotiated and are faced with costly repairs discovered on the buyers inspection.
BUYER: Defects found before the buyer comes along allow you to shop around for a contractor and not deal with inflated estimates that a buyer will present. Most buyers will want the seller to fix defects found on the home inspection or try to drop the price of the home. Buyers generally try to negotiate two times the actual cost of repairs needed. With a professional home inspection, the condition of the home is taken into consideration during the original offer, eliminating re-negotiations.
Why do I Need a Home Inspection?
An increasingly competitive housing market and a slower economy are driving an increased focus on home and property value.
Hiring qualified real estate professionals is the first step toward gaining the advantage.
As a Seller becoming more involved in the process yourself, learning as much as you can, and providing your own extra effort may be the difference that puts your home in the "must have" category.
As a Buyer, the process of buying a home can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. Emotions often affect the buyer and make it hard to imagine any problems with their new home. A buyer needs a home inspection to find out all the problems that may exist with the home before moving in.
A professional inspection can give a very detailed, close look at the house you are about to purchase. Many aspects of the house, including the positive ones, are shown in the report.
The home inspection report also demonstrates what is needed to maintain the house.
The home inspector has your best interest in mind to help you learn as much as possible about the house before you move in. The inspection can point out potential costly repairs or can inform you of items that will need replacing or maintenance in the future.
Remember the seller is not always aware of all of the issues the home may have, nor are they responsible for advising you of future maintenance that will need to be done to your new house.