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Home Inspection

Date: April19, 2016               Author: Tarah Harris

We know the word inspection alarms anyone. But when we are talking home inspection, it is an important step to know more about the home you are looking to purchase. So here are some answers to questions you may have. If not give Tarah or Damon a call!

 

What is a home inspection? 

A home inspection is a professional consulting service that determines the present condition of the home’s major systems, based on a visual inspection of accessible features. It focuses on the performance of the home, rather than cosmetic, code or design issues. Inspections are often performed during a real estate transaction, but may be done anytime.

 

Basically it is a professional coming in and taking a look  things regular people like us will miss

 

Why get an inspection?

Virginia is a buyer beware state. More or less that means that you don't need to get an inspection to buy the home.So if you don't want an it is your choice. However inspections give you key information you can use to not only be sure this home is for you but leverage the seller to actually fix anything you like. 

 

Why did I have to pay for a radon test? 

In short radon is dangerous. 

 

What is radon? 

Radon is a radioactive gas. It is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and chemically inert. Unless you test for it, there is no way of telling how much is present.

 

What does the home inspector review?

  • Roof

  • Structure

  • Exterior

  • Electrical system

  • Heating and Air Conditioning system

  • Plumbing system

  • Insulation 

  • Interior

  • Mechanical and Natural Ventilation systems

  • Cosmetics

  • Swimming pools

  • Alarm systems and any specialty components attached to home

 

How long does the inspection take?

Inspection times vary and the size of the home contribute to the length also. You should expect for the inspection to last 3-4 hours

 

Do I have to be there?

No, we will have someone there on site. If you think you need to be there to ask questions, than off course you should come. 

 

Can I ask questions?

Yes you can ask questions. Keep in mind the inspector will submit a full report in 3-4 days. (Sometimes sooner)

 

How will I know the results?

The home inspector will submit a full report within 4 days of completing the inspection.

 

What if they find items that need fixing?

The inspector will submit a full report on their findings. In that report they will most likely mention the condition of equipment that may need replacing, things that may need to be cleaned and issues that you may find with the home. The inspector is not a contractor and will not provide you with clear cost on the things that need to be fixed. 

 

How will those items get fixed?

We will contact the sellers agent and ask for the repairs you need. You must keep in mind that the seller isn't obligated to fix anything. We will work to have the seller understand it is in their best interest to make the necessary repairs.

6806 Paragon Place #300, Richmond, VA 23230, Phone: 804-282-5901