A buyer's Inspection is a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home. It is designed to find items that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe. If a problem or a symptom of a problem is found the home inspector will include a description of the problem in a written report and may recommend further evaluation. Before you close, you need to consider whether or not repairs are needed now and who's going to pay for them.
In today's economy, buyers have more homes to choose from than ever before. Why should they stop and look at yours? What is different about your home? To catch the buyer's attention, you need to offer an eye catcher such as "This home is inspected...no surprises!" Eliminate some natural fears of the buyer right away by letting them know that this home is in good condition or better. When buyers are surfing the web, they can pass right over your listing. Just because you may think your home is in good shape, it does not separate it from the scores of other homes that you may be competing with for the buyer's attention.
Will your builder remind you that your 1 year warranty is about to expire? Not Likely. Your builder would just love for you to have the "I have a new house, I'm not worried" attitude. Unfortunately, when you go to sell that house in a few years, the trained eye of the buyer's inspection will likely find defects that you could have had the builder address while still under the warranty. The single most important thing you can do to protect yourself and the investment in your house is to have an End of Warranty Home Inspection before your 1 year warranty expires.
If you plan on purchasing a home, it is always a great idea to have a termite inspection before you close on the property. If we find any signs of an infestation, you may be able to negotiate the sales price lower. Even if we do not find any signs of a termite infestation, we will provide you with detailed information about conditions in and around the house that are especially conducive to a termite infestation and we will offer recommendations on how to lower your chances of any future termite infestation. Most home inspectors either cannot offer this because they are not licensed to perform termite inspections, or they will recommend an affiliate, that will charge between $50-100 for this inspection. This is included with ANY full home inspection for FREE, or for an additional $10, depending on whether you would like another optional system also inspected.
After the first FREE optional system inspection of your choice, we inspect ANY additional optional system and/or component with your regular home inspection for just an additional fee of $10 each, including a termite inspection, as mentioned above. Most other inspectors charge at least 4X that for just one optional system. With our fair and simple pricing, you pay just $10 more for each system or component that we inspect. This can save you several hundreds of dollars over what other inspectors charge and you still get a thorough and comprehensive home inspection that exceeds the states' minimum standards. Possible optional systems a home might have, include:
...unlike other inspectors, we also don't charge additionally because of the age of the home, either.
Although we prefer to walk on the roof surface when we perform our roof inspections and we usually do, there are limitations of the types of roofs we can safely climb. If the roof is concrete, slate or clay, these materials are very fragile and are easily broken and generally should not be accessed. Roofs that are wet, snow or ice covered or even moss covered are very slippery and can be extremely dangerous to climb. Very steep roofs are dangerous to access because they often are very difficult to stay on once you are on them and they can be very difficult to get off from. That is why we perform aerial roof inspections wth our state-of-the-art cameras, and related equipment so we are able to reach areas that would otherwise be unreachable.
Using our Aerial Roof Inspection technology, we are able to record high resolution images of the hard to see areas of inaccessible roofs, such as chimney caps, flashing, skylights...and much more.
We choose not to use drones because of their major limitations. Some cities and areas near airports prohibit the use of drones; flying in windy and rainy conditions can be risky and requires expert drone piloting skills We use high powered, high definition cameras so if we can not safely climb a roof, we are able to safely evaluate the roof from the ground. And it's included with your home inspection at no additional cost. Of course there are some conditions that even our aerial roof inspections cannot safely or effectively inspect a roof, but that is uncommon. If we ever encounter or foresee a condition that would make your roof inaccessible even with our equipment, we will let you know as soon as possible, and we will try to help come up with an alternative plan of action for inspecting your roof.