Okay Buyers, do not buy a home without the benefits of a Whole House Inspection. Everyone should know what to expect from a Whole House Inspector but in case you don’t we will cover that right now.
All buyers should choose to have a Whole House Inspection at their expense when purchasing their new home. In fact, many offers are contingent to having a home inspection. I say at Buyer’s expense because you want to be able to choose your own trusted Inspector to do the job right. By having a home inspection, the home’s vital systems are checked. A home inspection allows you to buy your home with confidence. As your Agent, I will schedule a Whole House Inspection shortly after the contract is ratified. I will contact you to let you know when the inspection will take place. A thorough inspection will normally take anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours. This is also a good time for the buyer to bring in any family members that would like to see the house. As your Agent I will be present during this inspection. Once the inspection is completed we may deliver a request for repairs addendum that will detail the requested repairs/credits. The Seller will then get quotes from any contractors that we may need. Not all requests are met by the Seller and some negotiating may have to take place.
Some of the items on the Whole House Report will include:
Basements & Structure Foundation
Basement floors & walls, proper drainage & ventilation, evidence of water seepage.
Exterior Siding, Windows, Doors
Exterior walls, windows, and doors; porches, decks & balconies; garage
Roof type & material, condition of gutters & downspouts
Interior Plumbing System
Hot & cold water system; the waste system & sewage disposal; water pressure & flow; and hot water equipment
Type of service, the number of circuits, type of protection, outlet grounding, and load balance
Central Heating & Cooling Systems
Energy source, type of cooling equipment, capacity, and distribution
Interior Walls, Ceilings, Floors, Windows, and Doors
Walls, floors, ceilings, stairways, cabinets, and countertops
Structural, insulation & ventilation information
Fireplace or Wood/pellet stove
Notes about the chimney, damper, and masonry
Doors, walls, floor, opener
Includes a wide range of built-in and other home appliances, smoke detectors & TV/Cable hookups
Lot & Landscaping
Ground slope away from foundation, condition of walks, steps and driveway
If you have any questions regarding this information or would like to schedule a Whole House Inspection, feel free to call John Conca at 530-306-3494.