Types of Inspections
Commonly referred to as a Buyer’s Home Inspection, this inspection is performed after making an offer on a home. I follow the Standards of Practice set out by the North Carolina Home Inspectors Licensure Board, and will provide a copy of these standards upon request.
Often referred to as a Seller’s Inspection, this inspection is performed prior to listing the home. Pre-Listing Inspections are best for providing a full disclosure of information on the property in advance of the listing process. This is the best way to avoid surprises and unexpected costly repairs which could affect the selling price or aesthetic appeal of the home. Pre-Listing Inspections are performed with the same thoroughness and attentiveness as a Pre-Purchase Inspection.
New Construction and 11 Month Warranty Inspections
New construction inspections are performed at the completion of construction, but prior to your final walk through with the builder’s customer service representative or superintendent. It is always a good idea to verify that utilities (gas, water, and electric) have been turned on, either by you or the builder depending on the builder’s policy. The inspection should be scheduled just a day or two before your final walk through with the builder. This will ensure that most, if not all, last minute items have been completed prior to your inspection.
An 11 Month Warranty Inspection is performed 11 months after moving into a new home, and will provide you with a complete list of all the repairs which should be done by your builder as a part of their 1 year warranty program. Scheduling your inspection early in your 11th month will give ample time for you to pass your repair requests on to your contractor and have them repaired.
A Home Maintenance Inspection is intended to help the home owner prioritize a home improvement list and identify areas where maintenance may have been accidentally neglected. It will also provide you an opportunity to have a professional home inspector answer questions about your home with a completely unbiased viewpoint. A contractor may try and persuade you to make changes or repairs the could be unnecessary, whereas a home inspector has no ulterior motive to give bias to his comments. Included in every inspection is a home maintenance book titled, “Now That You’ve Had a Home Inspection”. This guide will help goes hand in hand with your maintenance efforts by explaining how some of the systems in your home function, and how to take care of them.
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