What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. The standard home inspection report will include a detailed evaluation of the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system, plumbing, electrical system, the roof, attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, the foundation, and visible structure. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector will refer you to the appropriate specialist for further evaluation.
Why do I need a Home Inspection?
The purchase of a home is one of the largest investments you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs prior to purchase, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property and can buy with confidence.
What will the inspection cost?
The inspection fee will depend upon the square footage for the house, particular features of the house, its age, and possible additional services; such as swimming pools, hot tubs, sprinkler systems, well water testing, or septic systems.
Can I do the inspection myself?
No. A Professional Home Inspector has been licensed by the TREC and has inspected hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of homes in his or her career. An Inspector is familiar with the all the elements of home construction, their proper installation, maintenance, as well as, city code and regulations. The Inspector understands how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as, how and why they fail. A SiteGuard Inspection Services Professional Home Inspector remains objectively impartial. For the most accurate representation of the property's current condition it is important to have an impartial third-party Inspector, preform an inspection and present findings.
Can a house fail inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your future home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A Home Inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical and mechanical condition to indicate what may need repair or replacement.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the Inspector identifies problems, it does not necessarily mean you shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A Seller maybe flexible with the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are found. If your budget is tight, or if you don't wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely important to you.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Absolutely! Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence and peace of mind about the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. You will also have learned about your new home from the inspector's report, and will want to keep that information for future reference. Above all, you can rest assured that you are making an educated and informed decision and enjoy your new home.
Do I need to be present for the inspection?
It's not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is recommended. Being present during the inspection allows you to address your questions and concerns with you inspector. It will also provide you and the inspector the opportunity to walk around the house with during the presentation of findings to ensure a thorough understanding of the report.
What forms of payment are accepted for my inspection?
SiteGuard Inspection Services accepts most major credit cards, checks, money orders, and cash.
What if I find problems after I move into my new home?
A home inspection is not a guarantee that problems will not develop after you move in, it is a representation of the home's current condition on the day of the inspection. However, if you believe that a problem was already present at the time of the inspection and should have been mentioned in the inspection report; you should first contact your inspector to gain clarity of the situation. Misunderstandings are often resolved in this manner.
Why is a home inspection a good idea on new construction?
A lot of people believe that a new home does not need an inspection.
Their thoughts are if the municipality inspected it, it must be okay. Some people even think that the builder may advertise the use a third-party inspector, so if the builder inspected it too, then it must be okay.
The truth of the matter is that the builder is only as good as the contractors or tradespeople they hire.
The job of the builder is to facilitate the process of the build and to schedule contractors in a timely manner; for your house to be built in a reasonable time frame. Some builders are better at this than others.
Most of the builders or site foremen have no idea what the codes are and do a poor job on contractor oversight.
The Municipality Inspection process is to inspect the city's "minimal standards". This means, they do not do a full inspection. It is completely up to the builder to build the home to the Required State Recognized Codes, believe me when I say, this is almost never done! The builder will build on the minimal standard that will pass by the city and nothing more, as this is more cost effective for them.
SiteGuard Inspection Services has been performing Phase Inspections since 2010 and have never found a newly constructed home that was without defects.
It is not uncommon for us to find:
HVAC equipment not working properly or never connected
Kitchen appliances not properly installed
Outlets and Fixtures not working
Incomplete work on the outside walls and surfaces
Plumbing fixtures with hot and cold water reversed
Slow draining plumbing fixtures
By having a third-party, non-bias inspection that is performed by a code certified inspector before the builder's final walk through will help the buyer have a complete list of what needs to be completed before you close.
Is it really necessary to have a Termite Inspection?
Subterranean termites are the most destructive insect pests of wood in the United States. They cause more that $2 billion in damage each year, more property damage than that caused by fire and windstorms combined.
We look forward to working with you! Please contact us at Office@SGInspectionServices.com or at (972)-979-7346 with any questions you might have, and we will be happy to assist you. If you are ready to schedule your property inspection, just click on the " Schedule Inspection" button and you will be good to go!