What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is an objective, non-invasion, visual examination of the structural and mechanical systems of a home. From the roof to the foundation and many systems in between including but not limited to plumbing, electrical, and HVAC.
Why do I need a Home Inspection?
The purchase of a home is one of the largest investments you will ever make. Learning as much as possible about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before buying, can help minimize unpleasant surprises.
What will be in my home inspection report?
Your professional home inspection report will include findings on the home’s condition regarding the foundation, grading and drainage, roof, exterior veneer (brick or siding), windows, doors, flooring, fireplace and chimney, heating and cooling systems, electrical panel box, plumbing systems, kitchen appliances, garage door, washer and dryer connections, and occasionally optional systems such as, sprinkler systems, septic system, or pools and spas. If defects or code/safety issues are found during the inspection the Inspector will note this in the report and refer you to a licensed professional who can assist in further evaluating the matter at hand.
What if the report reveals problems?
The purpose of an inspection is to identify any defects or code/safety issues. If any deficiencies are found during the inspection the Inspector will note this in the report and refer you to a licensed professional who can assist in further evaluating the matter at hand. The presence of deficiencies or code/safety issues does not mean that should not purchase the house; only that you will have the knowledge in advance as to what to expect, as well as, what and how to negotiate with the Sellers. Remember, there are no perfectly built homes.
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.
Newly built homes do not need an inspection, right?
Builders must meet the “minimum” requirements of the building code at the time the home is being built. Having an inspection completed by a third-party Inspector during the building process can uncover potential issues that may exist; allowing the Builder to make corrections during the building process. There are multiple opportunities for an inspection to take place prior to closing. The first opportunity is prior to the foundation being poured, the second is prior to the dry-wall being installed and the third is prior to the final walk thru. See our New Construction page for more information.
How long will the inspection last?
Generally, an inspection takes an hour per every thousand square feet the home has; however, the inspection time may vary if there are additional services selected.
Can I attend the inspection?
Yes! You are welcome to be there the entire time or just for the presentation portion of the inspection. The presentation, generally the last 30-45 minutes of the inspection time provides you with the opportunity to meet with your Inspector as they explain their findings and help to ensure a thorough understanding of the report.
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.
Are all Home Inspectors created equal?
Unfortunately, no, not all Home Inspectors are created equal. In this industry you often get what you pay for; meaning a lesser/cheaper inspection fee can often result in a less experienced and knowledgeable Inspector. It is important to do your homework; review their website and sample reports to see their workmanship, level of detail, and services provided.
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.
What forms of payment are accepted for my inspection?
SiteGuard Inspection Services accepts most major credit cards, checks, money orders, cash, and Zelle payments.
We look forward to being of service to 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 home inspection, just click on the " Schedule Inspection" button and you will be good to go!