Pre-Purchase Home Inspection

It is highly recommended that buyers insist on a home inspection as one of the conditions within their offer when purchasing a home. It is one of the best ways to ensure you are making a sound purchase.
It is often said that one of the most expensive and important purchases you will ever make will be your home. However, unlike the guarantee a buyer receives with most purchases, there’s no money-back guarantee or return policy if you’re not satisfied with your recently purchased home. Once you buy a home, you’re on your own to maintain it, repair it, anticipate problems and pay the bills. This is why it’s best to know as much as you can about potential problems before you buy.

For a growing number of people buying homes today, the pre-purchase home inspection has become an accepted and essential part of the sales transaction. The professional home inspector, who understands the inner workings of residential construction, offers consumers an expert opinion regarding the condition of a home’s major systems and components at the time of the inspection, before the purchase is made.

Yet more and more the home inspection is also being appreciated for its educational value to the home buyer. Many people are moving into their first house, for example, and are inexperienced in the “care and maintenance” of a home. For these and other consumers, the home inspection provides an excellent opportunity to learn how a house “works”, and where it’s various systems are located. This is the main reason why we recommend the buyer accompany his or her inspector on the inspection itself.

Up to 2,000 sq.ft. – $395

2,000 sq.ft and above – please contact us for pricing

Payment can be made by E Transfer and is due in full at the time of your home inspection.

 

Pre-Listing Home Inspection for Sellers

Similar to purchasing a home, selling a home can also be a stressful experience. Some sellers decide to have a pre-listing home inspection to help identify potential problems in their home that they can address prior to putting their home on the market. A pre-listing inspection can help to clarify points of negotiation and bring a better understanding of the property for the buyer, seller and agents. A quick sale is always the goal, and a pre-inspection is a tool that can help to achieve that.

With a traditional buyer’s (or pre-purchase) inspection, the buyer and seller negotiate the terms of the sale and agree on price. The sale is conditional on a home inspection. At the inspection the buyer finds out what condition the home is in. It sounds a little backwards already, doesn’t it? Why would you buy something before you know what condition it’s in?
The buyer then gets the report, finds out the home is not perfect (none are) and feels they have overpaid. They want to re-negotiate, or worse, they want out of the transaction. The real estate sales professionals are in an awkward spot, because they have already sold the home, going through a tough negotiation. Now they have to tell the seller that the buyer wants a lower price. The sales process has to start over again, or the deal falls apart and nobody is happy.

When the condition of the home is disclosed before the inspection (pre-listing inspection), there are no surprises. It’s as simple as that!

Why is it not always done this way? Because of the way home inspection has evolved. When home inspection was in its infancy, sellers hoped that buyers would not ask for an inspection. But now, virtually all buyers want an inspection. The game has changed. Sellers now understand that there will be an inspection, and it may well cause a problem. Rather than sit by and desperately hope for the best, sellers can control the situation.

With a home pre-inspection, sellers have the opportunity to make improvements or reflect the condition in the listing price. It also eliminates last-minute price negotiating and the possibility that buyers might develop cold feet regarding a sale once their buyer inspection uncovers a needed repair, often bringing into question the whole purchase.
A pre-inspection is also an effective selling tool, attesting to the reputability of the listing salesperson and the serious intent of the seller and can speed up negotiations between buyer and seller.

In competitive situations, prospective buyers may not make an offer, because they are not able to get an inspection completed in the short time frame. A seller’s inspection may allow more potential buyers to make an offer.

Up to 2,000 sq.ft. – $395

2,000 sq.ft and above – please contact us for pricing

Payment can be made by E Transfer and is due in full at the time of your home inspection.

 

Maintenance Inspections for Home Owners

Some homeowners choose to have periodic maintenance inspections on their home. Preventative maintenance can pay for itself by identifying seemingly small problems that may develop into larger, more costly problems if not addressed.
In a home, very few things are maintenance free!

Inspecting your home on a regular basis to identify and monitor certain conditions and components, along with following good maintenance practices is the best way to protect your investment in your home.

Proper and on-going maintenance of a home’s structural and mechanical systems is essential to maintaining or even increasing its value over time. As a homeowner, a maintenance inspection can provide a blueprint for your home maintenance plan. Offering advice and recommendations for approaching repairs as well as prioritizing any issues found with the home.

Regular maintenance inspections can help extend the life of a home’s many components and may assist in reducing energy consumption costs.

By identifying minor repairs homeowners can avoid major repairs down the road.

Whether you take care of a few tasks at a time or several all at once, it is important to get into the habit of doing them. Establish a routine for yourself and you will find the work is easy to accomplish and not very time consuming. A regular schedule of seasonal maintenance can put a stop to the most common—and costly—problems, before they occur.
Regular maintenance inspections are the key, to help keep your home a Safe and Healthy place to live!

Up to 2,000 sq.ft. – $395

2,000 sq.ft and above – please contact us for pricing

Payment can be made by E Transfer and is due in full at the time of your home inspection.