Why Have A Home Inspection
It is in every homebuyer’s best interest to have a home inspection, especially considering the cost relative to the investment. Every person that has provided me with feedback regarding my service said it was well worth the money. I believe the benefits of my inspections have outweighed the costs for all my clients. The following paragraphs explain why I think it is important for everyone to have a home inspection:
Health and Safety Issues
Did you know most injuries occur at home? Most injuries are preventable. Many health and safety issues are hidden and won't be discovered by a typical homebuyer until it's too late. It is my obligation as a home inspector to educate consumers of the potential risks involved with owning and maintaining a property. My # 1 goal as an inspector is to protect the safety of a property's occupants and visitors. I am acutely aware of the dangers most likely to cause us harm because of all of my experience and dealings with families that have suffered catastrophic losses while as either a restoration contractor or insurance claims adjuster. As a student that studied engineering design, it was stressed that our #1 job was to prevent injuries and death. Health and safety issues inspected on every home include:
▪ secure doors, locks and windows
▪ adequate ventilation, fresh air, clean ducts
▪ carbon monoxide dangers
▪ fire hazards
▪ smoke detectors
▪ insect and rodent infestation
▪ tempered glass in windows and doors
▪ odors and sources of odors
▪ adequate exterior lighting
▪ choking, hanging, strangling hazards
▪ railings, steps, trip / fall hazards
▪ stable structures, adequate and secure fasteners
▪ natural gas leaks
▪ moisture and mold detection
▪ presence of asbestos and lead-based paint
▪ conditions conducive to radon infiltration
* I inspect for indicators of hazardous materials or gasses but I don't do scientific hazardous materials testing.
Value and Maintenance
My #2 goal as an inspector is to ensure homeowners and homebuyers are aware of how the condition of the home affects future maintenance, value, livability and durability of a home. I strive to make my customers aware of the existing condition(s) of a property, what repairs are necessary now, and what repairs are to be expected in the future. A few dollars spent now on preventive maintenance may save thousands of dollars in future expenses, and I provide homeowners with the information to help prioritize those repairs.
A home inspection is a must for first time homebuyers. A home inspection will help ease the tensions that are associated with such an overwhelming commitment of money and responsibility. An inspection helps give a buyer the information he or she needs to confidently follow through with their decision. Also, a whole home inspection will address issues regarding regular maintenance tasks that might otherwise be ignored by someone without homeownership experience.
Every community has different styles, methods and regulations of home building and repair. Probably most important is if a buyer is from a warmer climate or an area that doesn’t have many basements. I often do inspections for buyers from different climates that are unfamiliar “winterizing” or other maintenance issues associated with our extremes in climate and / or construction methods. It is important that homebuyers understand the parts of a home so that it will be properly monitored and maintained.
Some of the most overlooked conditions of a property are family safety and security issues. There are many conditions of a home that most adults would not ever consider as a risk to children, such as non-tempered glass, mini-blinds, lead based paint, air quality hazards, fire escape routes, electrical shock hazards, garage doors, improper railings at stairs or elevated decks, etc. I also address security issues such as exterior lighting and door locks. One of my objectives when I do a home inspection is to find the weak link in security, the easiest access of entry for a potential criminal and find solutions to minimize risk.
I often do investigative inspections for existing homeowners. The most common reasons for these type of inspections are moisture / condensation problems, foundation settlement, cracking walls / ceilings, resolution of contractor disputes, warranty inspections, and general consultation. See Other TYPES of Inspections.