WHY DO I NEED A PROFESSIONAL HOME INSPECTION?
You want to make an informed buying decision based on the current condition of the home you are interested in. After your inspection you will have a much better understanding of the home you are about to purchase and you will know what to expect in terms of possible repairs and upgrades. Awareness of major work that needs to be done can help you in negotiating your purchase price.
I’M SELLING MY HOME. SHOULD I HAVE IT INSPECTED FIRST?
Yes! Many home sellers have their home professionally inspected before listing it for sale. Early detection and correction of any problems can increase its appeal and market value and simplify the negotiation and closing process.
DO YOU PROVIDE A WRITTEN REPORT?
Pine Tree Home Inspection LLC will email a digital report via reporthost.com which can easily be shared with anyone you like. There is a special section of remarks highlighting any areas of interest, and extensive photographs document inspection details. Reports are usually available the day after the inspection, and we are always available to review the report with you and answer any questions.
SHOULD I BE PRESENT AT THE HOME INSPECTION?
Our goal is to have an informed client. Although it is not necessary, you are encouraged to attend the inspection. Please allow an average of 2 to 3 hours for the inspection process, longer for an older and/or larger home.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from roof to foundation. A home inspection report or home inspection service is the equivalent of a physical examination from your doctor. When problems or symptoms of problems are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation or remedies, providing you with the knowledge to make an informed decision.
Why is a home inspection important?
Home Buyers: Most buyers find it difficult to remain objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment. To obtain the most accurate information about the condition of a home, always get an impartial third-party opinion from an expert in the field of home inspection.
Home Sellers: Why wait for a buyer’s home inspection to uncover hidden problems after you have already accepted an offer? This could cost you thousands in a lower negotiated selling price. More often sellers are choosing to have a thorough home inspection when listing their home to help identify critical areas of concern up front. This will help you to decide whether to perform repairs or disclose the concerns during negotiations
What does a home inspection include?
An inspection report will review the condition of the home’s heating system, central air-conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems. Also included are the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. When the inspector identifies problems, it does not indicate you should not buy the house. His findings serve to educate you in advance of the purchase about the condition of the property. If your budget is tight or if you do not want to be involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely valuable. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are discovered during an inspection.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Yes. Now you can complete your home purchase or sale with confidence about the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. From the inspection you will have learned many things about the home. You will want to keep that information for future reference or to share with a buyer, when selling.
Can't I do the inspection myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. A professional home inspector has the experience, depth of knowledge and training to make an unbiased and informed report of the condition of a property. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation and maintenance. An inspector understands how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail. He knows what to look for and is uniquely suited to interpret what his findings reveal about the condition of the property.
Should I attend the home inspection?
While it is not necessary for you to be present, it is recommended that you make time to join the inspector on his visit. This allows you to observe the inspector, ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain them. After you have seen the property with the inspector, you will find the written report easier to understand.
What will it cost?
Inspection fees for a typical single-family home vary by size and age of the home. Additionally, services such as radon testing, septic inspections and mold testing may be warranted, depending upon the individual property. Do not let the cost deter you from having a home inspection. Knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the time and nominal expense.