Welcome to the Signature Home Inspections LLC Help Center. I’ve pulled together some of the most frequently asked questions from my clients and compiled them all here. I tried to include everything I could think of, but if you still have issues or concerns going forward, please get in touch and I’ll do my best to help out.
WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
A home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of the physical structure, the systems & components
of a home from the roof to foundation.
A home inspector is trained to be a detective in regard to the construction and working parts of a home
WHY DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
A home inspection may be one of the most important events of your life. Before you purchase the property, you should learn as much as you can including what may need to be repaired.
A home inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as required ongoing maintenance that will be needed to keep the property in good shape. By having a professional home inspection, you will have a clearer understanding of the home you are purchasing so you can make a confident decision.
The inspection report is an effective method of negotiation with a seller over price of the home you're trying to buy.
WHAT IF THE HOME INSPECTION REVEALS PROBLEMS?
If a home inspection reveals problems. It does not necessarily mean you should not buy the house.
The home inspection is meant to educate you in advance of the purchase of the condition of the property.
What to Expect?
Thanks for choosing us to complete your upcoming home inspection. We look forward to conducting a thorough and accurate inspection of the property.
Not sure what to expect? We’ve compiled the following tips to help you prepare for inspection day.
1. BEFORE THE INSPECTION
Schedule your inspection for a day when you’re available to be on-site for several hours.
Home inspection times vary widely depending on the size, age and features the house, among other things. We recommend reserving several hours where you’ll be free to be at the property.
Review the seller’s property disclosures. This may spark some questions you’d like to ask us. The property disclosure might contain things like past termite problems, leaks, renovations, appliance malfunctions, etc.
2. THE DAY OF THE INSPECTION.
Your real estate agent should be there too. A good real estate agent will be by your side during the home inspection. They’ve been through this process many times before and can help you determine if there’s anything that will have an impact on your upcoming transaction.
Bring a chair. Most for-sale homes are empty, and they’ll be that way during the inspection. Bring a plastic or folding chair so you don’t have to stand the whole time.
Stick close by your inspector. Give your inspector plenty of space to do his job, but don’t go too far. He or she will likely want to point out some things to you as they move throughout the house.
Turn on the utilities. Try the faucets, the toilets, the various light switches. Your home inspector will also check the major appliances to ensure they’re in working order (or have been disclosed otherwise).
3. AFTER THE INSPECTION
Ask questions. If you have questions, ask! We understand not everyone is familiar with the home inspection process, and are more than happy to explain our findings. Remember we’re working for you.
Follow up. If you do proceed with the sale, we hope you’ll follow up on any recommendations included in our report.