Comprehensive Buyers Inspection
Our Comprehensive Home Inspection is a 2-4 hour visual examination of all accessible components and systems.
Accessible roofs will be walked; all accessible areas of the crawlspace and attic will be entered. A report
of approximately 20-30 pages with full color photos of all areas of concern will be prepared.
The report will be available the same evening
, emailed directly to you and anyone you wish receive a copy.
We encourage you to attend the inspection to gain a better understanding of your new home.
The inspection process is done in three phases and allows ample time for us to stop and discuss our findings with you.
For more specific details about what we inspect
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New Home Buyers Inspection Package
This is our most popular inspection, over two thirds of our clients choose to have a radon test done. So
we package together the entire standard home inspection with a 48 hour Radon gas test.
Having a Radon test done with your home inspection provides you with a full understanding of not only the physical condition
of the property but also the unseen health hazards posed by radon gas. If you need more information about Radon and it's
detrimental effects please
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Sample Inspection Report
Pre-Listing Home Inspection for the Seller
If you are selling your home, you might want to consider having a pre-listing inspection prior to listing your home. In today’s real estate market, homebuyers can be choosy and often unreasonable in their negotiations when it comes to repairs.
A pre-listing inspection sets the stage for a more qualified sale and provides an opportunity to receive an objective evaluation of the current condition of your home by an unbiased, professional third party. Like any home seller, you want to get the most dollars for your home in the shortest amount of time. Don’t let repairs be a negotiating tool for your buyers.
Our pre-listing inspection provides you with powerful benefits:
- Minimize market time by providing a value added benefit to your home with proof of the property’s condition.
- Promotes assurance to your prospects that your home has been inspected by a professional.
- Allows you time to decide to correct problems or adjust your sales price to reflect the estimated repairs or provide the information necessary to disclose the as-is condition of your home eliminating the negotiation of the sales price.
- Increase awareness and promote a sense of trust with your buyers.
Real estate professionals can help you determine the fair listing price based on the true physical condition of the property resulting in a quicker sale with less stress.
More and more real estate professionals are recommending to their clients that they have their home pre-inspected. Some will even include the cost in their full service listing package. Pre-listing inspections can be tailored to meet your particular needs, from a full inspection, to a partial inspection covering only major systems, or just one area of concern.
New Home 1 Year Builders Warranty Inspection
A builder’s warranty inspection is an inspection designed specifically for homes that are less than 1 year old and still under the builders warranty. The builder is responsible for most defects on a new home for this period.
The builder doesn’t call to remind you that your home warranty was about to expire. It is up to you, the home owner, to contact the builder to inform them that there are problems with the home that need to be fixed.
The inspection should be done at about the tenth month of your first year. This allows the maximum time for issues to arise and time for the builder to make repairs during the warranty period.
Proper documentation by an independent third party inspector is key to achieving satisfaction from your builder. A professional inspection will provide you with a detailed written report and digital photos to identify areas that are of highest concern and ready for presentation to your builder. Our inspection covers all major systems of your home and we will also take the time to document any cosmetic concerns that you may have so that everything can be easily communicated to the builder.
Some unpleasant facts about new construction:
- The building codes are the minimum standards for construction.
- On average, municipal inspectors to have a workload of over 10 inspections in a single day. These inspectors just can’t possibly cover every item in every home. Appliances and major systems are not tested and they do not enter attics crawlspaces or go onto roofs.
- Most major construction flaws go unnoticed for 3-5 years. Correcting these flaws could cost thousands of dollars, and the builder is no longer responsible.
Check out these short videos of defects we have found
A brief list of some defects we have found and the potential results for our Client's homes if not for our inspection:
NEW Raleigh area homes.
Ask The Raleigh Home Inspector Video Blog
This is scary stuff
- Disconnected fireplace flue in the attic ( carbon monoxide poisoning or fire )
- 200 Amp breaker installed on service entrance cable rated for 125 Amps ( fire )
- Clothes dryer vented to the crawlspace ( moisture damage and mold growth )
- Pull down attic stairs installed with finish nails ( collapse and serious injury )
- Major foundation damage caused by an HVAC installer ( structural failure )
- Roof framing defects ( structural failure )
- Engineered roof and floor trusses damaged or cut through ( structural failure )
All these defects were found in either new or occupied homes, previously inspected by the local municipalities. Scary thought isn’t it?
We're ready to help you make an informed choice
Home Maintenance Inspections
Your home is very much a living entity and should be treated as such. It rises from the ground,
inhales and exhales air. It has an internal climate and is affected by the environment around it.
It gets sick when systems break down and needs repair when wounded. In most cases, you will not know
what is wrong until something breaks down or when what appeared to be just a stain turns into major
deterioration. And just like with our own bodies, one symptom is usually a sign of a bigger problem
that, if not repaired, can lead to even more and bigger problems later on.
Ironically, as large of an investment as a house is, it is maintained far less frequently than a typical car
though your house often costs many times as much. We are told to service the oil and perform preventative
maintenance on our cars every 3-5k miles; a home rarely ever receives a check-up. Instead, problems that
occur in a home are typically only addressed after something breaks or becomes very obvious. At this point
the damage is done and the expense can cause a financial strain. Most homeowners give very little consideration
to the fact that, if found early on, home related problems can be addressed before those small issues become large problems.
How do you know something is wrong with your home to begin with? The only way to know is to have a professional
inspect its components. Just like a car that goes in for a thirty point check-up, a professional home maintenance
inspection will cover several hundred of the over 15,000 components your home is made up of.
Based on various factors such as tree cover, weather exposure, normal wear and tear, and the finite lifespan
of today’s construction materials and mechanical systems, we recommend that you schedule a home maintenance
inspection at least every two years. Even if you only plan to reside in the home for a short time,
periodic maintenance will save you many dollars down the road.
A home maintenance inspection is performed in the same manner as our standard home inspection and we will generate
the same easy to read comprehensive report with photos of all areas of major concern.
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