What is a Home Inspections?
Site – A check of the site grading & drainage, retaining walls, walkways, driveways, patios, decks, porches, fencing, gates.
Structure – An evaluation of the exterior walls, parapets, trim, chimney, foundation, slabs and basement or crawl space (if applicable).
Attic/Roof – Review of access provisions, insulation, ventilation, framing, roof surface, flashing, penetrations, drainage, overhangs, gutters & downspouts.
Garage – Evaluation of the overhead vehicle door, automatic opener, fire separation.
Plumbing – A review of the accessible main piping, distribution piping, waste & vent piping, fuel system, water heater, laundry connection.
Heating/Cooling – A check of the type, condition, distribution/duct system, filters, thermostat.
Electrical – Evaluation of the service entrance, system capacity, panels, circuitry, wiring, outlets & switches.
Interior– Review of doors, windows, flooring, walls & ceiling, fireplace, closets, stairs.
Kitchen – Looking at cabinets & counters, sink, faucet, garbage disposal, dishwasher, range, oven, some built-in appliances.
Bathrooms – A check of cabinets & counters, sinks, faucets, tubs, showers, toilets, ventilation.
5 Reasons to get a Home Inspection
1. Power to renegotiate
OSA Home Inspections will provide you with a full detailed report with pictures outlining any issues with the home. With the report, you can negotiate with the seller to fix any issues or to adjust the price accordingly.
Skipping an inspection could be a financial gamble, a choice that could lead into serious consequences. For example, a faulty electrical system that is ignored could turn into a fire hazard. A leaky faucet could turn into hidden mold, causing major health problems.
3. Risk vs Reward
A professional home inspection is just a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of the home and could end up saving you thousands of dollars. Its far better to spend a few hundred dollars on the home inspection, rather than hoping for the best and ending up with a home that you aren't satisfied with. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
4. One last chance to retract your offer
A home inspection report documenting deficiencies gives you one last opportunity to reconsider whether this home is right for you, which gives you one final chance to back out of your offer.
5. Impartial and honest evaluation
People tend to fall in love with a house because of the style, cosmetic features, and the location; but over-looking the issues can turn their dream home into a nightmare. I will report and point out issues to the buyer so you can make an informed decision.
10 Myths about Home Inspections
"Double tapped circuit breakers are a big safety issue". A double tap occurs when two wires are connected to a circuit breaker that is only designed to accept one wire. A very common electrical issue, the repair for double tap is simple and fast. With all the electrical issues that can come about double Tap is low on the list of safety risks. Why do people think this is a big deal? Could be the fear of the unknown.
"A small A/C unit might not be enough to cool the house". The myth is that a small (physical size of the unit) might not be enough to cool down the house. The Physical size of the A/C unit outside of the house tells you little about the cool capability of the unit. Cooling capacity is measured in tons. To figure out how many tons your unit is, look at the model number and find a number usually between 18 and 60 that's a multiple of 6. Divide that number by 12, and you have the number of tons your unit is.
" The seller needs to fix this". The myth is that the seller must fix everything the home inspector finds. The seller is not required to fix anything. The home buyer can use the issues OSA Inspections have found to ask the seller to fix them or lower the price based off the issues. There is not one thing the seller must fix before the sell.
"New built homes don't need a home inspection". The myth is that new construction builds will have nothing wrong with them. New homes could have problems due to the builder cutting corners or mistakes. Some builders Build to minimum requirements that were in place at the time, with the builder sometimes cutting corners. New constructions are covered by a warranty program. Any issues found by the inspection early enough can we put on to the builder to repair.
"Buyers are the only ones that need/could use a home inspection." The myth is that only buyers of a house can or should get an inspection. Home inspections are mainly for buyers but also a seller and homeowners can benefit from getting one. Buyers use a home inspection as a negotiating tool and for information on issues that could cost them later down the line. Sellers could use a home inspection to foresee problems to price the house accordingly. Also, can help minimize long processes every note renegotiation due to the results of the buyer's home inspection. Homeowners can use a home inspection as a checkup, so you can keep up with repairs before they get out of hand.
"Having a code inspection, appraisal, and termite inspection eliminates the need of a home inspection." The myth is you do not need a home inspection if you get a code inspection, appraisal, or termite inspection. False. The money you save not getting a home inspection is not worth the risk of what could be missed. Appraisal, Termite inspection, Code inspection, should not take the place of a home inspection and a home inspection should not take the place of any of those inspections.
"Home inspector makes mountains out of ant hills". The myth is that home inspectors make a massive deal about every small thing they find. A professional home Inspection is an examination of the conditions visible and accessible Components of a home on the day of the inspection. And inspector shouldn't not report on every little defect or problem.
"Vegetation around the house adds to the curb appeal". The myth is that vegetation can only help the value of the home. Yes, vegetation can improve curb appeal but also plants around the house may cause water damage. When trees or shrubs are too close to foundation, they could absorb a lot of water from the foundation and in expansive soil area it could be problematic. With trees overhang the roof, it could make the roof dry slower along with debris falling and harming the roof.
"Residential asbestos is hazardous and should be removed". This myth has truth to it and asbestos should not be taken lightly. The truth: Asbestos in the homes is ok if it’s not disturbed. Asbestos is a natural fibrous mineral that was greatly used up until 1980’s in many building materials such as insulation, duct insulation, flooring tiles, fire resistant materials etc. And the list is ongoing. The danger of asbestos can cause lung disease or cancer if inhaled. If you are not doing major renovation or demolition, in the majority cases, doing nothing is the best approach. If you plan to remove asbestos is a very expensive job, not only to remove and remediate, but also the disposal of asbestos.
"Home inspections are an expense that can go without". The myth is you can save the cost of a home inspection ($250-$500) and just fix what is wrong with the home, but that is wrong and could end up costing you thousands. With the money you are spending on your new home or new investment a few hundred dollars is a drop in the bucket. The information you will receive is worth the small price of an inspection. As a buyer the negotiating tool and the ability to back out of the seller if a major problem surfaces should be all the reason you need to get a home inspection. As a seller the time not spent negotiating and fixing problems should be all the reason you need to get home inspection. As an owner the ability to know what problems are or could be a concern before a major repair is needed should be all the reason you need for a home inspection.