Home inspection services are companies that come to do non-invasive examinations of your home, usually just before selling your house or buying one. These home inspection services will check various parts of the building and will recommend any repairs or maintenance that needs to be done in the home. They will not pass or fail the home, but will merely make suggestions which may improve or reduce the value of the home.
Who Performs Home Inspection Services
In order to be able to do home inspection services, the person you choose will need to be licensed as a home inspector and have passed an examination to do home inspections. Professional engineers are also able to do home inspection services and can offer additional engineering services where required.
What Home Inspection Services Include
Home inspection services include the examining of your home including your roof, basement, heating system, water heater, air-conditioning, structure, plumbing and electrical, as well as various other elements of the home.
In examining these areas the home inspector will look for areas where improper building practices have been used, areas that require major repairs or maintenance, and also any hazards in the home that need to be fixed.
Common Issues Found By Home Inspection Services
Before calling in home inspection services there are probably a few things that you can look at for yourself, to improve your home inspection report. Some of the most common problems encountered by home inspection services include inadequate drainage, tile shower surrounds not being properly maintained, ineffective or missing toilet wax rings, poor attic ventilation, septic tanks that have not been pumped for years, not servicing or cleaning furnaces, bad roofs, blocked drains and amateur electrical alterations. Before going to home inspection services see whether any of these problems are relevant to your home.
Know How The Home Inspection Report Is Presented
When interviewing home inspection companies you should always ask them what format their report comes in and how much information they will include. It is important that you find a home inspection company that offers a detailed report on what they feel the problems were and how they can be solved and then take time to read this report thoroughly and make notes of what you can do to make improvements. If the report makes use of a legend, key, symbols or icons then become familiar with these.
How to Choose a Home Inspection Services Company
Hire Professional Inspectors
Although all home inspectors are supposed to be licensed to perform home inspection services, unfortunately many unqualified people are misrepresenting themselves by performing home inspection services when they are not properly qualified to do so.
It is important that you know who you are hiring, check up on their qualifications and references, how knowledgeable they are, whether they have insurance, as well as how long the job will take and how much it will cost you. Also ask them during your interview about the type of report they offer and what information they include.
The Need For Home Inspections
Home inspection services check your property, usually before a sale, to advise you of any repairs and maintenance that need to be done. Home inspectors should be licensed and you need to do your due diligence when selecting your home inspector, by checking on their qualifications and references. Try to fix whatever problems you can before the home inspection, and learn to read home inspection reports properly to learn what else you may have over-looked.