TO BUYER: The inspection process is a very important part of purchasing your new or previously owned home. It is the most cost-effective way for you to know the condition of what you are buying. It makes good sense to spend a little time and money for an inspection since a home is normally the largest purchase of a lifetime. Your presence at the inspection ensures complete understanding of the report and provides for you a better definition of the major purchase you are about to make.
New homes go through numerous inspections by local agencies as they are being built to ensure that they comply with local building codes and ordinances. However, despite the best efforts of builders and city inspectors, some things can be overlooked or could be a cause of future concern.
For previously owned homes and new construction, your inspector is there to give you an objective picture regarding the present condition of the home AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION. Home buyers should seriously consider an inspection for both pre-owned and new homes.
The inspector inspects what is agreed to in the purchase contract. If there is something out of the ordinary you are concerned about, make sure it is on the Property Condition Addendum and make sure the inspector gets a copy.
Security systems, smoke and fire alarms, and evaporative coolers may not be included.
Attic and crawl spaces with inadequate clearance cannot be accessed and will not be inspected.
Swimming pool structures are not checked for leaks. Pumps, filters, and aboveground piping are checked for correct mechanical operation.
This is a mechanical/structural inspection, so things considered to be cosmetic in nature will not be included (e.g., torn wallpaper, worn carpet, missing drawer pulls, scratches, dents).
TO SELLER: Prior to inspection, you should repair items that need it. Don't let a lot of little things influence your Buyer's opinion about the condition of the property. Here are several suggestions:
Repair any known leaks in plumbing.
Caulk/grout in kitchen and baths where needed.
Have heat and air conditioner serviced, coils cleaned if needed.
Window and door screens need to be in place. Observe insulated windows for leaks or fogging.
Install GFI switches (ground fault interrupters) where needed. Check with local code enforcement officers or licensed electricians.
Remove any dirt or foliage that is on the brick/siding, as this is a termite conducive condition. Remove woodpiles that are next to the house.
Clean gutters and downspouts.
Please have clear access for the inspector to enter the attic and crawl space both in the garage and inside house.
Light all pilots.
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