Buyer Benefits and Seller Facts
Buyers’: When you’re buying a home, be it pre-owned or new, an inspection tells you the current condition of the property. Eliminating any surprises after you close on what is for most, the largest single purchase made in their lifetime.
Buying a home can be an overwhelming experience and the presence of an experienced home inspector can be very helpful. All major systems are reviewed during a home inspection. I not only welcome but also encourage the attendance of the buyer, in an attempt to provide you with a general knowledge of the home. I can explain how systems and components operate and what recommended regular maintenance should be performed on these systems or components, thereby alleviating some of the concerns you might have. I will locate and explain the safety features in homes, such as GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters), AFCI (Arc-fault Circuit interrupters), smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and TPR (Temperature Pressure Relief) valves on water heaters, along with anything else the you may have questions about. I can also show you the location of the main water and gas shut offs, the electrical disconnects, etc. I can also help with common maintenance issues, such as how and when to change the furnace filter, or suggest re-caulking around bathtubs to prevent concealed damage behind wall tiles.
If you purchased a new home, still under warranty from the builder, it’s a good idea to have a Maintenance inspection before the warranty expires. It’s a rare that even a new home doesn’t have some problems that were overlooked by the builder. Those repairs or corrections easily exceed the cost of an inspection. If you catch them prior to warranty expiration, your warranty will cover them (review your warranty for exclusions).
Sellers’: You will benefit by knowing the condition of your home before it is placed on the market. That way, any needed repairs can be made prior to listing. A seller’s inspection can also be used as a comparison to what the buyer’s inspector finds.
If you’re getting ready to put your home on the market, take the first step in preparing your home for sale with a listing inspection from Diamond Property Inspections. An inspected home encourages more interest from buyers, eliminates surprises, and generally puts your property at a competitive advantage during the sales process. Buyers will know that you have fully disclosed the condition of your home, and you’ll be confident that there will be fewer, if any, issues during the selling process.
A Diamond Property Inspections listing inspection provides you with comprehensive information on the current condition of your home and includes recommendations for property repairs and enhancements to improve the home’s value and marketability, you will receive a report like this sample inspection report . You can work with your real estate agent to either decide which areas to improve before putting the house on the market, or to adjust the sale price to reflect any costs of repairs that would be revealed in a home inspection performed later by a potential home buyer during the contingency process. If you’ve maintained and updated your home over the years, a listing inspection report serves as a valuable sales tool, documenting the attention to detail and care you’ve taken in protecting your investment.
A listing inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential building consisting of one to four dwelling units. A standard home inspection process can be observed by clicking here. An inspection can be compared to a physical exam by a physician. We will evaluate and refer you to the appropriate specialist. It should be clearly understood that a home inspection is not to be confused with an appraisal, a building code inspection, a guarantee of any kind, and/or an insurance policy on the condition of the property.
During an inspection, the inspector will review the readily accessible exposed portions of the structure of the home, including the roof, the attic, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, basement, and foundation as well as the heating/air conditioning systems, interior plumbing and electrical systems for potential problems.
Home inspections are not intended to point out every small problem or any invisible or latent defect in a home. Most minor or cosmetic flaws, for example, should be apparent to the buyer without the aid of a professional. Call Greg S. Terry for a Home Inspection Done Right.