A learning experience
The Home Inspection is an invaluable learning experience. It is an opportunity for you to gather information about one of the most important and expensive financial decisions you will make during your lifetime... the purchase of a home.
Furthermore, this may be your only opportunity to get to know the house that will be your home. You may have viewed the house once or twice with your Realtor but the chances are you have not had the time or the expertise to determine and comprehend the true condition of the property you are purchasing.
Everything you learn about the house through the Home Inspection is knowledge that can be used by and to your advantage, and will aid you in successfully negotiating your purchase. Our Home Inspection is designed to give you immediate, current information about the property so that you will be a well-informed home buyer.
The detail makes us different
You will appreciate the detailed yet simple to follow report, presented to you "on site" at the end of the Inspection. Your house will be inspected from top to bottom, inside and out, one room at a time.
You will be surprised at just how much we inspect and the detail we go into (take our walk through inspection further down this page) The following components will all be inspected:
-Air Conditioning system and its components
-Attic, insulation, ventilation
-Built in kitchen appliances, counter tops and cabinets
-Heating systems and its components
-Safety items, stairs, smoke detectors, railings
-Complete plumbing systems and water heater
-Electrical system and it's components
-Exterior siding, windows and doors
-Fireplace, smoke chamber and chimney
-Foundation, basement, crawl space, grading
-Porch, patio, deck
-Roof, flashing, gutter, down spouts
-Walls, floors, ceilings, doors, closets
Some Home Inspectors believe that random testing of outlets, windows, etc. is adequate (and yes it does meet national home inspection standards). We do not think this good enough for you. If it is at all possible for us to inspect it or test it we will. Random testing can all too easily miss a major problem and that is not in your best interest.
Tools of The Trade
We arrive fully equipped to do the best possible inspection for you. Along with the "extend-able ladder and flashlight" our tool bag has numerous other tools, including voltage testers, circuit testers, wiring analyzer, outlet tester, pressure and flow meters, carbon monoxide detector, gas detector and leak detector "soap", invasive and non invasive moisture meters, smoke alarm tester, 30 thousand and 250 thousand candlepower lights, levels, water softener test kit, hoses, water and gas keys, water leak detection dye, ground probes, high power binoculars, coveralls and hard hat!
(Note: not all these tools will necessarily be used in every inspection)
Standards for Inspecting
You will receive a copy of the Standards of Practice with your Inspection report.
Note: Buyer's Inspection Service strives to meet or exceed the inspection standards set by the both the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI), and their standards of practice.