What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a non-invasive, limited examination of a dwelling. This involves examining a home's
- Exterior: roof, gutters, windows, doors, porches driveway, walkway etc.
-Interior- kitchen, bathroom, plumbing, hvac, electrical system, overall condition.
A home inspection also inspects the visible areas of the basement, foundation and or crawlspace.
The findings of a home inspection are relayed both verbally and with a written report. This report will include potential safety hazards and concerns along with any observed defects in a home's systems. Some examples would be improperly spaced stair balusters which could be a falling hazard for small children, Inconsistent stair height which could be a tripping or falling hazard, exposed wiring which could be a shock or fire hazard, etc. A home inspection will also include the location of shut offs for water and gas if applicable.
What a home inspection is not.
A home inspection is not a guarantee or warranty. It is not a code inspection or a binding contract that states the seller will have to fix the issues found during the inspection. It is not an appraisal or a repair cost estimate. A copy of the findings does not get delivered to your local municipality. It becomes the property of the client (you) to use as a tool to make a more informed decision on your purchase and can be used to negotiate your offer.
Buying or selling?
Home inspections are commonly used by people who are buying or selling a house and can be used as insight for the overall health of your home in one package and provide leverage in negotiating on price.
What you will get is a detailed report explaining any safety concerns or defects with your home. I'll be happy to go over the report with you as well, answering any questions you may have about the condition of your home or statements in the report.
Preserve your home.
Home inspections examine all of the major systems of a home to point out defects and safety hazards. Finding a problem early on is a great way to avoid large issues and allows you to resolve it in a more cost-efficient manner. It is recommended that you get a home inspection done once a year. This ensures that your home maintenance efforts aren't going to waste.
Why Hire an InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector?
-I'm required to stay up to date with the industry’s most rigorous Continuing Education through online, video and live training courses, which have been awarded more than 1,400 approvals and accreditations by governmental and other agencies;
-I adhere to a comprehensive Standards of Practice to ensure that you receive a detailed and accurate home inspection;
-I abide by a strict Code of Ethics, which puts my clients first and protects their rights as consumers; and
-I use state-of-the-art inspection tools and reporting software so that my clients can make informed decisions about the homes they want to buy or sell.
Michigan is a non-licensed state for home inspectors, so it is a smart choice to choose a home inspector who is certified through a nationally recognized organization.