Tips and FAQs

Inspections Protect Everyone

  • Buyers– security in your decision
  • Sellers– attract more potential buyers
  • Realtors– confidence in your listing
Why should I have a professional home inspection?

A home purchase is likely one of the biggest investments you will ever make, and an inspection from Patriot Home Inspections helps provide the information you need to feel confident about it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After receiving our thorough, objective report detailing the home’s condition, you’ll be able to make a smart, informed decision.

What does a home inspection include?

The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report.

Do I need to be present during the inspection?

Ideally, yes. The goal of a home inspection is not just to inspect the property, but also to educate the homeowner or potential buyer about the property’s condition. This is better achieved if you are present at the time of the inspection.

What should I do while the home is being inspected?

Ask questions. If you don’t understand something, just ask. Not everyone is knowledgeable about all aspects of a home. No questions are foolish. Take this opportunity to learn as much as you can from the home inspector about your new home.

Make sure the following systems are inspected:
The physical, plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, and electrical systems should be thoroughly inspected and evaluated. The home inspector should also determine the condition of the roof surface, the exterior facades, doors and windows. The grading around the home should be examined, as well as the condition of any decks, patios, porches, driveways and sidewalks.

The home inspector should examine the physical condition of the interior of the home for signs of problems or potential problems; such as indications of past water intrusion into the attic or lower levels of the home and whether the home is susceptible to water intrusion in these areas, any materials that may be asbestos containing materials., and any sign of wood destroying insects.

The home inspector should examine all electrical and mechanical components of the home and look for problems; such as aluminum distribution wires, lead and galvanized steel water supply pipes, aged and inefficient heating and air-conditioning systems. If the home has a well and/or septic system, these systems should also be evaluated.

The inspection is complete, now what?

After the inspection, you should receive a good summary of the inspector’s findings. You will be able to download an advance PDF copy of the report. Patriot Home Inspections provide a complete written report for viewing and download within 24 hours.

At the conclusion of the inspection you should know the condition of the home you are selling/purchasing, including all positive and negative aspects. You should know what repairs are needed, as well as the urgency of the needed repairs, and the magnitude of the repair costs. You should know if there are any unsafe conditions, and whether there are any risks of hidden deterioration.

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