Like the doctor who is a general practitioner examining a patient, the home inspector examines the home to assess its condition and health. If a serious problem is discovered, the inspector brings this to the attention of the customer and may recommend a specialist.
A typical home inspection takes two to three hours, during this time the house is examined from the ground up and from the outside in. A good home inspection should include observation and, when appropriate, operation of the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical, and appliance systems, as well as observation of structural components: roof, foundation, basement, exterior and interior walls, chimney, doors, and windows. Findings should be provided in the form of a comprehensive inspection report, which includes an objective evaluation of the condition the home, clearly outlining any existing defects and potential problems.
Real Estate agents will typically refer their client to a home inspector. It is in their best interest to to seek out and recommend qualified professionals. However, in an industry that is for the most part unregulated, this can be more difficult than it sounds. After all, anyone can print up some business cards and call themselves a âprofessionalâ home inspector. Thatâs why it is important for the home owner to contact the home inspector prior to booking inspection and verify qualifications and experience. Anyone can have a professional looking website!
There is no one background that fully trains an individual for all the different conditions that may exist in a home. And even in areas where licensing exists, many programs fall short. Regardless of their technical background or licensing, all home inspectors should be formally trained/certified to perform a home inspection by an organization such as InterNachi, North Americas biggest home inspection association and training organization.
As the owner of the home inspection business and will show you I take pride in my work. Every day I use the expertise gained during thousands of other clients home inspections to personally help you evaluate all the major components of the home including the structure, roof, exterior, electric, heating, air conditioning, plumbing and basement systems.
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