WHAT WE Inspect DURING A
pre-Offer HOME INSPECTION:
- Exterior: Wall cladding, windows, doors, eaves, trims, decks, porches, entryways, steps, grading, and drainage
- Roofing: Roof system, roof penetrations, roof drainage, and roof structure, chimney
- Structure: Foundation, structural framing, floor, walls, ceiling framing, and roof framing
- Heating and Air Conditioning: Furnace system, boiler system, HVAC system, ducts, vents, tanks, fuel supply system, and main fuel shutoff
- Plumbing: Supply and waste piping, main supply shutoff, drains, traps, and vent piping
- Electrical: Service entrance cable, meter area, grounding, main disconnect, main and sub panels, GFCI breakers and receptacles, AFCI breakers, switches, and exposed branch wiring
- Interior: Walls, floors, ceilings, trim, windows, door, other cabinetry, and all interior components
- Appliances: Dishwasher, oven range, other miscellaneous permanently installed appliances and components
How long does a pre-offer inspection take?
Does the seller have to fix all (or any) of the things you find in the pre-offer home inspection?
How should I negotiate with the seller after the home inspection? Should I still make an offer even if there are problems?
We cannot advise you on how you should negotiate or move forward with your transaction, offer, or contract. You should seek the professional advice of a real estate attorney. Our job is to inform you of the condition of the property only.
What will my inspection report look like?
Why don't you do "walk-through" pre-offer inspections?
Walk-through inspections are brief inspections with no report, often done during open houses and other short visits to the property. This is no setting in which to fully reveal issues and problems that might be present in a home.
We only do full inspections because defects in a home’s systems often require time to discover, analysis of many details including running water, thermostats, electrical panels, appliances, crawlspaces and attics, and other detailed observations and documentation of the home.
You will leave the inspection with a full understanding of the significant issues in the home, and we issue a complete, full report. Anything less than this is taking on far too much risk, and we don’t want you to do that. These inspections take the same amount of time that our usual buyer’s inspections take, which is about 2-4 hours.