What Is A Home Inspection?

What is A Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a snapshot in time that represents the condition of a home on the day and time of the inspection.  It’s not meant to predict the future condition of the home or it’s components.

A home inspector will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement. A home inspection is not an appraisal and will not determine the home’s market value. It is also not a municipal inspection and does not verify local code compliance.

Home inspectors are only human, we don’t have X Ray vision. We cannot see behind walls or furniture and since we only have a limited time to perform the inspection there may be some small items we don’t report.

What if the inspection report reveals problems?

The report you will receive after the inspection will be very detailed and can seem alarming.  It is important to note that no house is perfect. Every home inspection will identify issues with the property and the inspector will communicate the severity of the issues found. The home inspector’s goal is to leave their clients with a deeper understanding of their prospective home, so the client can make a sound decision as they continue their home buying process. The client should be fully aware of any issues, risks, or health concerns that may impact the client’s decision. The inspector’s role is not to tell the clients if they should buy the house or not, but to help clients understand the full cost of ownership. If major problems are found, home-buyers may wish to negotiate with the seller to make repairs or cover their costs.

Everything in a home can be fixed and this is where your real estate agent comes in. They will help you sift through the inspection report and prepare a response.

We offer services including home buyer inspections, pre-listing inspections, annual maintenance inspections, or builder warranty inspections – to ensure proper maintenance of your home – you can trust us to deliver excellent services. We strictly follow the Standards of Practice for home inspectors established by InterNACHI, the leading home inspection association.

We will explain the general condition of the home and systems with you and your agent. We will talk through any major issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. We will also mention the items that you will want to keep an eye on for deferred maintenance. All of this will be detailed in our easy-to-read HelloPro report, that will be delivered in both HTML and/or PDF format and stored in the HelloPro cloud.  From that report, you’ll be able to see the items we discussed, with images for reference.

Whether you are buying, selling or maintaining your home, HelloPro Home Inspections provides professional and quality service from the moment you call us.

If you’d like to know more about our inspection process or any of our other services or included warranties, we’re happy to answer all of your questions.

Wondering what’s included in a standard home inspection from HelloPro Home Inspections? Here is a quick overview of the services included in your home inspection, and the major systems that we analyze and evaluate throughout the process.

  • Structural Systems

    Foundations, grading & drainage, basements, walkways, and floor, wall and ceiling structures.

  • Roofing

    Roof coverings, drainage systems, flashings and skylights, chimneys and other roof penetrations.

  • Electrical Systems

    Service entrance and panels, branch circuits, connected devices and fixtures, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and making sure your outlets are GFCI-protected.

  • Plumbing

    Fixtures and faucets, water supply systems, drain, waste and vent systems, water heater, vents, flues and chimneys, and any sump pumps or fuel storage and distribution systems.

  • Heat & A/C

    Heating and cooling equipment, ducts, vents and flues.

  • Appliances

    Dishwasher, garbage disposal, range hood, range or oven, cooktop, microwave, trash compactor, bathroom exhaust fans, garage door operator, and other built-in appliances.

Worried about buying a new home?  Looking for a GUARANTEE? 

Relax… Your home purchase is covered by InterNACHI’s® Buy Back GUARANTEE when you choose HelloPro Home Inspections, LLC.; an InterNACHI® Certified Inspector. 

Which Problems Do You Want To Buy?

Which problems do you want to buy?  The ones you know about on the front end or the ones that surprise you after the fact?

There seems to be quite the discussion out there today on whether having a home inspection from a third party does anything more than complicate the home buying process.  Most people would probably prefer to skip it and avoid the extra cost of a few hundred dollars.  But a home inspection offers the buyer an invaluable perspective.  A home inspection helps the buyer decide whether or not they want to buy those “problems” or it helps the seller determine whether or not they want to fix the unknown “problems” before they place their home on the market.

A good analogy for home inspection would be going to a doctor for a physical.  If the doctor finds something wrong with you, they would then send you to a specialist, like a Cardiologist or a Pulmonologist to take care of the more serious issues.

A qualified home inspector is a general physician for your house, providing a “visual and non-invasive” inspection of the property.  It’s a neutral perspective providing an essential health checkup on the true condition of the property.  A good inspection should elevate the condition of the property and empower the home-buyer to purchase, or not to purchase, with confidence.

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