|WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?|
A home inspection is a non invasive, non technically exhaustive visual examination of the readily accessible systems and components during which the inspector looks for structural and mechanical concerns, potential safety hazards and tries to determine the age of major systems including roofing, heating and air conditioning, and water heaters. An inspector typically spends between two to three hours evaluating a home, and may recommend further evaluation if problems or symptoms are discovered.
One of the best ways to understand a home's condition, habitability and safety is to hire a professional home inspector. A properly trained home inspector will review your house as a system, looking at how one component of the house might affect another. Home inspectors will go through the property and perform a comprehensive visual inspection to assess the condition of the house and all of its systems. They will try to determine the components that are not performing properly as well as items that are beyond their useful life or are unsafe. They will also try to identify areas where repairs may be needed or where there may have been problems in the past. Inspections are intended to provide the client with a better understanding of property conditions, as observed at the time of the inspection, but not to tell you whether or not to buy the property.
WHY DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
For many people, their home will be the greatest investment they ever make. The decision to purchase a home is made with many factors in mind: lifestyle, schools, proximity to work place, neighborhood, size and style of home etc. Most people are unable to determine on their own the existence of unknown problems that may exist in the home. They are often emotionally attached to the home so they may overlook certain issues. These problems can cost a significant amount of money that the buyer maybe unprepared to spend. A professional home inspector is trained to observe these potential problems and report them so the buyer can make a more educated decision in the purchase of the home. This type of inspection is your best protection against buying a home needing repairs, which you are unable to afford.
Common Inspection Concerns
Radon - Radon: The Health Hazard with a Simple Solution
Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 20,000 lives annually. Learn how you can protect your family. Test Your Home for Radon — it's easy and inexpensive. Fix your home if you have a radon level of 4 pCi/L or more.
Lead Paint -Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead also can be emitted into the air from motor vehicles and industrial sources, and lead can enter drinking water from plumbing materials. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and under are most at risk.
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