Access Building Inspection
Inspect Once, Inspect Right
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A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from roof to foundation. A home inspection report or home inspection service is the equivalent of a physical examination from your doctor. When problems or symptoms of problems are found, the inspector may suggest repair options or recommend further evaluation, making the home inspection cost justified.
The purchase of a home or commercial building is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect --- both indoors and out -- in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Stains on the ceiling may indicate a chronic roof leakage problem or may be simply the result of a single incident. The inspector interprets these and other clues, then presents a professional opinion as to the condition of the property so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterward. Of course, an inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a building, as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and be able to make your decision confidently.

As a Seller, if you have owned your building for a period of time, an inspection can identify potential problems in the sale of your building and can recommend preventive measures which might avoid future expensive repairs.

■Find an individual who only does inspections so you will get an unbiased opinion ■An inspector who has experience in building ■One who's willing to take the time to answer all your questions during the inspection ■One who gives you a detailed report (not a checklist, with only few pages) with useful information and color photos ■An inspector who is a professional member of an inspection association like  NACHI or a similar related group. This insures you have an individual who has taken the time to be involved in the industry on a professional level with continuing education and has met the qualification standards of the group. ■Avoid price shopping. Home inspection fees vary widely. A home is the most expensive commodity you are likely to purchase and or sell in a lifetime. One defect missed by your inspector could cost 100 times what you save with a bargain inspection. The best method of price shopping is to shop for quality. Considering the high cost of real estate today, an inspection fee is a small price to pay. It can save thousands of dollars and years of regret.
Do not let the cost deter you from having a home inspection or selecting an inspector you are comfortable with – knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the time and expense. The lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. The inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration in your selection. If problems are found you may be able to have the seller complete the repairs before settlement saving you money. These repairs typically cost more than the home inspection fee making the inspection pay for itself.
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. A professional home inspector has the experience, depth of knowledge and training to make an unbiased and informed report of the condition of a property. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation and maintenance. An inspector understands how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail and knows what to look for and is uniquely suited to interpret what their findings reveal about the condition of the property. Most buyers find it difficult to remain objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information about the condition of a home, always obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.
A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies compliance to local codes and standards. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. A home inspection describes the physical condition of a property and indicates what may need repair or replacement.
Before you sign the contract or purchase agreement, make your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated. Contact a home inspector immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Home inspectors are aware of the time constraints involved in purchase agreements and most are available to conduct the required inspection within a few days.
While it is not necessary for you to be present, it is always recommended that you make time to join the inspector for their visit. This allows you to observe the inspector, ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain them. After you have seen the property with the inspector, you will find the written report easier to understand.
Typically a home inspection takes between 2 1/2 to 3 hours, this may vary depending on the size of the home and other factors such as; additional heating/cooling equipment, a pool/spa, the condition of the property, etc. For Inspect Access Building Inspection process doesn't end there! Our inspectors go back to the office and spend another 3-4 hours on inputting your report into our Inspection Report system. We then provide you with a detailed narrative with color photos, computer generated report
No house is perfect. When the inspector identifies problems, it does not indicate you should not buy the house. His findings serve to educate you in advance of the purchase about the condition of the property. A seller may make necessary repairs or may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are discovered during an inspection. If your budget is tight, or if you do not want to be involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely valuable.
We work for you, not the seller or agents. A home inspection provides an impartial, in-depth, evaluation of the physical condition of the property. The inspector also identifies items that need replacement or repair, and the life expectancy of the equipment and components in the house. For example, the report could tell you the roof currently looks OK and should last another 3-5 years but it has three layers of shingles. So, the next time the roof is re-shingled, the expense will be significantly more than replacing a typical roof due to the additional labor required to remove all previous layers of shingle. Thus, a well-done inspection will aid the buyer in planning and budgeting for future home repairs.