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What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a technical analysis of the major components of a house including:

  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Exterior
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Structure
  • Electrical
  • Interior
  • Insulation

A properly written report will identify the condition, corrective action (provide, repair, monitor), where to find it in the home and the time frame in which the action should take place. Some inspectors will also estimate costs for repair.
 

Why have a home inspection performed?
As a home buyer about to make one of the largest financial decisions of their life you don't want to have to worry about the unknowns.  A home inspection will tell you the true condition of the house.

Some of the items covered during an inspection are:

  • What (if any) structural work is necessary to ensure safety?
  • How long before the roof will need replacement?
  • Is the chimney safe and functional?
  • Is the fireplace safe?
  • How long before the furnace/air conditioning will need replacement?
  • Is the electrical panel properly wired? - any special safety concerns?
  • Are the insulation levels adequate?
  • Basement leakage - causes and cures
     

How long does it take?
A typical inspection should take 2 1/2 to 3 hours to complete, start to finish. This can vary given the current condition of the home, size, accessibility of mechanical systems etc.
 

Do I need to be present at the time of the inspection?
Yes, it is to the home seller's benefit to be present at the time of the inspection. Our job is not just to inspect the property, but also to educate the potential seller on the condition of the property, and this can be better achieved if you are present at the time of the inspection.

Can I follow the inspector and ask questions as we go?
Yes, it is important for you to understand how the house works from a technical standpoint. By attending the inspection, you are able to see the conditions that will be described in the report. It also allows the inspector to show you what to do in case of emergency regarding the electrical, plumbing and furnace. This is the time you will get answers to any concerns about the property.

Questions are encouraged and we will explain things so that you can be more comfortable with your decision.  You will get tips on how to perform basic maintenance on the furnace, humidifier, water heater, etc.

How do I determine the condition of the home?
During the course of the inspection, the inspector will explain the condition of the property. The inspector will also provide you with the a report so you can make an informed decision when selling the property.


What do I get in writing?
A complimentary "Home Reference Manual" is included with every Avenue Home Inspection.  This manual is the most complete and detailed guide available, consisting of 400 pages and 160 illustrations, describing every system of the house, its life expectancy, and approximate replacement cost.  Also included are specific report forms (9 in total) that cover every aspect of your home inspection.
 

 

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