Home inspections are important for home buyers and sellers, as well as home owners. Although they may be most crucial for home buyers, even those who have owned homes for many years may need to have a home inspection done every once in a while to ensure that everything is fine. Home inspections are important and should never be overlooked, even with new construction properties.
There are different types of home inspections. The type of inspection you need to do will depend on several issues but the most important thing is to ensure that the inspection is done by a qualified professional. Some of the common home inspections done within the Puget Sound area include:
This type of inspection is done during the sale of a property. For the buyer, the inspection is done in order to detect any potential problems that may be present prior to buying the home. For the seller, it’s an excellent tool to determine what issues may need to be rectified prior to placing the home on the market to help assure a smooth transaction. it gives both the buyer and the seller a solid perspective of the condition of the home and what potential issues may be present.
Home Warranty Inspections
This type of inspection is usually done for newly built homes whose home warranty is about to expire. It is important because it allows the new home owner to identify any problems with the house before the end of the warranty so that the builder can make repairs at his expense.
Home Preservation Inspections
We recommend that existing home owners do this type of inspection every 2-5 years. As a home owner you would want this so that you can find out what areas of your home are in need of maintenance. This inspection looks at the major components of the homes roof, foundation, electrical, heating, plumbing, attic, basement or crawl space, siding and windows. It is an inspection that helps the home owner keep their home in a healthy condition. This type of inspection is also done particularly to vacant houses that have undergone a foreclosure in order to identify any problems with the home that may need repairs so as to retain the value of the property during the period that they remain vacant.
Thermal imaging relies heavily on infrared technology. After completing the necessary arrangements, a home inspector will be dispatched to the property you intend to purchase with moisture detection equipment. Using an infrared imaging device, they are able to pinpoint areas on the floor and walls where moisture leaks through. Along with moisture issues it also reveals hot/cold spots around windows and doors, overheating wiring and breakers. It will also detect poorly insulated areas of the home and pest infestations inside the walls of the home.
Water (well) Testing
This is sometimes overlooked but it is important that we test for coliform bacteria, arsenic & nitrates for private wells. These bacteria, if found, can be fatal and for this reason water well testing is an important type of home inspection especially in the Puget Sound region.
We also provide Multiple Unit Inspections, Condominiums, Town homes, and Commercial Building Inspections. If you have any questions on what type of inspection you need contact us today!