(Average fee: $325 – $725)
Performing a home inspection was once considered only possible by combining the individual activities of many professions or skilled trades such as: a home builder, an architect, an electrician, an air conditioning contractor, a roofer, a plumber, an engineer, etc. That turned out to be too cumbersome and too expensive for a home buyer, and because the tradesmen often had another product, repair, or service to sell – it was not a neutral unbiased opinion.
“Home Inspection” is a unique discipline requiring special training, knowledge, and communication skills that differ substantially from those of other building professions. There are no college degrees offered in “Home Inspection.” Although some inspectors may try to tell you they are the only ones qualified to do a home inspection, because of their experience as engineers, architects, contractors — the simple truth is that there is no one skill, trade, or degree that automatically qualifies someone to be a home inspector. This fact has been borne out by every state that has ever instituted licensure or registration of home inspectors.
Inspecting a home is deceivingly simple: anyone can inspect a home, but not everyone has the training skills to be a “Professional Home Inspector.” “Home Inspectors” need a broad technical knowledge in home building, construction, and the mechanical trades to be able to recognize conditions that may affect the future life of a home. They must be able to analyze and evaluate what they have seen, to infer from that what they cannot see, and to communicate their findings to their clients in a readily understandable manner.
The home inspector should examine the major components and systems of a home which include among other components, the foundation, attic, exterior, structure, roof, plumbing, interiors, central heating, electrical, central cooling, insulation and ventilation, and garage. The home inspector should then describe their condition and any significant or safety concerns to the client in a way that is easily understandable by the average lay person.
When planning to buy a home, it is important to understand that no house is perfect, not even a brand new one. Guardian Residential Services has inspected thousands of homes and has yet to see one in flawless condition. That does not mean you won’t find your dream house, only that when you do find it, there will probably be some imperfections. Problems can be the result of deficiencies in the original construction, amateurish home repair work, normal deterioration due to aging or weathering, or there can be safety and fire hazards. Very often the problems are quite minor and can be corrected at little or no cost, or sometimes they are just an ongoing maintenance issue. Sometimes, however, there are major problems that are very costly to correct.
It is very important to know the true condition of the house, so you can determine its true value to you. The home inspector will not make the buying decision for you, but the inspection can provide you with the information needed to make the decision wisely. You will want to know: How many problems? How serious are the problems? What will it cost to correct them? and do I absolutely need to correct the problems or can I live with them?
Don’t walk away from a house just because there are major problems. You still may be getting a good buy, because every house has it’s true market value. The “real cost” of buying a house is its purchase price plus the costs involved in upgrading deteriorated, substandard, broken, malfunctioning, or worn out components or systems.
Contact Guardian Residential Services for more information on your whole house inspection today! Give us a call at 912.223.3012.