A home inspection is a professional, objective, and visual examination of the condition of a home at that moment in time. Home buyers now entering the marketplace view inspections as a way to gain valuable information about the potentially largest purchase in their lifetime. It helps them determine whether there are any major defects or system inadequacies at the time of purchase.
In most cases, the home inspection process is performed after a sales contract, conditional upon a satisfactory home inspection, has been accepted by the seller. For RHI, the inspection can usually be scheduled immediately to within a few days. The home buyer is encouraged to attend the inspection, so that he/she can see first-hand the workings of the home. We typically recommend allowing the home inspector time to inspect and ask the home buyer to attend the last portion of the inspection. This creates an excellent opportunity for the prospective buyer to ask questions about the home or to discuss potential changes.
RHI’s mission is education, for us and for our clients. Therefore, our inspector’s service to the purchaser is sharing knowledge. The goal of your inspector is to provide you with a better understanding of the physical condition of the home. This allows you the best opportunity to make a well-informed decision. It is also your inspector’s role to keep findings in perspective for you as this time can be stressful and/or emotional.
Our complete home inspection should cover all the major systems of a house, including all accessible structures, exterior, roofing, electrical, heating, cooling, insulation, plumbing and interior. As a minimum, an inspection should meet the International Code of Ethics for Home Inspectors (InterNACHI/ASHI) guidelines.
Our professionally licensed inspections should also highlight the positive aspects of the home. In fact, many of our home inspector’s observations or recommendations help to dispel home purchaser anxieties and provide useful repair suggestions. We are here to aid in a smooth real estate transaction for all involved.
After the inspection is completed, your inspector will send a detail oriented and user-friendly electronic report documenting the findings of the inspection. Remember, our inspectors are available to answer questions onsite during the home inspection process. We are also always just a phone call away if you have questions before or after your inspection. A great inspection company should make your home buying experience enjoyable from scheduling an inspection all the way to reporting the findings of your potential new home.