Why You Need a Home Inspection
A Mitchco Home Inspection consists of a thorough evaluation of the readily accessible major elements of a home with a written inspection report documenting findings. Our standard inspection covers key important areas, including all functioning or visible major elements and systems plus associated components. It is conducted following recognized home inspection industry standards (ASHI – American Society of Home Inspectors).
The duration of the inspection typically range from 2 to 3 hours for the average size and typical style house. Before we begin the inspection we will go through what to expect while we are at the home inspecting. During any part of our relationship, you are always free to ask questions. We are here to help you understand your investment.
Here is a little more information about what we will cover during the inspection:
The roof inspection will include the roof covering and visible flashing, as well as any skylights, chimneys, gutters, and downspouts, to determine condition.
All readily accessible siding or wall-cladding systems, windows, doors, porches, decks, and stairways will be inspected for condition.
Foundation and Substructure
Accessible load-bearing members and other major structural components found in basements and crawlspaces will be inspected - including the visible foundation, floor slabs, and floor framing – to determine their condition.
The inspection of the interior will include an assessment of the condition of accessible attic areas, stairways, and all visible walls, ceilings, and floors throughout the house.
Central Heating System
The home's heating system(s), including the heating unit and associated fuel-supply and venting components, as well as visible portions of the distribution system, will be inspected to determine condition and operability.
Central Cooling System
The home's central air conditioning system(s), including visible components of the distribution system and built-in wall units, will be inspected to determine condition and function.
All visible components of the water supply, distribution, and waste lines will be inspected for condition and functional flow. The hot-water heating equipment, venting, and fuel-supply systems will also be inspected.
The accessible components of the electrical system, including the service panels and exposed wiring, will be inspected. A representative number of fixtures, switches, and receptacles will also be inspected for function.
Built-In Kitchen Appliances
Major built-in kitchen appliances (including ovens, ranges, cook-tops, and dishwashers) will be inspected for condition and operation.
Within 24 hours of the inspection, you will be provided an on-line report documenting the findings of the major elements and systems of the home. You can be confident that it is a truly objective look at the home by an ASHI inspector.
A pre-inspection simply means you have your home inspected before you are ready to list your home or before you receive an offer from a buyer. The advantage to this approach is that if your home does have some challenges you can fix them before you receive an offer. Also, by having a pre-inspection you may be able to outflank your competition by advertising the fact that your home has a "clean" bill of health which will potentially help you sell faster and for more money.
Additional Inspections (including Radon Testing)
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