West Virginia & Ohio Home Inspections
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We are providing home inspection service in West Virginia & Ohio from Mid Ohio Valley and surounding areas. Visit us on the web. wvinspector.com
You may be thinking to yourself, “How can a certified home inspection help me?”
The answer is simple: a certified home inspector performs a very important and valuable service for his client’s. He inspects existing homes using professional State and even Nationally mandated standards as a measure to accurately report the condition of the home to those involved in the real estate transaction process. A home inspector is not going to evaluation the home for cost or value. He does however, report objectively, in writing, the condition of all resident home systems as they appear and operate at the time of the inspection. The time to find the problems with your home or potential real-estate purchase is before the transaction takes place. We offer both buyer and seller inspections for our client’s.
The Buyers Inspection: A buyers home inspections is very common in the real-estate market today and most mortgage lenders will even require that a certified home inspection be performed as part of the process. Banks are just as concerned about their investments as you are about yours. A major repair, upgrade or structural problem could cost thousands of dollars to fix that you were not expecting to spend. A real-estate offer on your dream home should include an inspection contingency and having your purchase evaluated by a certified and licensed home inspector. Having this done before you close the deal can save you from potential home owner nightmares in the future. As inspectors we follow strictly mandated state regulations involved in the home inspection process.
Due to the amount of systems covered and individual system complexity’s, a typical home inspection can take up to 3 hours to complete. The size of the home being inspected is also a factor in how long an inspection will take. The client’s inspection report will be provided as a digital copy by email or download. A paper printed copy of the report is also available. The report will include information on the covered systems along with several color photos and description’s of any areas of concern. We will also personally go over the report with you and answer any questions or concerns that you may have about the report. Access or copy’s of the report are provided to the client requesting the report only & will not be shared with any realtors or home owners without a signed release with permission from the client to do so. The only exception to this rule would be in the case of an immediate safety hazard discovered during the inspection. In this case the home owners, home occupants, and the homeowners agent will be notified of the hazards discovered.
An Inspection Contingency gives you the right to have a home inspector come and examine the property before you close on the purchase. Again the purpose of this contingency is to protect you from buying a home that may have serious hidden structural problems or material defects. When you add an inspection contingency to the purchase contract, you’ll want to make sure it covers both the home and the property on which it sits. You might also want to have a separate contingency for each of the following:Radon Asbestos Lead Toxic Substances Water Pests, including termites, mice, rats and roaches.
Generally the inspection Contingency will require you to have your inspection completed within five to ten days after the offer is accepted by the seller. Otherwise, you may lose the right to withdraw from the contract. Our job is to provide our client’s with accurate, objective, information about the conditions of the major component’s of the potential purchase visible on the day of the inspection. We do not make comments on items that would normally be considered cosmetic in nature or a poor choice of wall coverings and paint colors. Our inspections are for the purpose of mechanical operation and functionality of the systems included. Another limitation to the service is to the life expectancy of individual systems or components.
The following is a list of some systems included in a typical residential home inspection service:
Follow the links to read more information about each system from the list.
Structural Components (foundations, floors and walls), Exterior Components (siding paint, windows, decks, garage doors, etc. Roofing (coverings, flashings, chimneys, etc.), Plumbing (piping, fixtures, faucets, water heating and fuel storage systems, etc.),. Electrical (wiring, main service panels, conductors, switches, receptacles, etc.), Heating (equipment, safety controls, distribution systems, chimneys, etc.), Air Conditioning cooling systems Heat Pumps (cooling and air-handling equipment, controls and ducting, etc.), Insulation and Ventilation (attics, walls, floors, foundations, kitchen and bathrooms, etc. Interior (partitions, ceilings, floors, railings, doors and windows, etc.),
Sellers Inspection: If you are considering selling your home you should also consider the advantages of have a pre-listing inspection done on your home. The advantage of this type of inspection are similar to the buyers inspection with the exception of receiving the important information on the condition of your home first, Potential home buyers are eventually going to inspect your home before agreeing to buy it. Having a pre-sale inspection done on your property can give you an insight on what repairs if any you should consider before choosing a price and listing your home for sale. This will give you the competitive edge on the market and help prevent undesired surprises during the closing process. One way or another a detailed inspection will more than likely be involved in the real-estate transaction of your home.
Our Training & Qualifications:
Our competent and professional home inspectors are state certified & have also passed the National Home Inspection Exam. The Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI) holds that home inspector regulation intended to protect the public must require passage of a high-stakes examination to accurately and defensibly assess home inspector competence. The National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE) is developed, maintained and administered according to accepted psychometric standards for a high-stakes, public protection examination, including those recommended by the Council on Licensing, Enforcement And Regulation (CLEAR), The American Education Research Association (AERA), The National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA), and others. We are fully trained in the proper operation of virtually all commonly found home systems. We also have 15 years of residential construction and remodeling experience in the area. For more information on what is required of home inspectors in West Virginia follow this link to the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s web page. http://www.firemarshal.wv.gov/Documents/87-05.pdf
If you are looking to purchase or sell a home you should consider having a home inspector ready to evaluate your investment. Contact us today we want to help you.