A professional home inspector is not only familiar with all the components of a home, but is able to evaluate the condition of the home and all of its systems. Professional Home Inspectors in Kaseberg-Kingswood Roseville, CA will point out the components that are not working properly as well as those that are unsafe. They will address areas where repairs may be needed or where problems may arise in the future.
How to Choose the Best Home Inspector in Kaseberg-Kingswood Roseville, CA?
The purchase of a house is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. So, it only makes sense that you should know exactly what to expect, both indoors and out, in terms of repairs, maintenance and the associated costs that come with a new–or old–home. One of the best ways to understand a home’s condition is to hire a professional home inspector.
It is easy to get a List of Roseville Home Inspectors by searching online. A simple search with the keyword, “Home Inspectors in Kaseberg-Kingswood Roseville, CA” will produce multiple results giving you a list of Home Inspection companies, Realtors, and Real Estate Agents.
A professional home inspector is also able to make an unbiased and accurate report of the property’s true condition as an expert in home inspection. This knowledge will make it much easier to assess an accurate value of home property.
Even the most knowledgeable homeowner lacks the training and depth of knowledge that only a professional Roseville home inspector provides. That is why it is so important to hire an experienced home inspector to perform the inspection on a home’s property. When selecting a home inspector, be sure to choose one that will give you the quality of service you deserve and that you feel comfortable with. Consider the following questions when selecting a professional home inspector:
What are the home inspector’s qualifications?
Home inspection is a trade that requires special training, knowledge, and skills. The more experienced a true professional home inspector is, the more likely they will be able to uncover any problems. Look for professional home inspectors that have sufficient practical experience, a general understanding of all components in a home, and a background in related trades. Reputable home inspectors are also more likely to be certified with a well-known association, such as ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) that requires them to adhere to a strict code of ethics and specific standards of practice. Always ask about their membership in various associations. You also have the right to see proof of their membership.
Can the home inspector provide quality references?
A highly regarded professional home inspector should be able to provide you with references upon your request. Be sure to take the next step and contact the people named as references Ask them if they were satisfied with the inspector’s complete service and their overall experience with them.
Will the home inspector allow you to participate?
A professional home inspector in Kaseberg-Kingswood Roseville, CA should feel comfortable allowing you to participate throughout the inspection. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and ask questions along the way. A home inspectors purpose is to educate you on your home and all of it’s components–learn all you can. A good suggestion is to do a little research on your home beforehand and come prepared with a list of questions for the inspector.
What is the scope of inspection?
A standard home inspection report summarizes findings from a visual inspection of the home’s interior and exterior components. Exteriors components include roofing, flashing, chimneys, gutters, downspouts, wall surfaces and the foundation, including the grading around it. Interior components include electrical, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing, insulation, flooring, ceiling and wall finishes, windows and doors, basements, and any visible structures of the home. Upon completion of the inspection, the certified home inspector should provide a clear, easy to read report detailing every major home system and component within 24 hours. A good home inspector in Kaseberg-Kingswood Roseville, CA will also provide you with pictures of various elements to help you see and understand the true condition.
What Do Home Inspectors Do?
Some thoughts on how to choose a Home Inspector
I will attempt to break down this question as we are seeing some really strange trends in our current economy and housing Market.
As I've been a Home Inspector in Lancaster CA for many years I'm often asked the same question over and over again. Clients, friends and many other "folks" want to know what separates one Home Inspector from the next. I will begin with a variation of a checklist that can be found at my website linked in this article.
When choosing someone to inspect your Real Estate Purchase it's important to remember a few things:
I recommend Making a "Checklist" and calling a few Home Inspectors in your area - try not to book the first one you call! You'll notice in a series of recommendations I have YOU ASK... I didn't mention PRICE until the end.
By the way, if our "candidate" is in the middle of an inspection and needs to call back, that's fine! Don't get into a hurry!
Experience - Ask the Home Inspector "What type of experience do you have. How long have you been in business? What type of Industry related experience do you have besides being an inspector?"
We're trying to get an idea as to how long our "candidate" has been around and what his or her background may be. I'm sorry to say but we don't want newbies inspecting our expensive purchases. I also don't want someone who... no offense here, was working at a Retail Store this or last year and is now responsible for helping me decide on the most expensive purchase that most of us will ever make.
Are you a member of a Professional Organization and are you "Certified"? The answer here should be YES.
This topic has some debate as to which certifying body is "better", I could care less. It's like saying your Real Estate Agent is better because they are from one large firm and not the other. The idea here is that an inspector has made a commitment to be a professional. If they are not a member of Nachi, ASHI or NAHI to name a few... I'd want to know why!
Do you carry Insurance? The only answer here is YES.
If you are a buyer or a Real Estate agent, recognize the fact that most professional and full time inspectors carry insurance. If you as an Agent are "shopping" for your client, be careful if your inspector doesn't have insurance, you may be liable as the "referring party".
Are you INDEPENDENT? The answer here should be again, YES
Sorry if this sounds bad, but most Good inspectors I know are independent inspectors... Distant from any binding agreements with "outside" parties limiting their scope and ability to "talk freely" about their thoughts and findings.
Are you LICENSED? The answer here will vary, check with your local areas or state's website.
Many states (no Licenses are required in California by the way) have License Requirements for Home Inspectors that require State Licenses. Inquire with your State's Website before you call an inspector. As a Home Inspector in Lancaster CA we have very few requirements here, but this will vary from state to state and area to area.
Who will perform my Inspection? Preferably, the answer for this one is "Me"
Here is another one that I get some "flack" for. In a perfect world, the person answering the phone will be the person inspecting your Real Estate purchase. A couple of reasons for this include: A Real Estate Inspection can be a liability if performed poorly and should be done so by the person who would be responsible! Let's think about this for a minute... If I have someone that works for me... would they be more likely to mention an "obscure or minor" item knowing that "it's no big deal and shoot, I'm not responsible anyway" or as ME the owner.. knowing that liability AND reputation are on the line? Easy one I think!
What type of Inspection Report will I receive?
While the best report will come from the best inspector, I've decided that the Checklist paper type are too antiquated and are nearly obsolete. They are easier for me, the Home Inspector to use, but are easily less informative than the computerized reports that I now use. It's the 21st century, request a computerized report with pictures for goodness sake! The inspector generally has the ability to store relevant information and common situations that are relevant to your local area and the paper type are generally not. I could be wrong on a small scale, but not by much!
Can I attend the Inspection?
The answer here is a very important one....your inspector should actually "encourage" you to be there. If they didn't I consider it a red flag, unless you indicated prior to asking this question that you couldn't be there! The reason I say it's a red flag is because of this, a shy or reserved type of person may be a great inspector, but is likely to find it difficult to be comfortable explaining items and "being under the gun". Does that make sense? It should! So this is actually a good time to tell if your inspector is a "Chatty Kathy" or "Mr. No personality". There is a really bad inspector in my area that people really like and he does well, simply because he is so friendly and well spoken. His or her clients should be reading these questions before calling him though:-)
How long will it take to get my Inspection Report? The answer should be either: Soon or Very soon!
Meaning this, inspectors that takes several days, especially during the workweek to deliver reports creates a lot of problems. This is because: Most inspectors I know have very good memories, but good enough to have 4-6 reports backed up and waiting to be written? No, of course not. Myself, I have most of my report done when I'm leaving the inspection, thanks to the advent of a portable tablet style laptop ( a necessity in my book) I could probably go "out to the truck" and send it out. I don't though. I insert my photos and proof read my work and send it out later that day or by the next morning or so. We all have ways that work for us, I just don't see how many inspectors can write accurate reports several days after leaving the job site.
Can I call you if I have any questions after the inspection or after I receive my report?
Most inspectors are going to say YES! Try to remember in this "interview" with your potential home inspector whether you got a feel that this person is a sociable one or just in a hurry to get off the phone. As mentioned, if he or she is in the field and offers to call back, don't hold it against them. See if they do and think of it as an opportunity to see if they do as they say! After all it's easier to answer a phone that to make time to call people back. The last question should be "How Much". Not to say that this isn't important to you, it just should carry a smaller "weight" if you will. I think that people put way too much emphasis on the cost of a Home Inspection rather than looking at some facets that I have made available for you here!
I will be writing another article on a topic " I'm buying a Home As-Is, should I get it Inspected?" Yes you should, I'll write more about it soon.
What Do Home Inspectors Look For In A House?
Home inspections are the key action a buyer can and should take when buying a new home. Failing to spend $3-400 to get a professional home inspection is like buying a used car without going for a drive and getting it checked out by your mechanic. You would never do that. The small cost of a home inspection to find out what you are really buying is the best money you will spend prior to the close of escrow. (If this is your first home, please read 10 Worst First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes.)
As a professional home inspector I have uncovered some horrors like sinking foundation, major water leaks, major mould conditions, failing roofs and leaning walls. To rely on the sellers disclosure is not very smart. Most sellers are very honest and will disclose all they know about the house but few of them are in the construction trade or have any knowledge at all about how things should be or not be. They may not even be aware of a major problem in the house as "it has always been that way" and it has never concerned them.
Imagine taking possession of the house and finding out the floor is sagging in one room due to a failing foundation or incorrect construction of the building. Would it not be worth paying $400 to save you that heartache? I think so.
Other advantages of the inspection are that it provides you with a bargaining tool in the negotiations on the price. You can ask the seller to fix certain things or give you a credit so you can take care of it yourself. Maybe the seller wont play ball but at least you know where you stand on the condition of the property.
Home inspectors vary in their knowledge and skill. This is one profession where you will definitely get what you pay for. Shopping around and taking the cheapest price is false economy. It is like asking your curbside mechanic brother to check out the new car you are going to buy. He may do a good job but he will not do as well as a trained professional mechanic. He will miss things, not out of anything malicious intent, just lack of knowledge. Same with a home inspector.
A good home inspection will take a couple of hours at least depending on the size of the house and its condition. After this inspection the inspector should take you for a walk through the house and show you all the things he found and answer all your questions. This is very important. The buyer is the one paying the inspector and as such the inspector needs to service the buyer and give them all the information they can. Showing the buyer the problems is way better than just having them read the report. When they see the problem in the physical universe they get to understand and ask questions. This should be the inspectors goal.
A good home inspector will have a computerized report with many photos of the problem areas and the positive ones as well. My reports typically run 25 - 30 pages long with a cover sheet and I email them out the same day. My reports also color code the problems. Red is Safety concerns, Green is Recommended upgrades, Purple is Further evaluation, Blue is Corrections recommended. All these different colors making it easy to scan the report for items of interest.
A good inspector will even tell the buyer about routine maintaince issues on the walk through. There is a lot the inspector can teach a home owner about the biggest purchase of their life so it is money very well spent.
No inspector is infallible and there are times some small thing will get missed. The inspection is a visual one only. It is looking for clues as to what is wrong, not the full cause of it. For example an uneven floor may be noted but the inspector may not be able to get under the house to find out what is wrong. He will recommend further evaluation by a profession in the appropriate trade.
This situation is also most likely to occur in a house that is still lived in when the cupboards are still full, floors are covered with furniture and the garage packed etc. Inspectors will not move the seller's property due to the liability issue. In the case of something getting missed or coming evident once the seller has moved out a professional inspector will come back free (or for a small charge if it is an area that was obscured) and re-inspect the omission. This will be a very rare situation but it does happen.
Another example may be a roof that leaks when it rains but was not obvious during the inspection. This can be problematic in low rainfall areas like southern California.
I recently came across one where the under counter cabinets in a kitchen were packed full and it was not possible to full inspect the area. Once it was emptied out there was a major mould situation from an old water leak. Where something like this is suspected ask the inspector if he will come back and re-inspect prior to the close of escrow. You may get charge an additional $75 or similar but it may well be worth it. I have seen homeowners deliberately hide defects too but this is rare.
A complete inspection should go from the dirt to the roof including under the house and the attic and include the following areas. Roofs are not always walked on due to hight or the type of roof covering. Clay tiles will break if walked on. In such a case the inspector will check from a window if possible or even binoculars if that will work.
Exterior · Exterior walls & fences · Foundation and basements · Grading and landscaping · Garage or carport - · Roof
Interior · Plumbing · Electrical · Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) - · Water heater · Kitchen appliances (fixed ones only) · Laundry room - · Fire safety - · Bathrooms -
Home inspectors are generalists. They will note that the plumbing might have a problem, and will recommend that you hire a professional plumber to verify the problem. Termite damage, site contamination, mold, engineering problems and other specialized issues are not part of a home inspection (Learn how to find qualified experts in The Better Business Bureau's Tool Belt For Saving Cash.)
After the Inspection there are several options for you to pursue. a. You can walk away if the problem is more than you want to handle. b. You can ask the seller to fix the problems or give you a credit to do it yourself. c. If you have the knowledge and experience you can just take it as is and either fix it yourself or get it done professionally.
You can go to this site and read Do-It-Yourself Projects To Boost Home Value.)
You will have to come up with a few hundred dollars for the inspection but it will be well worth it and you will be glad to spend it if the inspector finds something that will kill the deal or cost more than you bargained for. Your home inspector is your friend. Treat him as such.