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  • What inspection services does Integrity Home Evaluation Services, LLC offer?
    Integrity Home Evaluation Services, LLC offers General Home Inspections (Buyer, Seller, and Investor) - New Construction Inspection, Light Commercial Inspection, Infrared Thermography, Radon Testing, Mold Assessment, Wood Destroying Insect Inspection, Indoor Air Quality Assessment.
  • What can I expect from a home inspection?
    A home inspection includes checking for any structural issues such as foundation cracks, roof leaks, plumbing issues, electrical wiring, heating/cooling systems, insulation, windows, doors, chimneys, etc.
  • How can I prepare for a home inspection?
    Ensure all inspection points are free from clutter, including any closets that might lead to a crawlspace or attic, and clearing some space around your home’s perimeter and check the functionality of all built-in appliances, electric, and gas.
  • Can a house fail a home inspection?
    A home doesn’t pass or fail an inspection. Instead, a home inspection is a thorough audit of your home’s components. In most cases, there will be concerns marked on your home inspection report, but these are strictly informative.
  • Can I skip the Home Inspection?
    While you can legally skip a home inspection in many cases, doing so could mean you may end up buying a home that has major issues that need to be fixed.
  • How Do Home Inspections Affect Appraisals?
    A home inspection can affect appraisals for two reasons: The inspector may find something wrong with the property that would lower the value of the home or The inspector may find things that need repair which could increase the value of the home.
  • What is a home inspection?
    A standard home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential building. Without a comprehensive home inspection, you could end up paying thousands of dollars in repairs or possibly buy a house that is unsafe.
  • Why is a home inspection so important?
    The purchase of a home is one the largest single investments you will ever make. With that in mind, it is extremely important that you learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the possible need for any major repairs before making the purchase. A home inspection helps minimize the possibility of unpleasant surprises, unexpected costs and post-purchase headaches. Throughout your inspection, your inspector will even give you maintenance tips that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the home inspection, you will have a much better understanding of the property you are about to purchase, giving you confidence and peace of mind.
  • What should I do before a home inspection?
    Do your research and make sure you hire a certified, reputable inspector. Make sure that you schedule the inspection for a time when you can walk through the home with the inspector, so that they can tell you about their findings throughout the process, and you can ask them any questions you may have.
  • What are the best questions to ask during a home inspection?
    Any question that you have! Your home inspector is there to help you make sure you’re purchasing a high-quality home that’s free of major problems.
  • What are the benefits of home inspections?
    A home inspection has a variety of great benefits. First, you’ll know exactly what you’re buying, once you do purchase a home. You also may be able to invoke your contingency clause and walk away from a home if a serious issue is found – such as a cracked foundation or extreme levels of mold. Finally, you avoid the potential expenses of buying a home that has numerous structural flaws. You’ll have peace of mind, knowing that your property is in good condition.
  • Is a home inspection just for new home buyers?
    Not at all. It’s also for existing homeowners! A home inspection may be considered in order to identify problems in the making, and to learn important preventive measures to avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, you also may wish to have a home inspection prior to placing your home on the market.
  • What's the difference between a home inspection and an appraisal?
    An inspection is a much more thorough overview of your home. Whereas an appraisal is required in order to get a mortgage, an inspection is not mandatory but it’s still a good idea to get one.
  • Why do I need a home inspection?
    If you are planning to buy or sell a home, it is recommended that you hire a certified home inspector to conduct the inspection. This is one way to learn the condition of the home and potentially gain more negotiating power during the sale/purchase of the home.
  • If the house checks out, did I really need a home inspection in the first place?
    Most certainly, yes. Now that your new home has been thoroughly inspected, you can complete your home purchase with confidence in its overall condition and its vital systems and components. You will also have become knowledgeable about your new home’s structure and systems, and can keep that information handy for future reference.
  • How much is a home inspection?
    Most home inspection prices are based off of square footage. Other factors include the size and features of the house, its age, and additional considerations such as optional testing. It’s always a good idea to compare prices from several different home inspection services in your area, paying close attention to exactly what is included for the price.
  • Do home inspectors inspect pools, fences, or other outside structures?
    Typically, basic home inspections don’t include comprehensive overviews of areas like pools, fences, and outside structures. When buying a house with a pool or other unique feature, it’s vital that each part of the purchase receive the same attention.
  • Why can't I do my own home inspection?
    When you’re purchasing a home there are many things to consider. From negotiating the price to understanding the resale value, the tasks can become overwhelming. A professional home inspection can turn up issues that otherwise would have went unseen.
  • Can a house fail a home inspection?
    Not really. A home inspection is merely a thorough examination of the home’s current condition. It is neither an appraisal (which determines market value) nor a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. It is really up to the buyer and their agent to determine if the home meets their needs and standards.
  • Do I need a home inspection for a new construction?
    Your newly built home is likely to have all of the latest energy-saving features and comforts that you could ever want. But it’s always a good idea to get a home inspection, even on a newly constructed home as there may be undisclosed issues or shoddy workmanship.
  • How long will a modern home last?
    Most modern homes built with wooden structural supports and a concrete foundation are expected to last at least 100 years, and could easily reach 200 years. Naturally, this depends on the climate, how each home is cared for during its lifetime, and how well-built the home is. Some homes will, naturally, last longer than others.
  • Do I need to be present for the home inspection?
    If you’re selling your home and having a pre-listing inspection, it’s a good idea to stick around for the inspection to give you some insight on what you should fix before listing your home. However, if the buyer hired the inspector, there’s no reason for you to be present. If you’re buying a home, it’s not required that you’re present for the home inspection but it’s a good idea to be there anyway.
  • I’m selling my home, should I get a home inspection before putting it on the market?
    The biggest benefit of a seller’s home inspection is to know all the potential issues before they are brought up in the buyer’s inspection report. This allows the seller to make sure any repairs get done ahead of time and most likely at a better price than the buyer would ask for as a concession during negotiations.
  • How long does a home inspection take?
    While there are no set standards when it comes to the length of time it takes to inspect a home, the process usually takes about two to three hours. For larger homes or homes with additional features, this process will take longer, while for small homes and condos an inspection may only take an hour or two.
  • What are the most common issues found during home inspections?
    Curious what the most common culprits are in a home inspection? Here’s a quick list: Roof and gutter issues, Faulty wiring/electrical problems, Poor grading or drainage around the home, Dampness or mold/mildew in basements, Cosmetic wear and tear Plumbing issues such as, HVAC problems, and more.
  • How can I avoid buying a money pit?
    You’re already taking the first step. Hiring a qualified home inspector is the single best way to avoid buying a “money pit”. If you really want to be sure, you may want to consider hiring an additional inspector, and investing in some more specialized services, such as sewer pipe examinations and termite inspections.
  • Do all old houses have problems?
    No. Many old houses are built to last for decades or even centuries – and a well-maintained, older home is often a great investment. However, because the building techniques and materials we’ve used for things like electricity and plumbing have changed, some older homes have issues like knob-and-tube wiring, or polybutylene piping.
  • What are the common plumbing issues in homes?
    This could include dripping faucets, sinks and drains that are clogged and do not drain properly, faulty or failing water heaters, or low water pressure. The most important thing to inspect in a home’s plumbing system is the condition of the pipes. If your pipes and other major water systems are in good shape, fixing more minor issues is usually quite simple.
  • What usually needs fixing in a fixer-upper house?
    Well, each fixer-upper home is different. Once you have a home inspected, your inspector should be able to give you a list of any major systems – such as plumbing or wiring – that need to be repaired or replaced.
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