The Benefits Of A Home Inspection

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Why Do You Need A Home Inspection?

While the house may look great to the potential buyer, there are often hidden problems that even the seller may not know about, let alone be able to reveal.  Considering the long-term investment a home buyer is making, having a home inspection before purchasing is reassurance that you are not going to have unexpected additional costs after moving.   If you find an inspector that will provide an absolutely thorough inspection, you will receive a report on the condition of hard-to-see areas, such as the roof covering, attic, plumbing, heating and cooling, fireplace and chimney, the basement/crawlspace/foundation, and electrical in addition to the interior and exterior of the home.  A section-by-section systematic inspection and reporting process is designed to insure that nothing is overlooked.  Attention to detail will not only reveal any major problems, but will also identify minor concerns so you can make improvements as needed.

Consider the benefits of a home inspection performed by a thorough inspector.  For the home buyer:

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Questions To Ask When Choosing A Home Inspector

U.S. News posted an excellent article titled 7 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Home Inspector.  I encourage you to read it.  It covers the importance of these 7 questions:

  1. Are you a member of a professional inspection organization?
  2. What’s your background?
  3. How much experience do you have?
  4. How long will the inspection take?
  5. What will you inspect?
  6. Can I attend the inspection?
  7. What kind of inspection report do you offer.
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Here’s what Home Review Inspection Services‘ (HRIS) short answers would be to these questions.

  1. HRIS is a certified member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the largest supplier of education and training to the home inspection industry.
  2. Unlike many of its competitors, HRIS has over 30-years experience in construction; remodeling; home inspections; and building maintenance, including HVAC, residential wiring, plumbing, foundation repair, and roofing.
  3. HRIS conducts residential and commercial inspections in accordance with nationally recognized Standards of Practice.
  4. HRIS inspections average 3 to 4 hours as very thorough inspections are completed.
  5. HRIS section-by-section systematic home inspection and reporting process is designed to insure that nothing is overlooked.  Click here for a more detailed list as to what is included in an HRIS inspection.
  6. Absolutely, you can attend the inspection!  HRIS not only welcomes you to attend the inspection, but encourages your attendance.  By doing so, you will obtain specific information concerning the various systems and structural components of the home and you will receive answers to any questions you may have.  You will also become familiar with your new home by locating shut off valves, pump switches, heating and cooling filters, and breaker panels.
  7.  HRIS provides you a detailed, yet easy-to-read, report that will identify any material defects found in your home that are in need of repair.  In most cases, the report is received within 24 hours following the inspection.

In addition, I cannot stress enough the importance of hiring an inspector who understands the science in the building of a home.  Everything isn’t visible.  As mentioned in the article, you should look for an inspector who knows what’s inside the walls of a home and understands the basics of local building codes and requirements.

Home Inspector Serving Sedgwick and Harvey County, Kansas, and Surrounding Areas Since 2002

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Home Review Inspection Services provides professional residential and commercial inspections in Sedgwick and Harvey County Kansas – including Wichita, Newton, Hutchinson, McPherson, and Salina.

We provide friendly and thorough home inspections for home buyers, detailed pre-inspections for home sellers, and maintenance inspections for landlords.   We provide quick turnaround on our written reports.  In most cases we have your report ready for you by the next business day.  When choosing HRIS for your inspection:

You will be encouraged to be present during the inspection to receive first-hand knowledge concerning the various systems and structural components of the home and to ask, and have answered, any questions you may have.

You will receive a detailed, yet easy-to-read, report that will identify any material defects found in your home which are in need of repair, as well as important maintenance recommendations and recommended upgrades to take advantage of current safety features.

Your report will include color digital photos of hard-to-reach places such as the roof, attic, and crawlspace so you are able to see what the inspector sees.

And you can schedule your inspection for a time that fits your schedule as we are available evenings and Saturdays.

CALL NOW . . . (316) 772-1480.

One of the best investments you can make in your new home!