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What types of inspections does HomeTek provide?
Home (residential) as well as commercial properties.
What exactly is a home inspection?
A visual inspection of the structure and all systems of a home, from top to bottom.
Why do I need a home inspection?
For peace of mind before buying a home or commercial property. It’s best to know exactly what you’re buying and HomeTek can make that decision more informative for you.
What does your inspection include?
A full in-depth report of the property condition. The HomeTek home report reviews the condition of the home’s systems including the heating system, central air, interior plumbing and electrical, roof, attic, and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, doors and windows, foundation, basement, and visible structure. Our report will point out all aspects of the property including positive and things needing attention.
Can I do it myself?
Many homeowners, even experienced ones, may not be able to truly inspect many of the areas of the property like a professional can. Our team has done many inspections and caught things that the homeowner wasn’t aware of. That’s where hiring a true professional really shines.
What will it cost?
The HomeTek inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, its age, and possible additional services, such as septic, well, or radon testing. It is a good idea to check local prices on your own.
However, do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection, or in the selection of your home inspector.
The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost,
and the lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. The inspector’s qualifications, including his experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration.
Can a house fail inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance.
A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or
When do I call in the home inspector?
A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days.
However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Do I have to be there?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly, as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it.
You will also find the written report easier to understand if you’ve seen the property first-hand through the inspector’s eyes.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it
doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect.
A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are found. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be
extremely important to you.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with your eyes open as to the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems.
You will also have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will want to keep that information for future reference.