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Getting a home inspection can be one of the most anxious steps on the
path to owning a home.
If you've never had a home inspection, then you simply don't know 
what to expect, and this can be intimidating. You don't know what the
home inspector will find, whether it will "break" your real estate deal,
or even what sort of things the inspector will be looking for. 

This resource is designed for people just like you - those who don't
quite understand the home inspection process or what it may bring.
And don't worry; you're not alone. I find that a large percentage of
inspection clients are first time home buyers who have never dealt
with a home inspection before. 

With knowledge comes confidence, and our intent is to supply you with
the knowledge to go into your inspection as an informed, confident 
home buyer.
We'll get you up to speed on home inspection terminology, how to find 
and "vet" a qualified home inspector, and how to make sense of your
home inspection report once the inspection is finished.
 If you've never had a home inspection before, learning
what will be inspected is a good place to start the learning process.
From there, take your time - learn at your own pace so that you fully
understand the home inspection process before you plunk down your
money for a home inspector. 

Why Get a Home Inspection?

As you certainly know, a professional home inspection is a critical part of
 the home buying process. A home inspector is trained to identify defects
and deficiencies in the home, as well as safety hazards that could put you
and your loved ones at risk.

The simple truth is, people who are shopping for a home tend to look past
some very serious problems with a home. And it's easy to do (I'm guilty
of this myself while home shopping). You may be smitten with a very
attractive room or layout in the home, and in your fog of admiration, you
may fail to notice that stain on the ceiling which could indicate a roof leak...
and subsequently, a huge repair bill.

Another example: that white chalky residue on the basement floor and walls
may look like a little discoloration of the concrete to you, but to a trained
home inspector, it could indicate a major problem with water intrusion in the
basement. In this example, the home inspector's training and knowledge
could save you thousands of dollars if the basement floods. Replacing a
drowned furnace and water heater is not cheap, and disasters like this can
be avoided if you enlist the services of a qualified home inspector.

Safety Hazards and your Home Inspection

Another important aspect of your home inspection is SAFETY.
While safety seems somewhat unrelated to home inspections, it is actually
at the very core of the home inspection. 

For instance, a home inspector may note that the sidewalk near the
swimming pool is cracked and one edge has tilted because frost in the
ground has lifted it. He notes in the home inspection report that the
damaged sidewalk should be repaired as soon as possible. 

Yes, the damaged sidewalk is something that is "broken" in the home,
so it makes sense for the inspector to mention it in the report. But why
is it so important that the sidewalk be repaired immediately? After all,
it's just a chunk of concrete to walk on. 

The reason is because it is a safety hazard: a child walking near the pool
can trip on the sidewalk, strike their head on the pool edge, and drown in
a matter of minutes. 


Home Inspectors have YOUR BEST INTEREST in Mind

The stairs in your prospective new home might LOOK okay, but are they 
really constructed properly to ensure your safety? Are the electrical panels
and sub-panels properly grounded or bonded? Is there adequate ventilation
in the attic? Is that black mold in the basement dangerous, or just unsightly?

These are the sort of questions that home inspectors are trained to answer.
A home inspector's job is to take the guesswork out of the equation so that
you know exactly what you're buying and where you might encounter a
problem in the future.

Your Home Inspector will give you CONFIDENCE and PEACE OF MIND so
that you can make an INFORMED decision regarding your home purchase.

After all, you have enough to think about during your real estate transaction payments, escrow, closing costs, down payments, legal costs,
and moving, of course. Worrying about whether your home's systems and
components are healthy is a headache that you don't need.

For Home Inspectors, as well!

This website is also targeted toward Home Inspectors who want to start
or improve their business. We can help you find APPROVED Home Inspection
training in your area, give you some great tips on building your home
inspection business, and provide resources for continuing education in your
field. I'll do my best to keep you up to date on courses in your area, where
to attend conferences, DEALS on equipment and tools for your business,
and the latest trends in Home Inspection technology.



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