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  What is a home inspection?
  Why do I need a home inspection?
  What will it cost?
  My uncle is a contractor. Why can't he do the inspection for me?
  When do I call a home inspector?
  Should the client be present for the home inspection?
  What is ASHI(American Society of Home Inspectors)?
  Do I need an inspection on a new home?
  What if the report reveals problems?
  If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
  What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical stucture and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. A home inspection will cover the condition of the visible heating/cooling system, attic, walls, ceilings, floor, windows and doors, the visible foundation, electrical, plumbing, attached appliances, and more! An inspection will help you minimize unexpected suprises with your new home and teach you some basic home maintenance tips. A typical inspection takes about 3 to 4 hours depending on the size and age of the home. Your inspection will include a 25-30 page report, digital photos on a CD, a complete walkthrough of the property and the peace of mind you deserve.
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  Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence. If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
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  What will it cost?
If you think you can't afford an inspection, then you can't afford not to have an inspection. The 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 on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and possible optional services such as septic, well or radon testing. 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 sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, compliance with your state’s regulations, if any, and professional affiliations as a guide. Sometimes, buyers ask sellers to repair items found defective from the inspection, which could be hundreds or even thousands to fix.
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  My uncle is a contractor. Why can't he do the inspection for me?
Even the most experienced contractor lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. What if your uncle misses a major problem? Will he pay to fix it? Cornerstone carriers complete errors and omissions insurance to protect you against issues that were visible the day of the inspection. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.
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  When do I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
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  Should the client be present for the home inspection?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
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  What is ASHI(American Society of Home Inspectors)?
ASHI is an organization of independent, professional home inspectors who are required to make a commitment, from the day they join as ASHI Associates, to conduct inspections in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, which prohibits engaging in conflict-of-interest activities that might compromise their objectivity. ASHI Associates work their way to ASHI Certified Inspector status as they meet rigorous requirements, including passing a comprehensive, written technical exam and performing a minimum of 250 professional, fee-paid home inspections conducted in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Mandatory continuing education helps the membership stay current with the latest in technology, materials and professional skills. All of Cornerstone's inspectors are required to be ASHI certified. For more information about ASHI, please visit www.ashi.org.
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  Do I need an inspection on a new home?
The answer is YES! Even new homes have problems and/or improperly installed equipment. You would be suprised how many issues we find on a brand new home. For the safety of you and your family, we recommend an inspection on all new homes.
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  What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.
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  If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Yes! Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will have that information for future reference. You will also have the peace of mind knowing you and you're family are safe in the new home.
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