THE INSPECTION PROCESS
YOU ARE READY FOR THE INSPECTION
When you order a home inspection from Cornerstone, you are
getting an unbiased, objective evaluation of your new home. The home inspection
usually takes us 3-4 hours depending on the age and size of the home. Just
because it's a brand new home does not mean it's an easy inspection for us…we
see numerous defects in new construction. Sometimes, the new homes take us
longer to inspect than older ones due to new technology.
As for the inspection, we encourage you to attend the
entire inspection or at least be present for the walk through at the end. This
will provide you with an excellent opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about
the home you are buying or selling and understand what our inspection covers. Our
rigorously trained inspectors will educate you about your home during the
walkthrough. You will be informed on items such as main water shut offs,
furnace filters, electrical shut offs, areas of concern, safety issues, items
needed repair and so much more! We guarantee all your questions will be
Nebraska does not require your inspector to be certified or
licensed. At Cornerstone, all inspectors are required to be certified with The
American Society of Home Inspectors and continue to take various training
classes throughout the year.
BUYER INSPECTIONS: You find a home and decide to put an offer on
it…now what? We always recommend you
make your offer contingent upon a home inspection. Having a home inspection is
becoming common practice among buyers/sellers and it's sometimes required by
banks, relocation companies and other financial institutions. So the sellers
accept your offer and it is now contingent upon you obtaining a satisfactory
home inspection. Deciding to have this home inspection is one of the most
important decisions you can make when purchasing a home. According to your
contract and/or terms, you usually have around 5-10 days to complete your home
inspection. Call Cornerstone and we will set everything up for you.
SELLER INSPECTIONS: Having
your current home pre-inspected before you list it is becoming common practice
among sellers. You are going to want a smooth transaction during your sale, but
do you know the condition of your current home? When was the last time your
roof was inspected? Or how about servicing the furnace and air conditioning
unit? Before you list your home, we recommend you have your home pre-inspected.
A pre-inspected home can help move the sale along smoother, will give you a
chance to repair/correct any problem areas and help you decrease you're
liability due to issues found with your home. Buyer's sometimes use those
"minor issues" found during the home inspection to reduce your asking price. Having
your home pre-inspected will find most of those "minor issues" and give you a
chance to repair them before you list your home. Pre-inspected homes usually
sell faster and often at a higher price.
Listed below is a brief list of some of the items that are
included with your inspection. An average inspection includes 300-400 items
that are inspected, but these are some of the major components. The inspection
includes all the visible areas that were accessible during the home inspection.
Although we try to inspect every component, sometimes personal property, styles
of homes and/or weather can restrict our view. Further evaluation will be
recommended on items that were not accessible during the inspection.
EXTERIOR: Sidewalks, driveways, retaining walls,
porches, stoops, stairs, decks and balconies, siding, trim, soffits, windows,
doors, visible foundation, grading, hose bibs, chimney and more.
ROOF: Depending on the weather and style/pitch of
the roof, we always try to walk the entire roof. Roof inspection includes the
age, style, number of layers, overall condition, flashings, vents, skylights,
roof penetrations and guttering system.
ATTIC AREAS: If possible
and accessible, we will enter this area and inspect as much as possible. Included
is the roof framing/rafters, decking/sheathing, insulation depth and condition,
electrical, ventilation, moisture damaged areas, and any other visible
ceilings, floors, windows, doors, electrical switches/receptacles, ceiling
fans, stairs and railings, accessible fireplace components, smoke and carbon
monoxide alarms, attached appliances and any other accessible areas.
SYSTEMS: Type and condition of
water/waste lines, water pressure, water heater age/size/overall condition,
main water shutoff and meter, sump pump, dishwasher, jacuzzi tubs, sinks, toilets,
showers and bathtubs. Note: We do
not inspect septic and well systems. The plumbing inspection is limited to the
visible areas only.
ELECTRICAL: Main service drop wire, service entrance
wires, meter box, main electrical panel, capacity of home electrical system,
all accessible receptacles/switches/wiring, presence of Ground Fault Circuit
Interrupter outlets, ceiling fans, bath ventilation fans, garage door opener
and the safety reverse mechanism, and all other visible electrical components.
(HEATING/COOLING): The type,
age, fuel source, overall condition, gas/carbon monoxide checks, temperature
difference, ductwork, humidifier, filters, coolant lines, compressor, fans and
any other visible components. Note: We are
not a licensed HVAC contractor.
THE CUSTOM REPORT
At the end of the inspection, we will provide you with a
25-30 page computerized custom report. The report will have a summary page
listing all major areas of concern, safety issues and items in need of
repair/servicing. If you feel you cannot make the inspection, we can email the
report via PDF and then discuss your report over the phone or meet you back at
the home at a later date.
We feel the Cornerstone inspection report is one of the
best in the industry, if not the best. Hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars
have been invested in our reporting system to make sure it provides you with
the best possible outline of your home. We also include a 60 page color book on
homes that comes in handy when tackling those DIY projects. We guarantee our
report will impress you! Click here to see a copy of a sample Cornerstone report.
WE TAKE CARE OF OUR CLIENTS
We guarantee you will be impressed with your
inspection. We are always upfront with our clients and let them know that this
is a visible inspection. Although we try to find every defect, we are only
human and errors can happen. That's why Cornerstone carries the best errors and
omissions insurance in the industry. We are incredibly thorough with our
inspections, but we cannot see behind walls or predict future appliance
As an example, we inspect the dishwasher in your new
home and find no problems at the time of inspection. We ran it through a full
cycle and it finished with no leaks or issues. We told you it was 6-8 years old
and was in working condition. You move in and the first time you run the dishwasher
it quits working. You hire a plumber and he says the motor went bad. Dishwasher
electrical components can fail and will fail eventually. Although we would have
liked to have found this defect at the time of inspection, sometimes this is
not possible, as to all appliance can work fine one day and then fail the
other. If this particular dishwasher was older than 8-10 years, we would let
you know it is at or near the end of its serviceable life.
We encourage our clients to purchase a home warranty
for this particular reason. We recommend the client purchase a home warranty on
all homes older than 6-8 years. Although we guarantee our inspections, we
cannot guarantee the life of used appliances, as we know they will eventually
fail. On the flip side of this, if we inspect the roof and we note that is in
acceptable condition, but it is actually damaged and/or at the end of its
serviceable life, we are responsible for this issue. We will repair or replace
the roof at no cost to you. That is Cornerstone's promise to you!
We also offer pre-sale inspections for sellers and
radon testing. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions
regarding our services.