Buying a home? The process can be stressful.  A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect.  You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time.  This often includes a written report, a checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection.  All this, combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself, makes the experience even more overwhelming.  What should you do?
Relax.  Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies for various systems and components, and minor imperfections. These are useful to know about.  However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
1. major defects.  An example of this would be a structural failure;
2. things that lead to major defects, such as a small roof-flashing leak, for example;
3. things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home; 
4. safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electrical panel.Anything in these categories should be addressed.  Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection.  Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report.  No home is perfect.  Keep things in perspective.  Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter.  It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure, or nit-picky items.

Reliable and Reasonable

Our inspectors at A Closer Look provide a detailed and in depth examination of each home no matter if it is a 500 sq ft condo or a 10,000 sqft estate.  When you book an inspection with us, you can rest assured that no matter the size, age, or location of the home, our inspectors will provide you with a great home inspection.

Our inspectors use a detailed reporting program to ensure that every system and component in your home is checked and inspected and nothing is missed.  The average inspection will take three hours to complete to ensure we have plenty of time to carefully examine each component and plenty of time to discuss our finding with you at the end of the inspection.  We will walk you through the home and show you our findings and provide you with an on site written report before you leave. If you are in a time crunch, you can use the written report to meet with your real estate agent after the inspection.  Within 48 hours of your inspection, we will email you a typed copy of your inspection report with digital photography embedded. We will also mail your complete type report that has been bound together with your contract, our standards of practice, a home maintenance book, and a DVD that contains all of the digital photography from your inspection.  

We understand that you are busy and may not be able to attend the whole inspection.  We ask that you arrive 30 minutes before the end of your home inspection so we can discuss our findings with you and provide you with your written inspection report.  You are welcome to join us for the whole inspection or at anytime during the inspection.  If you are unable to attend the inspection, we will email your home inspection contract to you before the inspection so you can sign it and send it back to us.  After we have received your inspection contract, we will inspect your home and email you your completed report. 

Our home inspection reports contain a lot of information about your home and we realize that you may have questions about your inspection after you leave the inspection.  We want to make sure you understand all parts of your inspection and we are available to answer any questions that may arise after the inspection. 

what really matters in a home inspection?

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​​A Closer Look Inspection Service