Buying a home is the single, largest, most important investment you will make in your lifetime. This investment involves many decisions that will affect you and your family for many years to come. Homewood Inspections provides the peace-of-mind that you deserve.
In past decades, when the services of professional home inspectors were virtually nonexistent, buyers were forced to take risks on home purchases with hidden problems, unexpected repair costs, and sometimes major disasters.
A professional home inspection is your best defense against these pitfalls and their consequences.
If you are thinking about selling your current home, a pre-marketing home inspection can provide you with an evaluation of the condition of your home before it is put on the market. It will make you aware of any potential deficiencies that might prevent you from selling your home. It will give the opportunity to making any needed repairs and will maximize the sales appeal of your home.
If you are a homeowner annually home inspection on your home can help you detect problems early, before they get worse and become costly. It can also give you time to prepare financially for major items that need to be addressed.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection will educate you about the home you are considering. This inspection will provide a generalist’s view of the home. This is done by performing a visual inspection of the readily accessible portions of the home and property. I will inspect all the normal operating devices designed for use by the homeowner on a day-to-day basis. The home inspection does not include invasive procedures such as pulling up wall-to-wall carpeting, removing paneling, etc. Shortly after the inspection, I will prepare a written report (40+ page report) of the findings for you, the customer.
I use the “Standard of Care for the Home Inspection Profession” by the “Home Inspection Institute of America, Inc” They meet and exceed the State of Connecticut Home Inspection Standards of Practice.
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What is covered in a typical home inspection
1. Roof and Ventilation. flashing, gutter, whole house fans, etc.
4. Fireplace and/or wood stoves and chimneys
6. General Interior such as ceiling, walls, floors, stairs, etc.
7. Common Safety Devices. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, etc
8. Central Cooling
9. Heating system
13. Basement. Any visible and readily accessible components:
Ceiling joist and support system
Water penetrations both from exterior and interior (such as bathroom or kitchen leaks)
Floor drainage if any
Sump pumps if any
14. Exterior items such as siding, doors and windows, trees and shrubs, retaining walls, fences, etc.
15. Grounds, such as driveways, sidewalks, patio, decks, fences, retaining walls, grades, etc.
16. Garage / Carport