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First Time Homebuyers

  1. 1. An Overview of Home Inspections<br />Presented By<br />Rick Michalicek<br />ASHI Certified Inspector<br />ASHI #246060<br />Moore Home Inspection Services, LLC<br />(314) 727-6868<br />
  2. 2. What is a Home Inspection?<br />Wikipedia says: <br />"A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. This is usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares a written report, often using home inspection software, and delivers it to a client, typically the home buyer. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase… "<br />
  3. 3. There are many types of inspections…<br />Pre-Purchase Inspections (most common)<br />Pre-Listing Inspections<br />Follow Up Inspections<br />New Construction Inspections<br />Bank/Insurance Company Inspections<br />Single Component Inspections (e.g. roof only)<br />Disaster/FEMA Inspections<br />Municipal (occupancy) Inspections<br />
  4. 4. Additional Services Often Provided <br />by Inspection Companies…<br />Wood Destroying Pest Inspections (termite)<br />Radon Gas Testing<br />Home Energy Auditing<br />Lead, Mold and Asbestos Testing (by laboratory)<br />Structural Engineering Services<br />Septic Tank Inspections<br />Sewer Lateral Inspections (video)<br />Water or Air Quality Assessments<br />Neighborhood Environmental History<br />Geotechnical or Soil Evaluations<br />
  5. 5. What’s Typically Covered During a Home Inspection?<br />EXTERIOR ELEMENTS - Above grade walls, exposed foundation, trim, etc.<br />GROUNDS - Landscaping, flatwork, site grading, stoops/decks/porches, etc.<br />GARAGES/CARPORTS - Garage or carport structure, slabs, firewalls and doors<br />ROOF - Roof coverings, chimneys, exposed flashings and guttering systems<br />KITCHEN - Counters, cabinets, sinks, ventilation and installed appliances<br />BATHROOMS - Sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers and ventilation<br />INTERIOR ELEMENTS – Walls, ceilings, doors, floors, windows, stairwells, etc.<br />PLUMBING - Main services, supply lines, waste lines and water heaters<br />HEATING/COOLING – Fuel system, furnaces, air conditioners, ductwork, etc.<br />ELECTRICAL – Main services, panels, branch wiring, switches, outlets, etc.<br />STRUCTURAL – Slab-on-grade, crawl spaces, foundations, basement floors, beams, columns, floor joists, attic structures, etc.<br />
  6. 6. Timing & Delivery of Reports<br />Here’s what you can expect for the timing and delivery of an inspection report…<br />- Inspections typically last between 2 and 3 hours <br />- Some reports are delivered on-site, others are not *<br />- In today’s market, most reports are supplied through <br />e-mail, web download or on a disc<br />* Be cautious of “checklist” style reports and reports which are delivered too quickly (on-site). You may not be getting the most for your money!<br />
  7. 7. When is a Home Inspection <br />Typically Performed?<br />For a traditional pre-purchase situation:<br />- AFTER THE REAL ESTATE CONTRACT HAS BEEN SUBMITTED<br />- DURING THE ALOTTED INSPECTON PERIOD (usually 10 days)<br />- BEFORE CLOSING ON THE HOUSE<br />Don’t wait too late to call an inspector! Schedules can fill up fast!<br />
  8. 8. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)<br />- Oldest and most respected professional home inspector organization in the U.S.<br />- The most stringent standards and requirements in the industry<br />- More real estate professionals ask for and promote ASHI Certified Home Inspectors than any other organization<br />Go to for more details on ASHI.<br />See a list of local ASHI inspectors at<br />
  9. 9. Keep in mind…Price isn’t everything!<br />Your about to make perhaps the largest purchase decision in your life. It is highly recommended that you NOT choose your inspector based solely on pricing! <br />$<br />$<br />$<br />Check his references…Ask for a sample report… Check with the Better Business Bureau…Check his qualifications and associations (like ASHI)…Once this is completed, then choose the best value.<br />
  10. 10. So, do home buyers really need <br />a Home Inspection? <br />That’s a fair question… <br />But let’s consider the following real situations which we recently uncovered for our clients…<br />
  11. 11. Looks like a nice house with a<br /> fairly modern electric panel…<br />
  12. 12. Upon closer inspection, the panel has been scorched/melted and will need replacing<br />A new electric panel can cost well over $1000.00!<br />
  13. 13. This is a cute house with a nice <br />rear addition on the back…<br />
  14. 14. …But the crawl space below the addition will need extensive repairs to correct a major moisture problem!<br />The repair bill was over $7000.00!<br />
  15. 15. Here’s a cute house with a fairly new roof…<br />
  16. 16. Too bad it was installed improperly <br />and is already damaged…<br />Damage at front edge<br />Roof pitch too low for shingles<br />This repair will likely <br />exceed $1000.00!<br />
  17. 17. Thank you for your time.<br />ANY QUESTIONS?<br />