What is a home inspection?
A General Home inspection is when a paid licensed inspector inspects the home, searching for defects or other problems that might plague the owner later on. The general inspector inspects the exterior structure, the roof, the slab or foundation, the windows the plumbing electrical, heat and air, some appliances and so on. Frequently the general inspector will find a defect that needs an engineer or other specialized inspection.
Do I need a home inspection?
Yes. Buying a home "as is" is a risky
proposition. Major repairs on homes can amount to thousands of dollars.
Plumbing, electrical and roof problems represent significant and complex systems
that are expensive to fix.
How do I find a home inspector?
We recommend Wood Inspection Group for expert home inspections. They are the best inspection team we have found and their inspectors will explain every system on a home and every problem they find.
For phased construction inspections where a new home is inspected at several points along the building process, we recommend Burgess Construction Inspections.
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) has developed formal
inspection guidelines and a professional code of ethics for its members.
Membership to ASHI is not automatic; proven field experience and technical
knowledge of structures and their various systems and appliances are a