Advantage Frequent Questions
What is a Home Inspection? Back to top
A home inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of the all the systems and physical structural elements of a home. Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would affect a purchasers buying decision.
Why do I need a Home Inspection? Back to top
A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy. That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. Our report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition. A professional inspection will give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, a listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyers inspector. Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.
What does a Home Inspection include? Back to top
Our comprehensive inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures. Crawl spaces are also included.
Do I need to be there during the Inspection? Back to top
No, you aren't required to be there for the inspection. However, Advantage highly recommends that you or a representative be present for the Post Inspection Review. It's a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection.
How long will the Inspection take? Back to top
The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 3 hours is typical (this includes time for the Post Inspection Review and walk through). Larger homes, or homes in poor condition, may take longer.
Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection? Back to top
Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is important. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. It is especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished. As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or something was overlooked.
Why can't I do the Inspection myself? Back to top
Chances are that even if you are very familiar with home construction, you still don't have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional Home Inspector. We have inspected thousands of homes. We are familiar with the systems of a home and how they work and need to be maintained. More importantly, we have seen enough to offer an opinion if something is showing signs of failure or symtpoms of nearing "end of life." Beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, Advantage inspectors work exclusively for you, our client. If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it is impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may cloud your judgment. The professional inspector will provide an objective outside reporting of the facts.
What if the Inspection uncovers problems? Back to top
Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs and recommendations. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems, before you buy, gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.
Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection? Back to top
No. The code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home.