BUYING A NEW HOME?

The process of buying a home can be stressful.  A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect in the midst of it all.  You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time.  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 (Ex. A foundation cracks, structural failure)

  2. Things that lead to major defects (Ex. A small roof leak)

  3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, occupy, or get insurance

  4. Safety hazards (Ex. Exposed wiring, potential fire hazards)

 

Anything in these categories should be addressed. 

 

Keep things in perspective- no house is perfect. A home inspection evaluates over 400 different areas and details of your home, and there are areas where improvement is needed in just about every home- even newly built ones! Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection.  But often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property.

Complete Home Inspection provides a thorough assessment of the systems, structure, and safety of your home at competitive and affordable prices. Not only do we utilize the most current training and information available, but also employ new technology and methods like drone inspection and infrared.

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FAA licensed and InterNACHI certified, Chris utilizes a drone to: inspect a difficult-to-access roof; get a clear view of the upper exterior of a home; and get an aerial view of the entire property. 

  • With some homes, there are areas of a roof that can't be accessed without specialized equipment. Using a drone allows an inspector to reach these areas to evaluate the roof condition.  

  • Sometimes, issues with siding or other materials aren't visible from the ground, and deficiencies can be better seen from above.

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Certified in infrared thermography, Chris uses an infrared camera to get a "better picture" of potential issues a home may have. Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the inspector to show homeowners things about their homes that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods. 

To the naked eye

With Infrared

Complete Home Inspection not only provides thorough inspection services to evaluate your new home, but also offers several additional benefits!

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We utilize Buildfax- a data gathering and reporting service, so we can see supplemental details about your home. Information such as permits that have been issued for work or renovations, and other details which might be pertinent for you as a homeowner (the type and quantity of information depends on the property and its location.) If the BuildFax report for your new home includes any pertinent information, it will be included with your inspection report.

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Buying your first home? We are “First-Time Home Buyer-Friendly!”  As a first-time home buyer, you can receive a copy of "Now That You've Had a Home Inspection" from us.  This book is full of valuable information that will help you keep your home safe and in top condition for years to come.

If you have a cat or dog, more than one, or both, let us know! Complete Home Inspection can provide you with a pet safety checklist that is perfect to use as you move into a new place. 

If we miss anything, we’ll buy back your home!

Backed by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI,) Complete Home Inspection offers a “Buy Back Guarantee.”  If we miss something during your inspection, your home can be purchased by InterNACHI for the price paid for the home, good for the first 90 days after closing. For more details, please visit the “Buy Back Guarantee,” info page.

And with all of our services, InterNACHI is so certain of our integrity, they back us with a $25,000 "Honor Guarantee!"  For more details, please visit the "Honor Guarantee" info page

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