Home Inspectors In Madison
Why A Home Inspection Matters:
The home inspection profession has a long history of assessing the home's fitness in a real estate transaction.
While the modern home inspection standards include a comprehensive suite of tools and technical methods; the most important asset is still the inspectors eyes and experience. In addition to holding a professional license, we are certified through InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors). The national standard when it comes to adherence to rigorous standards which ensure a complete and detailed assessment. With a minimum of 10 years in the construction trades, your inspectors job is to find material and safety concerns which you need to know about before close. Always remember that the concept of "Caveat Emptor" means the buyer alone is responsible for knowing the what they are purchasing.
What Is A Home Inspection: A home inspection is a visual examination of home's structure, components, and systems. It is separate from the appraisal and is a detailed examination of the property. From "Basement to Ridge-top" this includes the foundation, heating and cooling (HVAC), plumbing, electrical, interior spaces, fireplaces, attic, roof, exterior, lots and grounds, doors, windows, and many more. Inspectors look for deficiencies that are either financially significant or present safety defects which impact the safe occupation of the home. Some things that we look for are improper building practices or construction that may be older and no longer deemed safe such as knob and tube wiring. A home inspection is not a code inspection and the focus is on whether the home is safe and whether the home is functional.
A good home inspection will also include general maintenance notes, aspects of the home that may not be defective however, may need attention in the near future, the expected service life of major components and other information useful to you in the purchase.
What Kinds Of Home Inspections Are There: While residential inspections are the primary types of inspections that we deal with. There are many different situations requiring the services of an inspector these include.
Home Buyer Inspection: This is the most common type of inspection. A home buyer hires a home inspector to examine the home for defects which may effect the transaction such as safety defects and elements which may require repairs.
Home Seller Inspection: The seller hires the inspector to identify issues with the house. The seller may share the report with the buyer to show that the home is in "move in ready" condition. This also benefits the seller by alerting them to conditions which may effect the sale and allowing these to be addressed prior to the process beginning.
Forclosure Inspection: Often referred to as Real Estate Owned (REO) inspections, these are ordered by a bank upon foreclosure to assess the condition of the property once it is no longer occupied.
Four Point Inspection: Roof, HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing inspections are sometimes required by insurance companies. These are abbreviated inspections that concern only the major components.
Disaster inspection: These are rare and occur after a disaster event, these inspections are related to responses by a government agency such as FEMA.
Section 8 inspection: These ensure subsidized housing are "fit for habitation" in accordance with HUD standards.
Pre-delivery inspection: This inspection applies to new construction. These inspections occur soon before close and allow the buyer to confirm correct and complete construction of the purchased property has been performed.
Structural inspection: Also included in a standard inspection, these often relate to major structural components such as the foundation. Your inspector may also inspect other components which may be contributing to an identified problem.
Plumbing inspection: Also included in a standard inspection, this is a visual inspection of all readily accessible plumbing components including the the operation and condition of the water heater, pipes, water service whether city or well.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) inspection: Also included in a standard inspection, this is a visual inspection of all readily accessible HVAC components including operation and condition of the furnace or boiler.
Thermal imaging inspection: Thermal imaging is often useful in certain situations to clarify or further investigate an identified issue. It is also the primary method in a home energy audit.
Pool and spa inspection: This may be added to a standard home inspection if the presence of a pool or spa is present. This type of inspection concerns proper safety and configuration of the pool and correct function.
Commercial Draw Inspection: When a commercial project is due for a draw from its financing institution, an inspector is called in to ensure progress on the project is as required for the distribution of the payment draw.
Water Quality Testing: Ensures the safe condition of a water supply such as nitrates, heavy metals or bacteria.
Radon Testing: Radon is a tasteless, odorless gas that exists as a product of naturally occurring uranium. While naturally occurring radiation is always present in any location on earth, radon gas may accumulate in the basement level of the home and exceed EPA considered safe levels. A radon test accurately records the levels of radon to determine if mitigation is necessary.
Standards Of Practice: Inspections are regulated in the State of Wisconsin by the states statutory Standards of Practice. The standards of practice may be found on the Wisconsin Government Website.
Buying a home may be the largest single purchase you make in your life, and we want to make sure your mind is at ease with this purchase. If buying a fixer-upper is not your goal, we will ensure your home is not a fixer-upper. If your goal is to buy something you can renovate to make your own than a home inspection can prove to be a valuable assessment. A thorough home inspection can save you thousands in costly repairs and maintenance surprises. Let Recon Home Inspection give you peace of mind as purchase your new home or rental property. For additional information on the inspection trade, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is another good resource to reference how the inspection process is done to a high standard.