What is covered in a home inspection?

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Well, this is a tricky question to answer. Since Idaho is one of many states without any regulations, there are no standards that an inspector has to adhere too. Even with standards, an inspector has certain discretions that may skew a report. I perform all my own inspection and I only book one inspection per day so that I'm not rushing off from your place. I offer three types of Reports with fees that correspond to the level of Work, a General Home Inspection, Construction Home Inspection, and Professional Home Inspection.   My goal is to provide you with a comprehensive inspection report that you can use to maintain your home and protect your investment. 

What are the benefits of a home inspection?

Buying a home is typically the largest purchase a person will make. A home inspection is a great tool to help you make an informed decision. A home inspection will help you learn about the condition of the home and the need for any possible major repairs. Generally, a standard home inspection performed by either ASHI Standards of Practice or by Inter-NACHI Standards of Practice will take approximately three hours. 

How do I prepare for the inspection? 

  • Have all utilities turned on (water, electric and gas). 
  • Have all gas appliances ready to run with pilot lights turned on.  
  • Clear and unlock access to attics, crawlspaces, electric panels, garage, and furnaces etc. Home inspectors do not unseal or unfasten access panels, this is the responsibility of the seller. 
  • Home Inspectors do not move furniture. Typically, three feet clearance around access panels or appliances will be needed. 
  •  Provide instructions if pets are allowed to be in or out of the house. 
                                                 SOME OF THESE ITEMS YOU NEED TO REQUEST FROM THE SELLER. 
     Services Available 

Buyers Inspection 
In both new and older homes, the best way to ensure that you are well informed about the strengths and weaknesses of a property is to have a home inspection. There are three levels of Home Inspections I offer, General, Construction, and Professional. You may want to consult with your real estate agent on whats best for you.  See the Fee's/Service page for more details. 

Sellers Inspection (Pre-Listing Inspection) 
Whether you are selling your home on your own or using a realtor, it’s always a prudent idea to have a professional home inspection. Knowledge is power! All homes have strengths and weaknesses and we can help you determine how serious any problems are, determining which must be addressed immediately and which can wait. The more you know about your home, the more prepared you will be for negotiation. See our Inspection Overview for more details. 

New Construction Inspection 

In a new home, the quality of construction is seldom what it used to be years ago. Therefore, many buyers have independent reviews of their properties during various stages of the construction process, including slab, frame, and final inspection. This relatively inexpensive inspection protects your purchase, prevents unpleasant surprises, and ensures the quality home that you’ve dreamed about. 

11 Month Warranty Inspection 
Most builders provide a one-year warranty for new construction. Generally, during this period the buyer develops a "punch list" of corrections for the contractor to repair under the warranty. Some defects will not be obvious to the untrained eye. It is helpful to obtain our home inspectors’ list of items that will most likely be repaired by your builder. You will be reassured to know that potential problems were addressed before they grew into liabilities, which could cost you a great deal down the road. 

Environmental Hazards
Our job as your professional home inspector is to alert you to unknown problems and potential environmental hazards. A non-invasive visual inspection of your property which can alert you to possible problems such as Mold, Radon and Lead Testing can be  performed by a third party under my supervision upon request.

I recognize the importance of credibility, integrity, and trustworthiness to our success as a home inspection company. I am committed to upholding high ethical standards in with every home inspection. My goal is to help you protect your investment. I promise to give you my very best effort and provide you with the information necessary for you to make the right decision for your purchase. Experience matters. Let my experience work for you.
Steven Anderson, CPI
Thermal imaging is one of the best ways to detect energy efficiency defects and water problems in the home. Water is the number one cause of damage to the home, as it can result in structural problems, mold, and costly repairs. Repairs for this type of damage can be expensive, so it's important to detect any potential problems as early as possible.