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How to Select A Home Inspection Company

Posted on: February 23rd, 2016 | No Comments

How to Select A Home Inspection CompanySelecting a home inspection company can be a daunting task, as you want to make sure you are choosing a reliable and honest service. Many different factors contribute to a quality home inspection company. Our VP of Business Development explains the best ways to choose a home inspection company in our Whitepaper guide. Let’s take a quick sneak peak into her best tips right here! Choosing a qualified home inspection company can help you select a home based on investment factors and not your emotions, leading to buying a home that may have a greater financial return in the long run.

 

State Certification & Compliance

Many states have home inspector legislation that requires specific training, continued education, and insurance for home inspectors and home inspection companies to comply with and keep current. Choosing a company or inspector that complies with these state rules will ensure your inspection will be of top quality. Some home inspectors let their continued education or particular certificates go unrenewed, creating gaps in their ability to provide clients with a qualified home inspection. Always look for companies that are labeled as ‘state certified.’

 

Training

Training is key in any professional service, and home inspection is no exception. Home inspection company employees are trained in many areas that are most likely unseeable to the untrained eye. If a home inspection company neglects to train their inspectors adequately, small details and even major issues can go unnoticed. You can request specific information from a home inspection company or inspector about proof of training; number of hours spent training, hands-on field training and ongoing education.

 

Insurance Coverage

During a home inspection, there is a small chance that an inspector could make a mistake or cause damage, just like any professional doing a very particular job. You should make sure they have two major types of insurance to cover any related damage that may occur during a home inspection. This is known as Errors & Omissions/Professional Liability Insurance and General Liability Insurance. Ensuring that the home inspection company is covered by these types of insurance will save you from damage risk factors. To learn more about these particular types of insurance, read the full version of the Whitepaper guide.

 

Report Format & Delivery

The report you receive should be detailed, understandable and comply with general standards. There is a variety of specific questions you should ask of your home inspection company and inspector, including; what is the report format, does the report include digital photography, and more. Your home inspection company should also provide you with a variety of options on how to deliver the report.

 

Franchise vs. Independent

When choosing a franchise or independent home inspection company, it’s important to make sure each one complies with training standards, certificates, and more. Prices may vary between a franchise and an independent, but making sure you are getting a qualified service for the amount you are spending is a critical factor to keep in mind.

 

Choosing a home inspection company can be easier than expected with the Whitepaper guide. Each of these sections, provides further information to help you make a smart decision with your home inspection company. Realtors can help you choose a qualified company as well. If you want to read more about how to choose the right home inspection company head to the Whitepaper guide, otherwise learn more about home inspections with Inspect-It 1st online.

4 House Maintenance Tips

Posted on: February 9th, 2016 | No Comments

4 House Maintenance TipsWhen shopping for a home, it is likely that the owner before you had a home inspection conducted to make sure everything was up to code with no major issues. Even with a previous inspection, you should get the home professionally inspected before your purchase. We suggest that after you purchase the home, it’s wise to maintain or improve upon the state of the property to ensure that it will be sellable in the future. You also want to be sure that it’s a safe place for you and your family to call home. Here are a few key elements that should be checked during home maintenance and some tips on what to specifically look for when maintaining your home.

 

#1 Electrical

Electrical wiring throughout the home can become a dangerous issue if not properly maintained. Most homes have been updated, and proper home maintenance will keep your electrical wiring safe. There are three locations that you should check: your main electrical panel, indoor wiring, and outdoor wiring. Home maintenance on your central electrical panel should include tightening all fuses and labeling all circuits. If you notice that your panel is warm, wires are burned, or aluminum wiring needs to be tightened, a qualified electrician should address these issues immediately. Indoor wiring should be replaced if damaged or frayed, and loose outlets should be tightened. Outdoor wiring should also be checked for frayed or loose wires. Outdoor outlets need to be covered properly and replaced if the circuits aren’t grounded. 

 

#2 Heating

Heating units can be a complicated aspect of home maintenance, but we’ve got a few tips on what to look for. A condensate drain line emerging from the ductwork above the furnace should be checked during the cooling season for leaks or water build up. The unit should be on a stable/level spot outside. Other key locations to check are the refrigerant lines; debris should be cleared away and left uncovered to prevent rusting. If your unit is excessively loud, we encourage you to have a HVAC professional inspect it.

 

#3 Plumbing

Home maintenance for your plumbing system is essential to prevent flooding, bursting pipes, and more. Any part of the home that has pipes or fixtures that contain any form of liquid should be checked regularly. You should conduct standard visual inspections to keep an eye out for cracks, puddles of water, and valves that need to be tightened. When performing home maintenance on your water heater, turn off the power or fuel supply before draining any water from the tank. We also recommend having a water quality test conducted to ensure your family’s water supply is healthy and up to standards.

 

#4 Structure

The most important part of a home is its structure and a solid foundation is critically important. When completing home maintenance for the structure, you should look in four key locations: foundation walls, wood framing, wall/ceiling surface cracks, and door frames. When completing home maintenance for the foundation, you should look for deterioration, dampness, and movement. If you see cracks and holes, fill them. Wood framing should be checked for evidence of rot, insect infestation, or sagging. Wall and ceiling cracks should be monitored for significant movement that could suggest damage.

 

For more house maintenance tips check out our maintenance checklist online. If you come across something that may require a professional’s opinion, don’t hesitate to contact Inspect-It 1st for a full inspection. A safe home is a happy home.

 

Our home inspection company's history began in 1991 with the establishment of American Home Inspection. Over the course of the following seven years, a home inspection business prototype was developed that could be implemented anywhere in the United States. Our founders believed they had a unique methodology of providing homebuyers and sellers with consistent, professional and unbiased home inspections.

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