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How Much Does Home Inspection Cost ?

Posted on: June 6th, 2016 | No Comments

How Much is a Home InspectionPurchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest decisions one makes in life, so it’s essential to be sure you’re purchasing the right one – and avoiding any unpleasant surprises that may come with it.

 

A property inspection is a small investment that plays a big role in your home-buying process. Our thorough inspection services include a complete assessment of the home’s systems and interior/exterior components, also evaluating how these systems are working together and identifying areas that need to be watched, repaired or replaced.

How Much is a Home Inspection ?

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), costs for home inspections vary dramatically, depending on the region, size and age of the house, scope of services and other factors, typically ranging from $300 to $500. The reported average costs around $315, with condos and homes under 1,000 sq. ft. costing as little as $200 and homes over 2,000 sq. ft. costing $400 or more.

Here is what you should know going into the home inspection process:

  • Inspectors quote inspection fees using different methods. Some charge a flat rate by square footage of the living areas, some by square footage under the roof, or others may charge by amount of time spent on the inspection.
  • Typically, the larger your home is, the more you should expect to pay for an inspection.
  • The age of the home can affect cost as well. Newer homes can usually be inspected in a shorter time than older ones due to repairs, additions and other aspects that come with age.
  • There’s no industry standard for calculating home inspection price, so be sure to ask your inspector up front how much you’ll be charged.
  • Paying the lowest cost doesn’t always mean you’re getting the best value. Inspectors aren’t regulated by the HUD, so inspectors charging the cheapest rates may not be providing the most thorough service.

 

If you’re ready to purchase a home, before you close the deal, Inspect-It 1st! Our pre-purchase inspections will give you the accurate information you need to make one of life’s most important decisions, with confidence. We encourage potential buyers to accompany the inspector, and after our on-site inspection and consultation, you will receive our high-quality, thorough inspection report, complete with color photos and an easy-to-use summary. Contact us today to learn more about the home inspection process and to get started on yours!

 

Home Inspection: Infrared Thermography

Posted on: January 19th, 2016 | No Comments

Checking home with Infrared Thermology.Infrared thermography goes beyond what an inspector can visually see in a home inspection and exposes deeper issues. Infrared thermography captures and measures surface temperatures by creating videos and still images to display the temperature variations within the home and its exterior. The temperatures displayed on the infrared thermography inspection, shown in different colors, can mean a variety of things. Let’s take a look at what can be found during an infrared inspection and why you should get one done.

 

Energy Loss

An infrared thermography inspection has the power to detect areas in your home that are causing your energy consumption to be higher than it needs to be. Specific areas where energy loss can be detected are broken seals in double-paned windows, air-conditioner leaks, damaged heating systems, any structural problems, heat loss in walls, windows, ceilings, floors, doors, and anywhere else in your home that could be allowing energy to escape.

 

Electrical Errors

This is one area that can be quite dangerous if not addressed. Remember that most electrical problems increase the risk of fire. The infrared thermography inspection can see overloaded and undersized circuits, overheated electrical equipment, electrical faults, and circuit breakers that need to be replaced ASAP. Electrical issues can be costly if not taken care of promptly. This is an important inspection to include before purchasing a home to determine if you are getting quality electric wiring within the walls.

 

Moisture

Infrared thermography inspections can detect moisture problems before they get too far out of hand. If there has been any leaking or moisture penetrating an area of your home, the film and still image will catch it. Some issues that could lead to moisture issues are damaged and wet insulation, plumbing leaks, roof leaks, and foundation leaks. Identifying these areas as soon as possible can reduce the risk of mold build-up.

 

Before you schedule your infrared thermography inspection, there are a few tips and tricks to make sure your inspection reads as accurately as possible. Move furniture away from exterior walls and remove drapes. To get the most accurate inspection, schedule it for when there is a large temperature difference between indoors and outdoors. In the northern states, the winter is best while you have the heat on, and in southern states, summer is best, while you have the air conditioning on. Save on energy and maintain the safety of your home by setting up your infrared thermography inspection today with Inspect-It 1st®.

6 Things to Avoid When House Hunting

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 | No Comments

House hunting for the perfect home.House hunting can be an exciting experience, but it comes with its challenges. No matter how new the property is, there may still be issues that can lead to large expenses. An Inspect-It 1st home inspector can find issues with a property and inform you about repairs the house may need. Here are 6 problems we recommend that you avoid when house hunting.

  • Foundation issues. The foundation is critical to the structural integrity of your home. The problem is that many foundation issues are not visible to the buyer. Foundation repairs can cost several thousand dollars, and can lead to further issues down the road if not repaired promptly. If your home inspector mentions any issues involving the foundation, your best bet may be to walk away and continue house hunting.
  • Roof repairs. Take notice of any visible damage on the roof. While you’ll still want an inspector to investigate, problems such as missing shingles or other roofing damage can give you an idea of how well the house has been maintained. A damaged roof can also lead to water damage throughout the home. The total repair costs could easily reach over $10,000.
  • Siding replacement. The outside of a home can really take a beating from nature’s elements. Take a walk around the exterior of the home and give the outer shell a critical once-over. If the siding appears to be rotting, damaged, or rusting, be sure to factor that into your house hunting plan.
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). Another issue that you may not notice until you bring an inspector on board is the HVAC system. Does the home have a ventilation system, and if so, is it damaged? These are important things to note when house hunting. Replacing a furnace, air conditioner, or repairing ventilation can cost you thousands in unexpected costs.
  • Deck repair. If the home has a deck, take a look for rotting or cracks. A deck is a major perk for many people, but a damaged deck can pose safety problems and a hefty repair bill.
  • Driveway. When you’re house hunting, remember that you are investing in more than the house itself. If the driveway is damaged and cracked, it’s likely that a repair or replacement will be needed soon. If not repaired, it can cause damage to your vehicles over time.

These are not necessarily a deal breaker for everyone, however avoiding these while on your house hunting journey can save you thousands of dollars. Some issues are visible, but there are many things that may not be so obvious. Although it’s good to check for issues when house hunting, it’s still crucial for every home buyer to get a home inspection before making the purchase. At Inspect-It 1st, our experts provide you with a thorough, honest inspection so you have all the information you need about the property. Get in touch with us today!

Electrical Wiring: How To Be Sure Your Home is Up to Code

Posted on: March 25th, 2014 | No Comments

Electrical wiring by an electrician.

From running the dishwasher to powering important electronic devices, electricity runs our lives. But, what happens if there is a problem with the system? Exposed wiring, outdated breakers, and a host of other potential issues could pose dangers for you and your family. So, how can you avoid these pitfalls and ensure the wiring in your home is safe? Here are a few tips from the experts at Inspect-It 1st:

  1. Get your home inspected if it is:
    • Over 40 Years Old: Old wiring and circuits can wear out, become exposed or simply not be fit to handle the amount of energy that is being transmitted along them. Ensure any older wiring is up to par by getting it professionally inspected by a home inspector or your local electrician.
    • Major Renovations: If your home has had any major renovations or additions and is more than 10 years old, it is a good idea to get the wiring inspected. Verify all new wiring was run correctly and that safety standards for adding an electrical circuit meet code requirements.
    • New Home: If you are moving into a new home. No matter what age your home is, it is always a good idea to have the electrical wiring inspected to make sure it is up to code prior to purchasing. Repairs can sometimes be costly, so knowing beforehand is important when assessing your the best purchase options.
  2. Keep an eye out for unexpected power loss, flickering lights, overheating switch plates or outlet covers and other signs of electrical problems. These can indicate faulty or old wiring that can cause electrocution or start a fire.
  3. Check your fuse panel. If fuses are consistently being blown, they may be old and need replacing. Additionally, over fused electric panels can be extremely dangerous. Be sure the electric panel does not contain fuses or breakers rated at a higher current than the current capacity allows.
  4. Label all fuses or breakers in the electrical panel.
  5. Test outlets to ensure all plugs fit snugly and do not move or wobble. If outlets are not snug, they should be replaced  to avoid shocks or potential fires.
  6. Maintain cord integrity. If you find a cord that is frayed or damaged, remove and replace it immediately for your safety. Any exposed wiring can be dangerous because splicing and taping is not a safe, long-term solution.

Maintaining a safe electrical system in your home is important to avoid the occasional shock or blown fuse. It can also prevent larger shocks and electrical malfunctions which could lead to an electrical fire. By inspecting your home’s wiring thoroughly when you move in and maintaining the wiring through proper maintenance and upkeep, you can feel better about the safety of your home for both you and your family.

 

Don’t have a trusted electrician in your area yet? Inspect-It 1st can provide an experienced and trustworthy inspector that will evaluate your home’s wiring system. They can also provide you with the names of electricians in your area that can help fix any present problems.

Which Home Repairs Should Come First?

Posted on: April 28th, 2013 | No Comments

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If you’re the fixer-upper type, you may have even opted for a home with a few repairs. This can be a great option if you want to save a few bucks or renovate the home to your style. But after the home inspection, a lot of home buyers can become stressed about the number of repairs they actually need.

 

Suddenly, their visions of paint colors and new fixtures get put on the back burner for things like a new roof!

 

So how can you prioritize your “new” list of priorities? Here’s my advice:

 

Start with the electrical: If your electrical system needs an upgrade, this should be your first priority. Sure, sometimes electrical is just annoying, like when your lights dim when you run an appliance. At worst, though, it can be a fire and safety hazard. Electrical has been known to start fires, which can mean that you’re at risk for a fatality in your home. Put this at the top of your list.

 

Look for structural damage: Structural damage in a home’s foundation can lead to even bigger problems, like cracking and shifting of the house. You can spot damage like this by noting at cracking in cement or masonry work or even small piles of dust, which could be a red flag for termites. While a lot of people think structural damage equals a big price tag, the cost will only go up the longer you let the problem persists. Tackle this project right away.

 

Roof and gutters: Pay particular attention to your roof and gutters’ functionality. They’re more than just pretty features for your home; they’re there to protect the entire structure. For instance, if your roof leaks or your gutters dam up with ice in the Winter, you could be looking at serious issues inside your home, like mold, electrical issues, and even insects.

 

CNN Money also has a great list of repairs, along with what the replacements will cost you.

 

So how did you decide which project to tackle first? Did it come down to budget? Or did your home inspector advise you on which were the most pressing?

First Time Home Buyers: 3 Questions To Ask Yourself

Posted on: March 21st, 2012 | No Comments

How to Purchase a Home?

 

If you’re planning to buy your first home soon, there are 3 major questions you should ask yourself! Take a few notes and see how quickly your answers narrow down the deluge of housing options out there.

 

What Do You Want In A Home?

When you picture your new home, what are some of the aspects that are essential? Take a look at this list and see which elements you can’t live without.

  • Utility Room
  • A Certain Number Of Bedrooms/Bathrooms
  • An Office Space
  • Outdoor Living Area
  • Carpet Or Hardwood Floors
  • Open Floor Plan
  • Dining Area
  • Upstairs/Downstairs

 

How Much Can You Afford?

Your budget doesn’t have to be seen as a hindrance in your search for the perfect home. In fact, knowing how much you can realistically spend on a home can free you from worry! Be sure to factor in the interest rate, yearly property tax, and property insurance. Seek out a realtor or find a budget calculator online to make this process even easier! Mortgage rates are always in flux – they can change multiple times each day – so seek out a loan officer who can help you find the right time to take the next step.

 

What Will A Home Inspection Cover?

A home can look perfect on the outside and have all the features you want and still have serious (and costly) issues. A good home inspection will include a conscientious examination of the home from roof to foundation. The air conditioning system, plumbing, and electrical system should also be checked for any problems. A thorough home inspection will also take into consideration any porches, walkways, decks, or stairs. The drainage systems also need to be examined to make sure water doesn’t damage the outside walls.

 

After The Purchase…

Once you buy a home, you’ll have to do maintenance on certain items each year! Read the Inspect It 1st whitepaper Home Maintenance Tips For First Time Home Buyers for an easy guide to keeping your home in fine form.

 

 

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