Q: How can a home inspection company be a valued partner in the real estate process?
A: Home inspections occur in almost 90 percent of transactions nationwide and can play a role in client satisfaction. Performing a high-quality inspection should be the minimum that a home inspection company offers. But what else is there?
Technology can be effectively used throughout the home inspection process – from scheduling to report delivery and even creating a seller’s repair request list. Providing these scheduling options and tools makes everyone’s job easier and faster.
A Full-Service Solution
Many home inspection companies offer a wide range of inspection packages. Since different homes, different clients and different regions require different types of inspections, choose a home inspection company that offers many additional services to choose from to create the solution that is right for your client.
No one wants to spend additional time calling and coordinating various types of inspections from several different service providers on the same inspection. Find a One Call Does It All® Solution where a provider can schedule any type of inspection for you, at the same time as the home inspection.
The typical home inspection can last anywhere from 2.5 – 4 hours. HomeTeam Inspection Service cuts this time nearly in half by utilizing a team of inspectors, which allows for more time slots available each day, and greater availability when you need an inspection.
All companies adhere to varying degrees of professionalism. Home inspection companies that show up in uniform with branded vehicles help make the client feel at ease. Clear and calm communication helps the client to absorb information and make confident decisions.
Choosing a home inspection company that provides the services outlined above results in a positive experience for the client, a true benefit to all!
Adam Long, President for HomeTeam Inspection Service, Real Estate Magazine
Professional home inspectors are assessing many components that are commonly found in a bathroom. They check for proper operation of fixtures, plumbing leaks, signs of water intrusion and electrical safety conditions, among other things.
Had to do a double take during this home inspection! Viewed from the basement, there was a chair leg in the ceiling that had protruded through the floor underneath the dining room. The funny thing is that it was loose, but they never took it out. The home had new carpet.
There are a number of items that could be called out with this photo, but the most obvious is the fact that someone tried to repair this plumbing using aluminum foil! Often on home inspections, we come across items that seem silly and items that would be considered amateur plumbing. One more reason it is critical to have a home inspection before purchasing a home.
Here’s an interesting home inspection find from South Florida. A shower next to the main electrical panel. Even though this is outdoor, anytime an area has electric and water in the same vicinity, it is evaluated as a safety item.
Although most homebuyers could discern that something may not be right here, a professionally trained inspector can identify and report the defects. In this instance, the flue pipe for the water heater was not installed correctly. A home inspection report provided by a team of professionals enables clients to make an informed decision about the home they are looking to purchase.
In this interesting home inspection find, the air return was located next to the oven. That’s one way to keep a nice aroma of food circulating around.
This DIY light is an easy cosmetic fix, but it could also be a potential safety concern for a homeowner. Although fully functioning, this is considered amateur wiring and a professional home inspector would make recommendations to consult with a qualified electrician for repairs and further evaluation.
This home inspection uncovered an air handler being supported by a car jack. The attic is an area of the home that homebuyers don’t typically see before closing, so the home inspection is critical to discovering insights into it’s condition. Inspectors will observe structural components, existing heating and cooling equipment, fans and insulation, among other things.
In this home inspection, a dryer vent was observed venting through the garage door, preventing the homeowners from opening it. Often home inspections uncover items that are not ideally designed, but do function. This is part of what makes the home inspection report so valuable to homebuyers.