Ask the Expert: How Can A Home Inspection Company Be A Valued Partner In The Real Estate Process?

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
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.

Coordination
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.

Time Savings
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.

Professionalism
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 

 

Sink Foil Repair

sink foil repair

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.

Rusted and Foil

rusted and foil

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.

Light Fixture

amateur light fixture

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.

Jacked Up

air handler supported by a jack

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.

Dryer Vent

dryer vent in garage door

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.