A beautiful, clean cover page begins the inspection report. An informative Summary will condense any found issues into a easily-read overview, followed by an informative Full report that includes descriptive photos, helpful illustrations and an easily read report.
Some Situations call for a “Just Give me the Bottom Line” approach. These Clients are looking for the major details in a quick overview. I use this report as a Instant Field Report that can be left with the Client upon completing the Home Inspection, and then follow up with a full report available on the Web*.
View a Sample Summary Inspection Report
(*For those Clients that do not have Web access, I will happily deliver this Full Home Inspection Report within 24 Hours.)
Buying a home is probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make. And it’s a decision that will affect you for years to come. The process can be extremely stressful and confusing. And of course, there is always considerable risk involved when making such a large purchase decision. A professional home inspection will significantly reduce your risk and help make the entire home buying process easier and less stressful. We enjoy helping our clients in this process and providing critical information and superior customer service are our highest priorities.
A pre-purchase inspection is performed before the purchase of a property. It is usually completed after a formal offer is made. You should make sure that a pre-purchase contingency is in the sales contract. A pre-purchase inspection will reduce the risk of costly surprises and help in budgeting future costs associated with maintaining the home. The ultimate benefit of a pre-purchase inspection is that you will have a sound basis on which to make an informed decision regarding your investment in the home.
We encourage our clients to attend the review after the inspection. You should feel free to ask any questions you may have during the inspection review process. The inspector will point out problems and explain them to you. Plus, we will provide routine maintenance tips needed to keep the house in top condition. This will help you to get the most benefit from the inspection and gain the best understanding of the systems that make up your home and how to maintain it.
After the inspection is completed, you’ll receive a comprehensive report that is easy to understand. All critical information identified during the inspection will be included in the report. Armed with the information provided in our report, you can make your decision with confidence.
The Chattanooga area continues to experience record growth in new home construction. If you are purchasing a brand new home, here are some of the reasons you should have the home inspected.
The building process is complex.
There are a large number of uncertainties when building a home. Was there adequate supervision and quality control? Was there enough money in the budget to buy proper materials or hire the best contractors? Did one subcontractor’s work unintentionally compromise another’s? For these and other reasons, mistakes happen.
Municipal inspections are less reliable.
The volume of work given to municipal building departments does not allow for adequate time at the building site. A private inspection firm has the liberty to thoroughly inspect each aspect of the home. Many times municipal inspectors spend less than an hour on the job site during the entire building process, usually 10 minutes at a time. FULL DISCLOSURE PROPERTY INSPECTION averages several hours during multiple visits.
Defects can be seen before they’re concealed.
If you hire us before the drywall is installed, we are able to view systems concealed by walls and ceilings, including plumbing, electrical, and structural components.
Builders normally fix what we find since Melanie was a general contractor for many years. She knows the process.
One of the best effects of having Melanie follow the construction process is that the Builder and the subs are aware that she will be coming out to check their work and will actually put more effort into making sure it’s correct in the first place.
Most builders provide a one-year warranty for new construction. During the first year of home ownership, the buyer generally develops a “punch list” of items for the builder to repair under the warranty coverage. Some defects will not be obvious to the untrained eye so it is prudent to retain a home inspector to help you prepare a thorough list of items to submit to the builder while the home is under warranty and the repairs are the responsibility of the builder.
The general Inspection is for the primary structure only. The only exception to that is if there is no attached garage but there is a up to 2-car detached garage. It will be included. all other additional features on the property are not included. Does your potential new home have outlying items that need to be inspected, Such as a pool, dock, barn, etc.? Here are some additional inspections that are available. If you don’t see what you need on this list, just ask me if it is available.
• A one-story detached garage/shop/barn with installed mechanicals, no living space. Up to 3-bays/1000sq.ft. $100.00
NOTE: If the only garage on the property is detached it is included in the regular inspection up to 3 bays, garage only. If there is a garage attached to the home no free-standing buildings are included.
• Swimming pool – $200.00 – A pool must be uncovered and running with clear water to be inspected. The interior of the pool is examined using a tool that allows the interior under the water to be clearly observed from the surface. All exposed equipment is operated as intended, pressures gauges, plumbing, filters and electrical checked for maintenance, operation and leaks. The surrounding deck and landscape are checked. The pool lighting will be checked if the inspector can find controls but will be marked as excluded if they are not located. Extras such as slides, waterfalls, vacuum systems are excluded.
• Boat Docks – $175.00 – All exposed areas of a dock and its standard mechanicals will be inspected and described up to 2-boat capacity. Power must be on. If power is not on inspector will check all available and charge same fee.
• Detached Guest Houses/Apartments under 500 sq.ft. $100.00. Power must be on. If power is not on inspector will check all available and charge same fee.
• Detached Guest houses/apartments from 501-1000 sq.ft. $200.00 Power must be on. If power is not on inspector will check all available and charge same fee.
• Detached Guest house over 1000sq.ft will be $100.00 off price to inspect individually. Power must be on. If power is not on inspector will check all available and charge same fee.
Commercial/Industrial inspections require a higher skill set than typical residential as the property is going to be occupied by the public or tenants, which opens the Owner up to liabilities. Due to this, commercial property must be inspected with this in mind. We need to know how the property is being used now vs. it’s potential new owner’s intended use so we may help determine if the property’s mechanicals are suitable, structurally if the property can perform in the new use, check parking and accessibility, etc. We will, if needed, bring in licensed mechanical/structural contractors to assist with evaluating the property’s overall condition for the intended use.