STANDARD HOME INSPECTION or PRE-PURCHASE (Buyer’s) INSPECTIONS
A Pre-purchase inspection is usually performed after an offer is accepted and the house is “under contract”. The Buyer will usually sign a contingency agreement with the Seller prior to ordering this type of home inspection. If a property fails to meet the Buyer’s expectations as a result of the home inspection, the Buyer has the option to cancel the purchase, renegotiate the purchase price or request for items to be repaired or replaced.
Even if the Seller has already performed a Seller’s Inspection and has a report from another home inspector, Buyers should always perform their own home inspection to prevent “Seller’s bias” in any way, shape or form.
A home inspection typically includes evaluating over 400 items throughout the home. It normally takes approximately 2 to 4 hours to complete the inspection, depending on the size and condition of the home. Usually, an average of 150 photos are taken during the inspection to document the conditions and and to clarify descriptions in the report. The inspection report is usually e-mailed as a PDF file by the following day (other arrangements can be made for delivery as necessary).
Type of Structures inspected include:
- Single Family Homes
- Manufactured Homes
- Condos or Townhouses
- Log Homes
PRE-LISTING (Seller’s) HOME INSPECTIONS
Pre-Listing or “Seller” Inspections are typically performed by the Seller prior to listing their home. The earlier the Seller has this inspection performed, the more time they will have to make needed or wanted repairs. This will decrease the likelihood of a long list of repair requests from the Buyer’s side, which in turn, will speed up the sale and the closing process.
STRUCTURAL PESTS / WOOD DESTROYING ORGANISM (WDO) aka Termite INSPECTION
A Wood Destroying Organism inspection is included with every home inspection (at no additional charge), or as a stand-alone service. Often lenders require a “Termite” inspection for underwriting purposes. Not all Washington State licensed Home Inspectors are Structural Pest Inspectors (SPI). This designation requires a separate license administered by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). Only licensed SPIs can provide Complete Wood Destroying Organism inspections and identify in their reports specific pests such as Termites, Anobiid beetles, Carpenter Ants, etc. Reporting conducive conditions for structural pests is an essential part of this inspection.
COMMERCIAL BUILDING INSPECTIONS
- Office Buildings
- Retail Space
- Medical Facilities
- Multi-Family Housing
- Apartment Buildings
- Condominium Complexes
- Industrial Warehouses
A Commercial inspection is a detailed visual inspection of the building’s structure (inside and out) and the mechanical systems within. I perform an objective examination to assure clients that their prospective building’s condition meets their approval. Knowing the condition of the building allow purchasers to budget more accurately for expenditures down the road – whether it’s a new roof, replacing an HVAC system, general maintenance or safety related items. Note: Home Inspection Standards of Practice do not apply to commercial buildings or residential buildings with more than 4 units (per WAC 308-408C-010).
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONS
Periodic Maintenance Inspections are best if performed every two years, to assure the health and safety of the home and to protect an owner’s real estate investment. Every homeowner could benefit from a home inspection, to better understand the home’s systems, maintenance requirements, and possible changes to building standards since the home was built. And all structures in the Puget Sound area get weathered and worn down over time from the damp climate, and Pest activity is ongoing, so a Periodic Maintenance Inspection is a good idea. Inspections can be limited in scope to suit a client’s needs.