WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
A standard home inspection is a visual examination of a home including structural and mechanical systems. It is a summary of findings from a visual inspection of the condition of the subject home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; foundation, basement, complete exteriors, grounds and walks, and driveways. It is a thorough systematic inspection covering all components of a home from roof to foundation.
WHY DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
The home inspection is a small investment that will give you invaluable information about the home. The information includes important defects that require attention, items that need monitoring, and maintenance tips. This information will help buyers decide if and how to proceed with a purchase as well as a resource of helpful information to a home owner after the purchase.
A home inspection is a valuable part of the home selling process as it allows the seller to prepare their homes for optimal selling condition or adjust the price accordingly.
For homeowners, a home inspection can be a valuable check up allowing them to prioritize needed or neglected maintenance and help prevent future repair expense.
COULD I DO THE INSPECTION MYSELF?
A home inspector is specially trained and has experience looking at hundreds or thousands of houses. The home inspector performs an objective inspection without the emotion and “rose-colored glasses” that many prospective home buyers have when looking at a house they are interested in. A home inspector is educated, experienced and familiar with all the elements of home construction and with the proper installation, maintenance and interrelationships of those elements.
WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTION COST?
The price of a home inspection is based on a variety of factors including: size, location, age, and other features of the house. It is important to have an inspection as the cost can save you from years of headaches, expenses, and loss by revealing otherwise unknown problems, by saving you money in negotiating price, and by simple peace of mind. Please contact us for a quote.
WHAT IF A HOUSE FAILS AN INSPECTION?
A professional home inspection is an objective examination of the current condition of a home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies compliance to local codes and standards. A home inspection does not pass or fail a house, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of immediate or near future major repair or replacement.
WHAT IF THE REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?
No house is perfect. If a home inspection reveals fault in a house it does not necessarily mean you should not buy it, only that you will know what type of repairs to anticipate. A seller may be willing to renegotiate the purchase price because of significant problems discovered in an inspection. If your budget is very tight, or if you don't want to become involved in future repair work, you may decide that this is not the house for you. The choice is yours. Conversely, if you are selling your house you may be able to repair any problems in advance of putting your house on the market.
WHY CHOOSE MAPLE TREE HOME INSPECTION LLC?
Steve Cicman founded Maple Tree Home Inspection LLC, an independent company, that prides itself on thorough inspections and detailed reports. Steve has over 15 years of experience in the real estate industry as a former real estate broker, house investor/flipper, and now a professional home inspector with hundreds of inspections completed. Steve understands the importance of inspections and gives personal attention to his clients. With his experience, Steve has an understanding of buyer concerns that is rare among home inspectors. Maple Tree Home Inspection LLC strives to accommodate client schedules and takes whatever time is necessary to complete a thorough inspection without any shortcuts. Customer service is important to Maple Tree Home Inspection and we will always make sure you understand the details of any inspection and report.
SHOULD I BE PRESENT FOR THE INSPECTION?
Every inspection results in a detailed report but I always encourage people to be present for inspections whenever possible or at the very least to arrive towards the end of the inspection for a walk through summary. The home inspection is a great learning experience and is a prime time to ask questions while allowing me to discuss different aspects of the inspection with someone in person while relating to the discussed component. When it is just not possible to attend, I am always available to discuss questions or concerns via phone or email.
WHEN DO I CALL THE HOME INSPECTOR?
Your Realtor should be able to help you with the timing of this. The best time to call the home inspector is after you've made an offer on the house, and before you sign the contract. Or you can ask your attorney to include an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. If you plan to sell your house, call Maple Tree Home Inspection LLC first to reveal any problems which may devalue your selling price. We are aware of the time constraints involved in purchase agreements and are usually available to conduct the required inspection within a few days.