The Real Estate Browser Volume 9, Issue 7 - Page 6

6 — Say you saw it in The Real Estate Browser of Lynchburg — Volume 9 Number 7 Are You Getting the Service You Paid For? By Drew Howard , President, HomePro, Inc. I try to stay unbiased and keep an open mind in writing these articles. I hope to educate you the consumer on the process of the home inspection. Whether a first time home buyer or someone who moves every couple of years there is always some- thing you can add to your toolbox of knowledge. If you are the realtor who is well seasoned in the business you should have a pretty good grasp of the home inspection process, inspectors in the area and their general knowledge of the business. In the last 6 months I have had an increase in questions from seasoned agents about inspectors not getting on roofs, crawling into crawl spaces, getting into attics, and checking appliances. This is one of those – “you have to be kidding me?” ques- tions. I would hope that inspectors would not be providing sub-standard service to their clients. In this article I will list the steps that should be per- formed in the home inspection. The home inspector should always start the inspection at the same place upon arrival at every home. That way there is a set pattern and a routine that can be documented on each and every home inspection. I always recommend either perform- ing a right hand sweep or left hand sweep of the property. This will keep you from being distracted and jumping from room to room. I always start from the top of the house and work my way to the basement or crawl space. The ASHI standards of practice sets forth what will be inspected. If the roof pitch is too steep or greater than 13 ft off the ground it is the inspector’s decision to determine if they want to walk the roof. The attic should always be entered unless there are unsafe or health and safety items noted. Each room should be inspect- ed, at least one window in each room operated and all accessible receptacles tested. The kitchen appli- ances should be tested unless the inspector detects any unsafe condition that would warrant him from turning on the appliance. The bathroom fixtures should all be tested to determine functional flow, drainage, and leaks. The HVAC equipment should be tested to include thermostat, inside and outdoor unit, and heat source in each room. The electrical panel cover should be removed and the identifica- tion of any unsafe wiring noted. The foundation should be inspected, all components on the exte- rior to include decks, and detached garages. The home inspection is to identify and note any prob- lems or unsafe conditions. A problem is defined as something that is not working or functioning as intended. The biggest weasel answer I hear from inspectors is something is grandfathered-in. If an item is unsafe or broken call it out and note it in the report. If you are an expert in the inspection business and write a report as your professional opinion don’t change your report over the phone by just saying it was your opinion and not state- ment of fact. Every article I encourage you as the purchaser to attend your home inspection. If you are not pres- ent you have no idea what was or was not inspect- ed. The home is the biggest purchase you will make. Please make every effort you can to attend your home inspection.