About Our Home Inspection ServicesWe provide a wide range of home inspection services designed to meet the unique needs of the buyer, seller, home owner, or renter. Each inspection is thorough in the area(s) it covers. The client will always receive a written report after each inspection. It is too easy to forget information that is verbally conveyed. In general, the job of a home inspector can be summed up in two words: observe and report.
Buyer's InspectionWhen buying a home, this is the inspection you would order. It covers all visible systems and components of a home, with specific exceptions. Just as you would have a mechanic check over a used car before you buy it, a full Buyer's Inspection discloses the home's condition so you know what needs attention before you proceed to closing. Our reports are balanced. With each home the deficiencies, defects, and notable features are reported so you not only know what's wrong, but also how the house is exceptional.
Pre-Listing (Seller's) InspectionBefore putting a home on the market, it is wise to discover any material (serious) defects before potential buyers do. This is one of the best ways to protect your negotiating position and enable you to get as close to your asking price as possible. Two of the most expensive systems to repair are the roof and foundation-crawlspace (underfloor structure). Minimally, a Pre-Listing Inspection should address these. We also recommend adding the heating-cooling system, site drainage, garage, fire and safety, smoke detectors, electrical service panel, and bathroom floor structure. Leaks around the tub, shower, and toilet can compromise the floor structure without the seller knowing it. Make sure you know your home's significant issues before the buyer does.
Home Owner's InspectionSometimes a home owner will want to know the general condition of his home, either to decide what needs repair most urgently, or whether to repair or sell his home. A full Home Owner's Inspection encompasses everything a Buyer's Inspection does. Most often, a home owner will have a concern about one or more specific systems or components and want to know their condition. In our experience, this has most often been the roof. Too often, roofs are improperly installed using inferior materials and cutting corners that can cause them to age prematurely. The cost of a Home Owner's Inspection pales in comparison to the cost of repairing a defect that has been allowed to progress unchecked. The only thing we sell are house inspection services, so—unlike a contractor—we are not biased to try to sell you anything you don't really need.
Work-In-Progress InspectionThis type of inspection is the best “insurance” to make sure you get what you pay for when enlisting the services of a contractor. It ensures that the work done meets good building practices, and that the materials are of reasonable quality. It consists of two inspections. The first evaluates the work done. Deficiencies are noted in a report to be presented to the contractor for correction. The final inspection checks for correction of those deficiencies noted in the first report. Especially today, a Work-in-Progress Inspection (WIP) is your second-best guarantee that you won't get cheated or shortchanged by a contractor. Your first, of course, is hiring a reputable contractor to begin with. This is especially important with roofing.
Home Maintenance InspectionThis service is designed for the home owner who may not know what condition his home is in, and what may be on the verge of failing. While the Home Owner's Inspection is thorough and comprehensive, a Maintenance Inspection is a selective follow-up, scheduled annually or bi-annually to check specific focus areas that are prone to deterioration or wear, or may have been targeted in the first report. The first inspection will be the most expensive, since it will create a “map” of your home's condition. Thereafter, each follow-up inspection will be roughly 1/3 to 2/3 the price of the first one. If you ordered a Buyer's Inspection from Golden Eagle, your first inspection is paid for, since we have your home's “map” on file. A regular Maintenance Inspection is sound insurance against unwelcome and expensive “surprises” that can disrupt your living conditions and finances.
Renter's InspectionWhile a renter may not own his living space, he has to occupy it. So an apartment inspection or an inspection of any kind of rental housing, is a wise move. We have heard too many horror stories about heating systems that don't work, electrical safety issues, leaking plumbing, drafts and leaks around windows and doors, and a landlord who gives promises but no action. Know what you're getting into before you sign the lease agreement. While a Renter's Inspection is not as comprehensive as a Buyer's Inspection (to keep the cost down), it addresses issues that would affect habitability, safety, and comfort.
Inspection ExclusionsBy definition, a home inspection is non-invasive and not technically exhaustive. Thus, checks for lead paint, asbestos, water quality, air quality, radon gas, energy efficiency, and certain other conditions are not part of a standard inspection. These need to be investigated and corrected by the appropriate licensed specialists. Additionally, we can only report the possible presence of defects such as mold and wood destroying organisms (WDO's) which would be referred to the appropriate licensed specialist(s) for further investigation and correction.
EthicsBy law, your report is your exclusive property and is held confidential, along with all photographs taken during the inspection. We are forbidden to share any part of your report or photos with any other party without your express written permission. You, however, may freely share your report (or any part thereof) with whomever you wish.
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