What is a Home Inspection?

What is a Home Inspection?

The home buying process can be confusing and stressful. Not only do you need to consider things such as price and location, you also have to worry about whether the house itself has any areas of concern that could become costly surprises down the road.

An Accurate Home Inspection is an unbiased, professional assessment of the condition of the house at the time of inspection. It provides you an expert opinion and professional report on the condition of the physical structure and various systems within a house. Giving you peace of mind on what is likely the largest purchase you will ever make.

In order to prepare the report, Accurate Home Inspections must conduct a visual inspection of the house. The inspection process typically takes about 2 hours to complete. This of course may vary, according to the size and condition of the home. We strongly encourage you to be present for the inspection. This will give you a chance to ask questions and become familiar with the systems of the home.

We will inspect all the structural elements and systems of the home. Items that will typically be included in an inspection are:

  • Structure
  • Roof and attic
  • Garage area
  • Foundation
  • Drainage around the foundation
  • Electrical system
  • Plumbing system
  • Heating and air conditioning systems (weather permitting)
  • Kitchen
  • Bathrooms
  • Windows
  • Hot water tank
  • Septic inspections - We will contact the County to obtain a copy of the septic layout, if it is on file and we will supply you with the copy we receive.  We run water in the system to replicate normal living activities, locate the tank and drain field depending on the type of system (tank, lateral lines, aerobic, pond, etc.).  Dye may also be added if the inspector feels it is necessary.  The drain field lines are walked in a ladder pattern.  The findings will be conveyed on our report.

    Additional items and systems unique to a particular home can also be inspected.

    When the inspection is complete, we will inform you of any problems that were discovered and answer any questions you may have about the system.  We will also tell you about any routine maintenance that should be performed.  You will also receive an electronic report of the inspection with pictures inclusive.

    Our goal is to discover, and convey to you any findings, or concerns that may affect the property, and help you to make a more  informed decision. We will tell you about any problems we discover, and make repair recommendations. We will also inform you of what maintenance tasks are required to keep the home, and its systems in top condition.

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