Why Home Inspections are Important

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Reasons you need to hire a Snohomish County Home Inspector

There are several reasons for home inspections, and they are all important. Home inspections are necessary before selling a house. If a house is for sale, the bank, buyer, or real estate agent will want a copy of the seller’s home inspection report. The report helps the parties involved negotiate the price of the home. 

Annual inspections of a house are a good idea to ensure your family is safe and protected from hidden dangers. As a homeowner, it is important to keep your house up to date with safety features and make sure things are running properly. It’s a responsibility that safeguards yourself, your family, and the community.

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Home Inspection Report helps the buyers and sellers negotiate the price of the home. 

We provide you the knowledge that you need to make practical decisions about the property of interest. We provide accurate details and fast access to the information when you need it most. We walk with you throughout the property and explain anything that needs attention.

 Home Inspection for Sellers

If you are selling a house, it’s important to fix the important issues that will help a buyer decide that it’s your house they want to buy. Your home inspection report will let the buyer know that you are upfront and honest about the home’s condition. 

If you don’t want to fix something, you can bargain with the buyer about a price reduction if they want to make the repairs. Once you have the home inspection report, the selling process speeds up the transaction process. Most often, the buyer pays for the report.

Your house will appeal more to buyers if you prepared ahead of time and repaired inspection report items. At Advantage Home Inspections, we are happy to provide sellers and investors with inspection reports for pre-listings.

Home Inspection for Buyers

If you are buying a house, the home inspection report gives you all of the buying power. You will know what to expect regarding the home’s upkeep. There won’t be any unanticipated financial expenses after your purchase. If there is extensive damage, the inspection gives you the ability to decide whether you really want to buy the house.

Home Inspection Information

The Washington State Legislature defines the Standards of Practice for Washington State Home Inspections and states what a home inspection is in finer detail.

 “The purpose of a home inspection is to assess the condition of the residence at the time of the inspection using visual observations, simple tools, and normal homeowner operational controls; and to report deficiencies of specific systems and components. Inspectors must perform all inspections in compliance with the SOP set forth by the Washington state department of licensing.”

The following list includes examples of items we may look for during the inspection. This list is not identical and may differ from the list we use at the time of service.

  • Electrical – An electrical inspection includes electrical circuitry, fuse boxes, main and sub electric panels, the safety of all wiring, switches, fixtures, and receptacles. There will be verification of the protection of all circuitry inside and outside of the house.
  • Exterior – We look at everything outside of the home, including balconies, carports, chimneys, eaves, facias, handrails, porches, protective coatings, sealants, windows, doors, soffits, steps, and trim.
  • Interior – The inside of the home inspection includes staircases, landings, stairways, the structure of walls, ceilings, doors, floors, closets, check for water damage, working smoke detectors, guardrails, kitchen, and bathroom cabinets and countertops.
  • Plumbing – A detailed look at plumbing includes water supply fixtures, faucets, drains, vents, water-heating systems, switches, main water shutoff valve, fuel valves, temperature, and pressure relief valves.
  • Structure – The home’s structure includes the visual components used to build the home, such as the walls, beams, joists, foundations, posts, floor framing, subflooring, trusses, the actual types of building materials, attic spaces, crawl spaces. Inside these spaces is where the inspector will also look for wood rot or attractive areas for pests and insects.
  • Fireplaces and stoves – We make sure the damper, hearths, flue, and flue liners are operating properly.
  • HVAC – All central air, heating units, air conditioning, heat pumps, and distribution systems are intact and working.

Common types of problems found:

  • Faulty wiring
  • Foundation issues
  • Mold
  • Pest and insect control
  • Roofing problems
  • water damage

Advantage Home Inspections are:

  • Certified Washington State licensed home inspectors.
  • Insured

Advantage Home Inspections are preferred Snohomish house inspectors. We have a 20+ year history of home contracting experience, home construction, and home inspection services. We are thorough, honest, and professional. We provide quality home inspections quickly and accurately. 

Call today for a free quote. (425) 232-3842

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