About Heading Home Inspections
So what exactly is a home inspection and why do I need one? Glad you asked. A home inspection is a non-invasive visual inspection of a structure completed by a qualified professional who is trained and has experience in evaluating all the components of a house. We follow InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics (see Services). Whenever possible we try to exceed those Standards to provide the clearest picture possible of the home. We inspect as much as we can, but offer no certainties about what might lie behind those beautifully adorned walls. Defects can show themselves in many ways you may not have thought of, or know too much about. We detail any possible defects, and more importantly, how those potential problems may affect you immediately and down the road. No home is perfect in nature, even new homes, so it is up to you to decide based on all factors if that home is right for you.
As the buyer, you are encouraged to be present for the inspection. This way you have the time to learn about the house itself and ask any questions about what is being observed or reported. Though not experts in specific fields like electrical or plumbing, a trained inspector knows where to look for the critical points of the structure, covering all aspects of the home. A detailed, line by line inspection report is then produced and in your hands in less than 24 hours. Time is of the essence in the contractual portion of the home buying process, and your inspection report can play a large role in your decision. A home inspection should focus on the following: clearly identifying any potential or significant defects that could affect the buying decision and identifying any items in need of repair or components reaching the end of their lifespan. This information will also help you to plan for future maintenance of the home. It is important to remember that we provide only a visual inspection – we do no drilling, digging, repair or destruction to the property.