Don’t Forget About Us!

April 15, 2012

We’ve been busy this Spring and do not want you to forget about us!  We are still working hard to meet all of your home inspection needs this season.  Having mold issues?  Wonder if your home’s foundation is sturdy enough to last the next several years?  Afraid you and your family are suffering from radon inhalation?  CALL LHI!  We are here to help you and your home!

Check out tips on your next home inspection below!

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When buying or selling a home, it is important to know what you are dealing with.  Home inspections can offer homeowners and buyers the chance to get more for their money.  Is the house in good condition?  Will it need a lot of work in one area within the upcoming years?  What damage has been done and has it been repaired properly?

Home inspectors can easily answer each of these questions and can refer you to other resources needed for a successful inspection.

What is checked during a home inspection?

During a general home inspection, the overall house is checked for damages.  Here at Lewis Home Inspection, the following aspects of every home is inspected:

  • Structure
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Water Heat Equipment
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Exterior
  • Roof
  • Interior
  • Garage

Inspectors can also be licensed to do more advanced services.  Radon testing and termite inspections are just two other assessments that can be conducted.  Others include:

  • Mold Inspection
  • Infrared (IR) Scanning Service
  • Septic System Testing
  • Septic System Maintenance Review

Who should inspect my home?

Quite often, the real estate agent that you use to buy or sell your home has a list of inspection companies that they have worked with previously and who they trust.  Agents often want the best for their buy or seller and will work to find a trusted inspection company that will fully disclose information to the client.  If a home inspector finds a problem that they themselves are not certified to handle, they will direct the home buyer/seller to the correct company.  Trust that your agent will direct you to a trusted home inspection company.

When should I get an inspection?

The best time to get a home inspection is when you are interested in buying or selling your home.  Prior to putting your home on the market, have an inspector look for anything that may affect the selling price of your home.  If there is anything wrong with your home, you can have it fixed prior to selling, allowing you to increase the selling price and value of your home.

Before buying a home, you will also want to have it inspected.  After placing an offer on a house, have it inspected to look for any damages that may allow you to negotiate a better price for the home.  You may also find that your dream home is not what you expected.  Have your agent put this in the contract of your new home, making your purchase obligation is based on the findings of the inspection.

Trust your agent and your home inspector and you will be able to save money in the long run when it comes to buying or selling your home this year.

Read up a little more on our services on our website: lhinspection.com.

 

Seller Disclosure is the responsibility of the seller to reveal problems with the property to any potential buyers. It is also the seller’s duty to disclose problems to the buyer that the seller should have known about. A statement must be created and signed by the seller addressing each problem.

Seller Disclosure is only required in certain states, and New Jersey is not yet one of them. This policy is easily spreading across many states because seller disclosure reduces liability. This is because if a seller tells potential buyers about all problems in the home, the buyers cannot deny they were told the information later. When a seller discloses the problems upfront, the buyer cannot file a consumer fraud suit which can be very costly to the seller. It is very beneficial to the seller to reduce the liability of the house so they can sell quickly and efficiently while also selling the house for the best possible price.

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In addition, this brings to attention the importance of a professional home inspection.  A professional home inspector can recognize problems and provide affordable solutions to the seller. The inspector produces a home inspection report with a list of all the issues found in the home. It is always less expensive to handle a problem when it is addressed rather than waiting or hiding the information. If a seller chooses to wait and the buyer finds out about a problem, they may ask for most accredited repairs. It becomes very expensive for the seller when the buyer asks for the top-of-the-line appliances and repairs.

Benefits

A pre-inspection home is a service in which a home is inspected prior to listing. This ensures that all repairs are paid for before the buyer purchases the home. This service has many benefits including economic repairs, higher selling prices, and a faster selling process. A pre-inspected home has advantages for the buyer, real estate agent, and seller making for a better sale all around!

When an inspector inspects the home before listing, all economic repairs can be found and attended do in an efficient way. The seller has time to shop around for the best prices and services for the repair. Normally a buyer may ask for nearly twice the repair cost in a credit and the seller obeys to guarantee the sale. This can prevent objections over repairs during the negotiation process. Real estate agents don’t have to worry about the deal falling apart after the contract has been signed. Having the repairs paid for in advance is ideal and makes the house seem more appealing for potential buyers. The home inspector can make suggestions to the seller to permit the house to be more attractive. In addition, if the seller decides not to handle the repairs they can display the repairs in a disclosed document.

Although this service may appear to be a hassle for the seller, it can prove to be worth every penny when the selling process is quick and proficient. The seller can choose to use an ASHI inspector at a time convenient to them instead of being forced to use the buyer’s choice of an inspector. The seller can also correct any misstatements in the report before any buyers have the opportunity to view it.  During a pre-inspection, the number of buyers can potentially increase which in turn can increase the selling price. It can give the seller the highest price in the shortest amount of time. Having an inspection report from a certified inspector will help the seller determine a realistic sale price. In this economy with growing competition it is practically essential for seller’s to have their house stand out among others.

In addition to benefiting a seller, a pre-inspection helps the buyers by increasing their confidence. First, the inspection is completed so the buyer does not have to search for a good inspection, schedule, attend, or pay for an inspection. If a buyer sees a property with a clean report they will be more likely to pursue the deal and move ahead. The buyer can feel assured that there will not be any surprises in the deal. When a buyer sees that all repairs are handled prior to listing, they can feel more comfortable in spending the asking price of the property. A pre-inspection property eliminates the excess costs and hassle included in an inspection completed after the listing.

Pre-surveyed homes is a real estate marketing company provide a property prospectus which is uploaded to your listing page. In the prospectus all positive attributes are highlighted. Photos are provided for all of the property upgrades. The company offers a home warranty coverage which adds to the buyer’s confidence. It is suggested that you combine this service with a virtual tour to provide every buyer the ultimate property description and visual enhancements to help you market your home.