Why A Home Inspection?
A properly performed home inspection is an excellent tool for you, the home buyer, to help determine not only the condition of the home, but to also help foresee any immediate, unnecessary additional repairs that may go unnoticed without the help of a home inspection. Home inspections are not a prediction of future performance, but can pinpoint existing problem areas and make “Improvement Recommendations”.
Q: What Will
How Long Will The Inspection Take?
Should I Be Present During The Inspection?
Q: Why An “Eagle
Eye” Home Inspection? Aren’t
All Home Inspectors Alike Since They Must Be Licensed In North
Carolina since 1996?
Eye Home Inspection report will fully describe each system
inspected and its condition at the time of the
inspection and advise the client if
REPAIRS are needed.
are suggested as well.
In addition, each issue noted in the AREAS
OF CONCERN section of your report is prioritized for you so
that you easily see which systems are in need of attention.
Eagle Eye Home Inspections has been a
pioneer in the use of COLOR PHOTOS in the report to help everyone clearly understand
what the inspector viewed during the inspection. It is our belief that, in the
end………… The Report is The Product.
Not Sold Yet?.......Go to the SAMPLE
REPORT and PHOTO
LIBRARY pages to see how your
EAGLE EYE HOME
INSPECTION REPORT can help you get the “big picture” of your home.
Can't I Do It Myself?
Maybe I Should Call A Licensed Tradesman
To Check Each System?
In addition, many tradesmen take the opportunity to
find problems which they can offer to correct in order to make
additional income. Your Inspector should never benefit by
offering to make repairs lest his credibility be compromised.
In addition, the licensed home inspector must take continuing education courses (currently 12 hours per year) that enable the inspector to keep current and abreast of changes in the materials and systems installations. General contractors and many other licensed trade (plumbing, heat/air) have no such requirement and neither do code enforcement (building inspectors) personnel that inspect during construction.
Another problem can arise due to the
“reporting” of defects. Only your licensed home inspector is
trained in how defects and maintenance issues should be reported and
differentiated for the purpose of a home purchase. Remember,
if you can’t use the information on your report because it is
vaguely written or inconclusive your inspection report is of very
How Do I Choose A Home Inspector?
Should I Choose An Inspector Who Will Make The Repairs After The
No one has a reason to trust any inspector who
hopes to gain from making repairs of problems he identifies during the
course of his “home inspection” report. The Professional Home
Inspector will NEVER offer or accept to make repairs for a fee
following his “home inspection” report. Any inspector who does is
only looking to find additional work in his primary trade.
Not only do You need
to be able to trust the Home Inspector’s report findings, you want the Seller to
be able to trust them as well. You would be wise to consider choosing
a different inspector.
A 1998 poll taken of licensees in North Carolina revealed that only 25% of the licensed inspectors earn their primary income as a result of working in the “home inspection” industry. Many of the remaining 75% use a home inspection service to find additional work in their “primary” trade..
What If My Inspector Misses Something?
Our guarantee of service is to provide you with the
inspection that meets the NCHILB’s STANDARDS
OF PRACTICE or YOUR MONEY BACK! It’s that simple.
My Inspector Says He Reports According to ASHI Standards. Is He
The North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board does
not review any home inspection “reports” of its licensees as a
standard procedure and does not require its licensees to
perform a minimum number of inspections and submit them for review
prior to licensing. Only
the American Society of Home Inspectors provides that assurance to the
public before accepting an inspector as a CERTIFIED MEMBER.
ASHI candidates may belong to the association but cannot, under
penalty of law, display an ASHI logo until having met all requirements
Memberships in other professional associations for home inspectors are “fee-driven” only and do not reflect a minimum level of knowledge or display of report-writing ability. Basically, except for ASHI, if you pay the membership fee….you’re a member. For credibility, choose an ASHI inspector with logo privileges.
Who Should Schedule My Inspection?
My Realtor® or Myself?
How Quickly Can I Get My Home Inspection Report After The
Can I Wait To Pay For The Inspection At The Closing Of The
For the very few cases where a client is unable to
pay for the inspection service at the time we will accept the
client’s V/MC as a security against payment at the closing, if
within 30 days of service.
This is the same procedure you follow when “reserving” a
hotel room or a rental car.
Don’t Most Home Inspectors Wait For Payment At Closing Just
Like The Realtor®?
There are far too many “white-wash” home
inspectors who will accept payment at closing.
Those “inspectors” (you’ve
seen them on 60 Minutes, etc.) may not disclose to you any information
that would cause you not to purchase the property.
Clearly, it would be in conflict with your interest for
you to request that the inspector be paid “from closing” without
providing the inspection company bonafide security (Visa/MasterCard)
equivalent to that which you are required to produce just to reserve a
hotel room. Sure,
your agent may have the names of many “inspectors” who will gladly
wait until your “sale closing” for payment.
But, do you really want one of them to inspect for you?
After all….you are sending them the message that you want to
purchase the home and they will only be paid if you close on the
OK. So How Much
Will A Home Inspection Cost?
Nicole@ee-hi.com to reach Nicole Edwards, Office Manager / Co-Owner
Tom@ee-hi.com to reach Tom Edwards, Lead Inspector
My Realtor® Says That They Can Get Me An Inspector That Charges A Lot
Less. Shouldn’t I Use Someone That My Agent Already
Knows And Save Money?
I’m Buying A Newly Constructed Home.
Should I Have A Home Inspection Before I Close On The Sale?
Also, remember that the code officials inspect
the home under construction without electrical power and water
pressure on the systems. The
home inspector will only inspect with electrical power
and water pressure on the systems.
When do you wish to find out you have a missing drain line,
loosely fitted condensate drain line (in the attic), or “reverse
polarity” on a receptacle circuit in your child’s playroom?
Do you want to know before you move in and place your furniture, or afterwards?
What about the driveway apron at the street?
If you are buying a house at the bottom of the hill on a
cul-de-sac it could make a big difference if the apron is not properly
could have all the rain water from the street down your driveway and
the city street department will not be responsible and probably
will not require the builder to correct the apron, which
is….to install the apron according to the city’s own regulations.
We know. We
have seen it happen. In
that case, the buyer was able to walk away and buy another property
and avoid all the drainage problems caused by the builder and the
city’s failure to enforce their own regulations.
Contrary to public belief, the code official is not
responsible for “code assurance” that all systems have been
installed properly. Most of
all, he is not responsible to you - the homebuyer.
Only the builder has that responsibility.
Let the home inspector be your advocate to discover the flaws
and “uncompleted” installations before you close.
I’m Selling My Home.
Should I Have A Home Inspection Before I Offer My Home For
My Home Is Listed For Sale And My Realtor Has A Warranty On The
Home And Its Systems. Do
I Still Need A Pre-Marketing Home Inspection?
All of the “home warranties” have provisions
for “pre-existing conditions” for which the warranty company is
not obligated to pay claims, especially the “free” warranties.
Although a warranty company has been known to pay a claim on a
pre-existing defect they are typically doing so just to keep a good
relationship with that particular realty company due to the volume of
business with that firm. It is
highly unlikely that any warranty company will pay a claim on a
pre-existing worn or defective roof, flashing, plumbing, electrical or
kitchen appliance. In some
cases they will pay for a “cracked heat exchanger” claim on a
furnace because no one can state assuredly when the heat exchanger
A pre-marketing inspection would provide you with the knowledge you so badly need before you accept an offer to sell your property for an agreed price. No seller wants to find out his roof is defective after he has accepted an offer and be required to pay for a roof or lose a sale. It’s like betting against the Buyer and the buyer has all the cards.