Buying or selling a home? An inspection can help in today’s economy |

Buying or selling a home? An inspection can help in today’s economy

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Home inspections help you buy or sell your home with confidence and peace of mind. As trained professionals with an unbiased vantage, home inspectors uncover issues that may otherwise be overlooked. Home inspections provide invaluable help in turning you into a knowledgeable buyer or a confident seller – key in today’s economy.

Knowledge of a property helps prevent surprises. The best way to ensure that you are well informed about the strengths and weaknesses of a potential home is to get an independent Buyers Inspection. Professional inspectors are trained to identify problem areas that may have been overlooked by the previous owners and to identify those issues that may require immediate attention. Experienced inspectors are known in their community and are trusted to operate all a home’s systems including heating, plumbing and electrical. Inspectors operate appliances, check the foundation, attic and crawlspace, inspect kitchens, bathrooms, interior and exterior features. Roofs are inspected, drainage issues reviewed. A Buyers Inspection can take two hours to all day depending on the size of the home.

Sometimes referred to as a Pre-Listing Inspection, a Sellers Inspection is performed before you list your home, or soon after. A Sellers Inspection prevents last minute surprises and softens the stress of selling your home. All homes have strengths and weaknesses. We help you decide how serious a problem is, which issue must be addressed immediately, and which problems can wait. Having a Sellers Inspection can turn a “Looker” into a “Buyer”.

In a new home, the quality of construction may not be up to the same standards that you expect. Deadlines can crunch builders to complete projects. As each piece of the home is constructed, it is inspected by government inspectors. Once the home is completed, the varying components need to be tested as a whole. An independent inspector generates an unbiased punch list. A New Construction Inspection protects your purchase and prevents unpleasant surprises.

The job of the professional home inspector is to alert you, to the extent possible, to unknown problems and potential environmental hazards in your current or potential house. Home inspections are non-invasive visual inspections. While your inspector cannot tear into drywall or rip up flooring to see underneath, trained observations can reveal possible costly issues. Basic home inspections are no substitutes for specialized contaminant testing. Ask your inspector what is common for additional testing in your neighborhood. A home in Florida may be tested for termites, but a Summit County home is usually tested for radon gas.

Patrick Wathen and Joni Ellis are the owners of Independent Property Inspections, Inc., a member in good standing of NACHI (National Association of Certified Home Inspectors). Article content may be from a variety of industry sources. For more information about home inspections call (970) 468-9400 or visit

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