Buying a new home is probably the biggest investment you'll ever make. And it's a decision that will affect you for years to come. The process can be extremely stressful and confusing. And of course, there is always considerable risk involved when making such a large purchase decision. Your first step to success is to secure the services of a qualified licensed Realtor. After you and your Realtor have found your home, a professional home inspection will significantly reduce your risk and help make the entire home buying process easier and less stressful. We really enjoy helping our clients in this process, and customer service is our highest priority. We are members of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) the Virginia Association of Real Estate Inspectors (VAREI) and we are Virginia State Board Certified Home Inspectors. Remember, in the state of Virginia, there are no current required regulations or standards to perform home inspections. One must be licensed to sell real estate or even cut hair in this state, but you don't have to be licensed, certified, schooled, qualified, have knowledge of homes, or carry insurance to practice as a Home Inspector. At this point, the Virginia Certified Home Inspector is a voluntary program, and many home inspectors have not passed the State Board Exam, shown proof of insurance, inspection experience & classroom hours. Many home inspectors call themselves "certified" because they have a certificate issued by one of the many "matchbook cover" home inspector organizations out there. You know the ones, just send us your money, take an online "exam" and we'll pronounce you "Certified." Ask the home inspector if they are Virginia State Certified. As of July 2003, it is illegal for a practicing home inspector in Virginia to say that they are "certified" unless they are Virginia state board certified. To verify that your home inspector is truly certified, go to www.dpor.virginia.gov then to "License Lookup" and click on the box "Home Inspectors." If you inspector doesn't appear in the state web site, they are not Certified Home Inspectors. Rest assured that we at Inspector Homes. Inc. are State Certified.
We strongly encourage all of our clients to accompany us during the inspection. You should feel free to ask the inspector any questions you may have during the inspection process. The inspector will point out problems and explain them to you. The inspector will also show you the good points of the house as well. Plus, we will explain what routine maintenance is needed to keep the house in top condition. This will help you to get the most benefit from the inspection and gain the most understanding of the systems that make up your home, and how to maintain it. We inspect every home as if we were buying it ourselves.
Our inspections take an average of 2.5 - 3.5 hours, depending on the size, age & condition of the home. When the inspection is complete, you'll get a detailed, comprehensive computer generated report that is easy to understand. We can also incorporate digital photography for your convenience. Everything identified during the inspection will be included in the report.
Armed with the information our report will provide, you can make your decision with confidence.