Are you buying or selling a home? Maybe you just want to know the overall condition of your present home. A professional home inspection can provide you with information regarding the condition of a house using a two-point process. First, we try to identify any significant or potentially significant defects that could ultimately affect your buying decision. Second, we try to identify any areas that will need near term repair as well as equipment or components that may be close to the end of its normal useful life, giving you a possible negotiating point, as well as allowing you to create short term and long term maintenance budget considerations before you buy your dream home.
What is a home inspection? Well, a home inspection is basically a professional, objective, comprehensive, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home and it's systems, often in connection with the sale of that home, requested either by the seller or the buyer. A home inspection can reveal issues such as:
Major defects including:
Major roof leaks
Smaller issues that can lead to major issues like:
Minor roof leaks
Safety Hazards like:
Missing or loose handrails
Missing GFI receptacles
A home inspection report is probably the most crucial piece of documentation that you as a potential buyer, current owner, or investor can have at your disposal. Our inspection report is a comprehensive evaluation that provides detailed information on the condition of a structure and its systems. We inspect more than 380 items around the home including the:
Exterior Home Components
Foundation - Interior and Exterior
Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
Attic, Basement, and Crawl Space
A Room-by-Room Review
...and much more.
A professional home inspection should be carried out by an experienced home inspector who has the special equipment and advanced training to carry out home inspections. A written home inspection report is then issued to the client by the home inspector.
A home does not "pass" or "fail" an inspection, as there is no score or passing grade given. A professional home inspection is a comprehensive examination and reporting of the current condition of a house and it's associated systems.
The type of inspection report that your home inspector provides is also an important consideration. A detailed, typewritten narrative report is far superior to a handwritten checklist report, and is much easier to understand. Ultimately, it is the inspector's qualifications, including his or her experience, training, and professional affiliations, and the type of report that he/she provides that should be the most important considerations, not the fee that is charged. In the end, you will get what you pay for.
It is not an appraisal. It is also not a municipal inspection which verifies local building code code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, does not pass or fail a house, but rather describes its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major or minor repairs or replacement.
This allows you to make an informed decision on your purchase, or gives you as a seller a better understanding of any conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector, and an opportunity to be proactive and make any repairs that will put your house in better selling condition.
First, call me, Mike, from Tri-County Home Inspection at (248) 420-7022 to set up an appointment. During the conversation I will ask you some details about the house to be inspected, and set a date and time for the inspection. I will also discuss the inspection fee, as well as answer any questions you may have about the inspection process.
After the appointment has been set up, you will be emailed an Inspection Agreement form. This agreement form gives a detailed explanation of what will be inspected during the Home Inspection as well as the terms and conditions of the home inspection. This is an industry standard agreement that protects both parties involved by stating what is expected form each. Providing you agree with the terms and conditions of the Inspection Agreement, we both must sign off on the agreement before the inspection is started.
Tri-County Home Inspection is an independently-owned Michigan-based company and is not associated or affiliated with any real estate companies or brokerage firms.
We Proudly Serve Communities In Oakland , Macomb , and Wayne Counties including:
Farmington Hills - Farmington - Utica - Rochester - Livonia - Northville - Grosse Point Woods - Fraser - Novi - Wixom - Walled Lake - Southfield - Lathrup Village - Berkley - Huntington Woods - Inkster - Ferndale - Garden City - Oak Park - Garden City - Westland - Rochester Hills - Commerce Township - Troy - Orchard Lake Village - Redford - Keego Harbor - Bloomfield Hills - West Bloomfield - Troy - Romeo - Franklin - Bingham Farms - St. Clair Shores - Beverly Hills - Royal Oak - Clawson - Madison Heights
Even though our name is Tri-County Home Inspection, we serve all of Southeast Lower Michigan. To serve our clients, as well as potential clients, we will gladly travel outside of our 'normal' service area, thus guaranteeing you an impartial and unbiased home inspection for your weekend or investment property. We have completed home inspections for our clients as far north as Petoskey, so give us a call when you're considering purchasing a new home or selling your existing one.