Why It’s Important to Have a Home Inspection

Any major investment deserves a clear, informed decision-making process—especially when it comes to buying a new home. Not just because of the size of the transaction, but because the home buying process can be both exciting and hectic. Some buyers, especially those purchasing a home for the first time, risk getting so wrapped up in it that they forget to cover one crucial base: the maintenance concerns and overall condition of their target property.

A home inspection gives buyers the vital information they need to make an informed investment decision, as opposed to a home appraisal, which is more meant for bank financiers looking to assess a property’s value so they don’t lend too much. Home inspections dive deep to identify a home’s most pressing short and long-term maintenance needs for things like electrical wiring, HVAC systems, plumbing, roofing, and foundational components.

To give you a better idea of the necessity of residential home inspections, here are several reasons why this process is so important for home buyers and sellers alike:

Debunking Assumptions About a Home

Too often, those involved in the home buying process rely on assumptions about a property based on its “looks” and age, especially when the abode in question is a new construction or has been “Totally or Partially Rehabbed” (Flipped). A newer home may have the most cutting-edge fixtures and equipment, but if they’re installed improperly, a buyer still risks being blindsided by costly repairs down the road and that goes double for a “Flipped” home with improper or no permits. A home inspector will test the functionality and durability of these key home components and give buyers a written report that specifically outlines any property issues.

Creating Negotiating Leverage for Buyers and Sellers

If a buyer has a written record of a home’s structural and maintenance issues, they can leverage that information to either negotiate a lower price or amend the price to accommodate for needed repairs—if the seller doesn’t agree to address those prior to closing a deal. A home inspection report also allows the buyer to insert terms in their purchase agreement that states the seller will assume responsibility for needed repairs, or at the very least, allow the buyer to back out of an agreement if serious structural or functional issues are identified during the inspection.

For the seller, a home inspection report can result in a daunting list of maintenance items or an affirmation of their home’s quality. If a seller ups their listing price based on a new, insulating roof they put in with the help of a metal roofing company in Madison, Wisconsin, or another area of the country prone to severe weather, a home inspection report would confirm the long-lasting strength and value of that feature—further justifying the uptick in price for prospective buyers.

Saving Money in the Long Run

The average national cost for a home inspection is just over $325. That figure can dip as low as $250 for smaller homes and condos, or rise as high as $500+ for larger estates. While it’s always hard to tack on additional expenses to an already expensive transaction, a home inspection is comparatively inexpensive compared to the maintenance costs and / or repairs a buyer could take on for issues they didn’t expect or identify themselves because of the lack of a professional inspection.

Since 2007 Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC has been one of the Metro Orlando and surrounding areas preferred Condo, Townhouse and Single Family Home Inspectors and has inspected 100’s of 1,000’s of square feet of Real Estate in this area. There’s simply no better option than Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. We provide comprehensive inspections and reporting on over 400 distinct home items to give home buyers and sellers the best assessment of a property’s durability and functionality.

To learn more and / or schedule your Advanced Look Home Inspection give us a call today at (407) 310-2828 – It will be the Best move you’ll ever make!

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*Home Inspection Areas include: Orlando, Kissimmee, Poinciana, Saint Cloud, Clermont, Windermere, Celebration, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Apopka, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Sanford, Deltona, Deland, Winter Park, Maitland, Casselberry, Longwood, Winter Springs, Oviedo, Avalon Park, Lake Nona

 

 

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Seven Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Home Inspection

Selling your home proved to be as complex as promised, but you’re making headway. You’ve hired an agent, created your listing, garnered some buyer interest, and even fielded a couple offers. Each day, you become a little more familiar with the expectations and complicated details of brokering a home sale, so you begin to feel like you’re in the driver seat of the whole process.

Then the rubber meets the road with your home inspection.

Though home inspection isn’t mandated in every state, it’s generally regarded as a crucial service that strengthens trust and reinforces transparency between buyer and seller. Prior to inspection, your focus as the seller rests on promoting your property’s history, architecture, fixtures, foundation, design, square footage, and energy efficiency; but until a third-party inspector verifies all those things, your claims are just that: promotion.

Most buyers and sellers understand this, and are happy to coordinate property inspections. However, if you’re selling your first home and unfamiliar with the inspection process, it can be difficult to know exactly how to prepare your residence. Even realtors can overlook certain details, which ultimately delays the inspection process because of miscommunications between the seller, buyer, and inspector.

To help ensure that your home inspection is seamless and satisfactory for all parties, we’ve created a list of tips for preparing your abode:

1. Leave the Keys

You want a home inspector who is thorough, but that’s impossible when he or she can only access select areas of your property. “Home inspection” is a bit of a misnomer since the process is an evaluation of your entire property—meaning your garage, any outbuildings, electrical boxes, circuit panels, and so on. If these areas are gated or locked and you’re not available to provide access, your home inspector could be left standing outside for minutes-on-end, trying to get a hold of you. What’s worse, your buyer may be waiting too.

Home sellers are often encouraged to not attend the inspection, so buyers feel more comfortable about asking candid questions or giving honest critique of the property. If you won’t be present, leave the keys with your realtor or the inspector.

2. Don’t Obstruct Inspection Areas

This can be tricky, especially if you’ve already begun packing certain sections of your home and staging those boxes. Anyone who’s ever lived in a home knows that a completely clutter-free space is a borderline pipe dream, but make sure to walk through priority areas to ensure that your home inspector will have unobstructed access. These areas depend on your floor plan, but could include crawl spaces, basements, air handler/furnace and water heater areas, electrical panels, and the space directly below an attic hatch.

3. Expect On-Time Arrival, Anticipate Early

Home inspections can be difficult to schedule, especially if the buyer, seller, and their respective agents want to be on site during the process. That’s a lot of busy schedules to account for—not to mention the inspector’s own itinerary. Spending the first 5-10 minutes of your inspector’s visit clearing furniture, boarding pets, or stashing kids’ toys may result in the same loss of time than a 5-10-minute discussion about your A/C’s maintenance history, but the former is much more frustrating for all parties because it’s an undue delay of the inspection process.

Best practice is to have your home ready for inspection a day out, but if you’re pressed for time, 15-30 minutes prior will suffice. The sooner you kick off the inspection, the more time you, your buyer, or their agent will have to closely examine your property and ask follow-up questions.

4. Supply All Past Maintenance Documentation

Home inspections are much smoother processes when your inspector has a well-rounded idea of your property’s renovation and maintenance history. Knowing when a certain fixture or section of a home was repaired or remodeled will help your inspector assess its long-term durability and structural integrity. If your inspector has worked with those remodelers or maintenance technicians before, he or she can make a real-time assessment of workmanship quality. Supplying project invoices and other documentation to your prospective buyers will also give them added peace of mind since they know the full history of the work you’ve commissioned for the property.

5. Pilot Lights Lit, Utilities Turned On

Some of the biggest focal points of any home inspection are key appliances like the water heater, air conditioner and furnace; but if your pilot light isn’t lit, it’s impossible for your inspector to conduct a full assessment. The same goes for all the utilities, like electricity, gas, and water. Some buyers may not ask to see every nook, cranny, and crawlspace, but every buyer will want to verify the performance of what could be their next HVAC and hot water source. If that can’t be done during the initial inspection, your buyer will likely want to reschedule to a time when it can and oh, what a waste of time this first inspection has been for all who’ve scheduled to be here. BTW who’s going to foot the bill for the inspector? It’s not the buyer’s fault you forgot to have the utilities turned on.

6. Clear Exterior Obstructions

If you recently installed a stunning set of windows, or your home sports a state-of-the-art roof from a well-known roofing company nearby and you want it to catch buyer eyes during the inspection, make sure to trim any neighboring branches, bushes, or shrubs that may block the sightlines you’re looking for.

Abrasive contact from branches and coarse foliage can cause unsightly scuffing in the short term, and even worse, structural concerns over time. For example, traditional asphalt shingle roofs are often protected by a granular coating, but those grains can be gradually rubbed away or eroded through constant contact with tree branches or exposure to extreme, inclement weather.

7. Block Out at Least 2-3 Hours for the Inspection

If you’ll be there on inspection day, make sure to choose a date that isn’t loaded with previous engagements or overdue errand runs. If you’ll be away when the inspector arrives, assume that the process will take several hours—at minimum. If you have small children or pets, plan accommodations for them. A stack of moving boxes directly beneath an attic hatch is enough of an obstacle for your inspector; much more so if it’s your pet wanting to stave off cabin fever with a game of fetch. Hard to resist, but your inspector still has a job to do.

Most home inspections may only take two hours or so, maybe less, maybe more. It just depends on the house but it’s good to plan for the additional hour to give ample time for follow-up examination or questions. Remember, the ultimate goal is a thorough assessment and report for your buyer.

It’s one thing to make the proper accommodations for your home inspector; it’s another to guarantee that your home inspector will do the same for you. If you’re buying or selling a home in Central Florida, you’ll never have to wonder about the latter with Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. We’ve performed thousands of pre-purchase inspections throughout the Metro Orlando, Kissimmee, and the surrounding areas* to ensure that our customers have all the information they need to make the most informed decisions possible.

Don’t leave your home investment to chance with just any local inspection service! Trust our certified, licensed, and insured professionals. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (407) 310-2828.      It will be the Best move you’ll ever make!


*Home Inspection Areas include: Orlando, Kissimmee, Poinciana, Saint Cloud, Davenport, Clermont, Windermere, Celebration, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Apopka, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Sanford, Deltona, Deland, Winter Park, Maitland, Casselberry, Longwood, Winter Springs, Oviedo, Avalon Park, Lake Nona 

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Our Second First Blog Post

This is actually my first blog post for Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. Our first blog post was done by some SEO guys that didn’t know much about what a Home Inspector was or did so I’ve decided to give this a whirl.

I don’t know how much time I will have to devote to this as inspecting, answering the phone, doing the books and everything else I do as a small business owner does takes up a lot of ones time but I’m sure I will get out a few blogs here and there.

To start off I’d like to announce some Exciting News … In September of this year we at Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC will be celebrating our 10th anniversary in business!

Wow 10 Years we’ve been here in the Metro Orlando / Kissimmee / Seminole, Lake & Volusia Counties inspecting homes and yes we’ve met & helped a lot of nice people and had a lot of fun doing it. We were even awarded the Best Businesses of Orlando Award in the Home Inspectors category for Two years in a row. –

We have two websites our main website AdvancedLookInspections.com  and MyOrlandoHomeInspector.com .

And one phone number – 407-310-2828

So when you’re ready to purchase your next home in Orlando or the surrounding areas* remember to contact Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC for your pre-purchase Home Inspection.            It will be the Best move you’ll ever make!

Two Time Winners of the Best of Orlando Home Inspectors Award


*Home Inspection Areas served include: Orlando, Kissimmee, Poinciana, Saint Cloud, Davenport, Clermont, Windermere, Celebration, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Apopka, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Sanford, Deltona, Deland, Winter Park, Maitland, Casselberry, Longwood, Winter Springs, Oviedo, Avalon Park, Lake Nona 

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