A professional Home Inspection will help you make an informed
decision on purchases, costly home repairs and more.
Whether you are buying or selling a home, or thinking about costly upgrades or repairs, a professional home inspection from Green Gables will provide you the information you need to make an informed decision about your future home purchase, or detect maintenance and safety issues that exist with your current home you need be aware of.
Green Gables home inspections typically range from 2-3 hours long depending on the size of the house and you are more than welcome to follow along during the inspection.
First and foremost, your inspection will not be rushed and you will be provided a detailed written inspection report, including a clear and concise summary of any significant items identified during the inspection.
Pre-Purchase Home Inspection
A thorough inspection of the home you are about to purchase, including, but not limited to:
- Exterior doors
- Attached decking
- Stoops/ Steps/ Porches and all associated railing
- Eaves/ Soffits/ Fascias
- Grading / surface water drainage
- Foundation walls
- Structural components
- Roof covering
- Other penetrations
- The water supply
- Drainage and waste system
- Distribution systems (fixtures and faucets).
- Proper water pressure and flow
- Leaks, dripping, clogged pipes, proper sewage flow,
- Drain fixtures
- Water heater, vents, flues and relief valves
- Service drop
- Service entrance conductors, cables and raceways
- Service equipment and main disconnects
- Service grounding
- Interior components of service equipment and sub panels
- Over current protection devices
- Lighting fixtures
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)
Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
- Functionality and safety
- Proper venting
- Stairs and railing
- Installed cabinetry
- Garage doors (garage door operating system as well)
- Insulation and Ventilation
- Fireplace (including flue and chimney)
Non Purchase or Sale Related Inspections
Many times, defects may be occurring that are not readily apparent. Similar to an annual physical with your doctor, home owners find benefit in identifying an issue in its early stage of development, so that it can be addressed early on. This can result in being much less costly than when treating at the point of major breakdown. An example would be water ingress. Caught early enough, the fix could be something as simple as minor re-grading of compacted soil at the base of the foundation in order to move water away from the house vs experiencing a flooded basement during a heavy rain period.
Green Gables offers a program of “annual tune up”. After the customer has their initial inspection, we will return yearly to do an abbreviated inspection of areas identified as potential future trouble spots and confirmation that recommendations identified from previous inspection (if implemented) were effective in addressing the issue. The cost of the annual tune-up inspection will be 25% of a new inspection cost.
Seller Certified Home Program (Pre-Listing Inspections)
Listing inspections are very good for the homeowner who may not be in tune with the condition of their home. A great many sales are cancelled due to the buyer’s shock at the “functional condition” of the home. It may look great, but have serious technical, safety, or functional issues present without the owner’s knowledge. Having the home inspected prior to placing on the market is the ideal way to identify and either repair or disclose the issue found in the Inspection Report. Obviously, repairing the items would be the most beneficial towards completing the sale. However, there may be financial reasons where the owner can’t make the repairs. Disclosing them up front and pricing the home based upon that disclosure will often times produce a higher net sales price for the owner.