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Why Inspect? - Better information gives you more peace of mind regarding building conditions. Is your investment going to be a time and money pit?  This is where a skilled inspector's knowledge and experience is priceless, as long as the inspector is willing to tell you everything. 

What needs to be inspected? - See below: A good inspection covers the following areas.  It is below and just after: Yes, you can perform your own inspection

On a brand new, newly built house - Builders and sale agents like to say. "Why waste money on an inspection  - the city "inspected" it."  

Buyer Beware! The city inspects for local code compliance, and they do a reasonable job of it to meet their standards. However, we find so much more wrong with new construction that code does not adequately cover. We typically complete a lengthy punch list with our client of what together we saw and discussed during the inspection. Clients are no longer surprised by conditions and any less than satisfactory workmanship observed. 

Smarter buyers who are building a custom home hire us to perform a series of new construction inspections starting with a review of the blue prints and job specifications, (where many of the problems start). We can also witness the foundation installation as well as the rough-in inspection, (before insulation is installed and hides everything).  Many clients use our services just for the final walk-through,  (before closing and occupancy), and also to inspect before expiration of the builder's warranty.  If need be, we are our client's witness to fact in court or arbitration.  We document the findings and we can assist your attorney when needed.  About 10% of all new construction projects result in a major conflict between the builder and the client. We help prevent and resolve issues. We are also an excellent and independent source of information about how things should be constructed.

On an existing house - Smart buyers know a good inspector will have insightful information about the home and find many things normally missed by even knowledgeable home buyers, (such as landlords, house flippers and licensed building remodelers).

Inspections allow you to make a better purchase decision. You will learn and see a lot during your inspection, even if you are doing it yourself.  Using a qualified inspector however, provides you an experienced set of eyes to look closely at your home's conditions.  You can discuss the conditions observed and their importance. The more skilled the eyes, the better.

A skilled inspector, such as an AwfullyPicky.com - inspector, performs a thorough and systematic inspection, and communicates the findings to you in a meaningful way.  The inspector's expertise, routine and process quality controls helps assure a complete viewing of the home's components. The inspector's unbiased and professional techniques, along with extensive knowledge helps you understand the conditions observed. Problems identified can then be addressed with the seller, real estate agents, or other professionals. A hard nosed inspection and inspector will provide you better and more information than an inspector who performs a "soft" inspection. Many inspectors perform soft inspections, but will not admit it. At AwfullyPicky.com, "we care". "No soft, average, or run of the mill inspections here". 

Landlords and property investors use our services regularly. They do not regret hiring AwfullyPicky.com and paying the extra money for an inspection, even though they too have extensive knowledge to fully assess property conditions themselves.  They know the AwfullyPicky.com - inspector does not have the emotional attachment to the investment they are about to make.  They know they can be blinded or overlook serious or costly conditions that will eat up time and money. They also like to bounce their thoughts off another professional and you can do likewise.

Yes, you can perform your own inspection 

Look at and inspect all of the areas listed immediately under: A good inspection covers the following areas:.  Bring friends, and to control the chaos, tell them they are only to talk about the conditions they see in the areas listed below.  They are not to discuss cosmetics for fear they will not look or talk about anything else.  They are to discuss with you what they think are the ramifications of what they see.  Take good notes and plan to get dirty.

If you feel during your inspection that you do not have the knowledge or qualifications, or you need further information, contact an expert.  Usually the services of an electrician, foundation repair service, furnace/ air-conditioning, plumber, arborist, chimney cleaning and repair service, carpenter, professional engineer, and roofer will be helpful. Other professionals and skilled trades people can add further assistance and expertise.  Plan and schedule their follow-up visits with the home owner.  Plan initially for several hours to fully understand and inspect the home and add time for each expert.  Be aware that the seller will be skeptical of your findings and upset with the time and effort expended.  Keep your eyes open.  Bring ladders and tools. Take good notes. Carry adequate insurance.

Good Luck, and what ever you do, don't break a leg!!!

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A good inspection covers the following areas: 

At AwfullyPicky.com Home Inspection, we go, and look at things and conditions many other inspectors do not. We inspect all the following and more. We look at conditions with regard to health, safety and habitation as well as energy efficiency.  Most inspections do not cover such an extensive purpose within the scope of observing conditions, but it makes a big difference when disaster may strike. "Experience the Difference!!!"  We teach the art, science and ethics of professional Inspection.

STRUCTURE - the home's structural components including the foundation, crawlspace, basement, floors, walls, ceilings, roofs, and columns and posts.

EXTERIOR - the home's exterior wall cladding, flashing and trim, entryway doors and a representative number of windows, any garage door operators, any decks, balconies, stoops, steps, areaways, and porches & railings, eaves, soffits and fascias, any vegetation, grading, drainage, driveways, patios, walkways and retaining walls with respect to their effect on the condition of the building. The inspector operates all accessible entryway doors and representative number of windows including any garage doors, manually and/or by using permanently installed controls of any garage door operator, (and some common area items in condominiums, co-ops and apartment buildings.).

ROOFING - the roof coverings and material, roof drainage system, flashing, skylights, chimneys and roof penetrations.

CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING - the cooling and air handling equipment, the operating controls, and distribution system. The system, if operated, is done so following the manufacturer's requirements and using the normal operating controls provided. The outdoor temperature needs to be 65 degrees or higher to test operate, and the compressor unit has to be exposed to a minimum temperature of 60 degree Fahrenheit for the past 24 hour period. Below this temperature, the liquefying coolant can cause extensive compressor damage. Note, some inspectors risk operating systems below this temperature and the resulting damage may be hidden and unknown for a time.

ELECTRICAL - the service entrance conductors, service equipment, grounding equipment, main over-current device, main and sub distribution panels, amperage and voltage ratings of the service, branch circuit conductors, their over-current devices, and the compatibility of their amperage and voltages. Observe the operation of a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles located inside the home, garage, and on its exterior walls. Observe the polarity and grounding of all readily accessible receptacles within 6 feet of interior plumbing fixtures, in the garage or carport, and on the exterior of inspected structures. Operate any and all readily accessible Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters and arc fault interrupters. Determine general condition of wiring and techniques followed. Remember, electrical code is the minimum safety standard.  Many homeowner wiring techniques do not meet minimum code and would not pass a final code inspection.

HEATING - the permanently installed heating system equipment including solid fuel heating devices, normal operating controls, automatic safety controls, chimneys, flues, and vents along with the distribution system equipment including any fans, pumps, ducts and piping, with supports, dampers, insulation, air filters, registers, radiators, fan coil units, and convectors, and the presence of an installed heat source in each exterior room.

PLUMBING - the interior water supply and distribution system including piping materials, supports and insulation, faucets and fixtures and looked for functional flow, leaks, cross connections, water closet flush valves and bidet, hose faucets, interior drain, waste, and vent piping and associated supports and pipe insulation were observed as well as its functional drainage and any signs of leaks, hot water systems including the equipment, normal operating controls, automatic safety controls and chimneys, flues, and vents, fuel storage and fuel distribution systems including interior fuel storage equipment, supply piping, venting, and supports and any associated leaks, and the sump and sump pump and safety lid and backup system. The inspector operates all plumbing fixtures, including their faucets and all exterior faucets, (weather permitting), attached to the house.

INSULATION & VENTILATION - the insulation and vapor retarders and barriers in unfinished spaces, (where accessible), ventilation of attics and foundation areas, and venting systems of kitchen, bathroom, and laundry.

CHIMNEYS, FLUES & FIREPLACES - chimneys, flues, and dampers along with fireplace firebox, smoke chamber, dampers, mantles, hearth, and visible flue linings and stack.

INTERIOR - the walls, sumps, ceilings, floors, steps, stairways, balconies, and railings, counters and a representative number of cabinets, doors and windows. Also observed separation walls, ceilings, and doors between a dwelling unit and an attached garage or another dwelling unit and sumps.

*Required by the American Society of Home Inspectors, www.ashi.com, The American Association of Independent Home Inspectors, www.aaihi.com, and the National Association of Home Inspectors.

Your AwfullyPicky.com master inspector is ready to assist you with a thorough inspection.
Call Jerry at 248.
224.0258 to schedule a convenient appointment.

Other inspections - buyer, seller, new construction & specialty inspections

Buyer's Inspection (pre-purchase house, condominium, or manufactured home inspection) - a visual inspection that provides you with information about the condition of the home you are buying. Smart buyers include an inspection contingency clause in their purchase offer, such as, "This purchase offer is contingent upon buyer obtaining, at buyers expense, a professional inspection report on the property within 10 days. If such report is unsatisfactory, buyer can cancel this sale within two days of the completion of the inspection and obtain an immediate and full refund of the good faith, earnest, deposit money."  Have your lawyer write the clause for your offer.

Seller's Inspection (pre-listing or pre-sale) - provides you with:

The sellers inspection findings often surprise the homeowner. Many times the conditions observed would easily cause buyers to not make an offer and walk away.  Sellers receive vital information to assist in making to sale.  Repairs or improvements can be made prior to listing the house for sale.  Responses to questions about known conditions can be planned and rehearsed for maximum positive effect.  The selling homeowner thereby avoids unnecessary delays and surprises when selling their home.

Limiting the scope of the Seller's Inspection to only certain components further protects the seller from having to disclose all conditions including smaller defects and some unsatisfactory conditions.  The inspector does not make the seller directly aware of these conditions, but provides the seller methods to determine their existence and decide on whether to take action.

Your inspector is a witness to fact about conditions before the sale. This can be helpful if problems occur after the sale.  Buyers may claim you had knowledge and may put forth "evidence" of a pre-existing condition. Your inspector will have witnessed the actual conditions.

You will be alerted to various inspection approaches that may be followed by the buyer's "inspectors". This will allow you to better anticipate the results and prepare for the inevitable questions.  Any blemishes that need explanation can be honestly discussed without miscommunication and hurt feelings.

Call Jerry at 248.224.0258 to schedule a convenient appointment.  
 

Staging consultation - provides you with our review and opinion of your property.  We consult with you and later supply you a written report on what we suggest to do or not to do in presenting your home for sale.  Clients find this a valuable service that minimizes headaches.

New Construction Inspections (blue print-pre-construction, foundation, mid construction, pre-closing and warranty expiration inspections) - a visual inspection to produce a punch list of items that can be taken to the builder.  Builders provide limited warranties with new construction and the inspector can help you identify concerns that may need to be resolved before its too late or too costly to change.  Your inspector can assist you with information about the condition of the home at various phases of construction. The inspector can answer the multitude of questions that arise from the planning stage through to completion. You will better know what is acceptable quality and workmanship, and why.

Partial inspections - Your AAwful Picky master inspector is qualified and ready to assist you in a great many other ways regarding construction, home ownership and maintenance. Some other services provided include, radon testing, potable water sample processing for analysis, (lead, nitrate, coliform, other), septic system inspections, , wood destroying organisms, repair and maintenance schedules and punch lists. Independent foundation inspections many times resolve water issues quickly.

Specialty inspections - Your AAwful Picky master inspector is qualified and ready to assist you in a great many other ways regarding building conditions. Several tenants annually have us successfully inspect their homes in the hope of having landlords repair or release them from their rental agreements.

Your AAwfulPicky.com master inspector is ready to assist you with a thorough inspection.
Call Jerry at 248.224.0258 to schedule a convenient appointment.