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Why Should I Have a Realestate Home Inspection?
A home purchase is one of the biggest investments you will ever make, and a home inspection from AAPEX Home Inspection services helps provide the information you need to feel confident about it. After receiving our thorough, objective report detailing the home’s condition, you’ll be able to make a smart, informed decision.
How Long Does an Home Inspection Take?
The home inspector usually takes two hours, depending on the size, age and condition of the home, and any additional services provided during the property inspection.
What is a Home Inspection?
The home buying process can be confusing and stressful. Not only do you need to consider things such as price and location, you also have to worry about whether the house itself has any hidden problems that could become costly surprises down the road.
As a Certified Home Inspector, its our job to look for those hidden problems during your home inspection. The Home Inspection is an unbiased, professional assessment of the condition of the house. It provides you an expert opinion and professional report on the condition of the physical structure and various systems within a house. Giving you peace of mind on what is likely the largest purchase you’ll ever make.
Do I need an Engineer or a Home Inspector?
You need a home inspector. When you hire a home inspector, you are hiring an experienced professional who has training and experience in the building industry. It is the job of the home inspector to not only evaluate the condition of the house’s major systems and structural integrity, but also to evaluate how these systems are working together and identify areas that need to be watched, repaired or replaced.
Do I need to be present at the home inspection?
While it’s not required it’s highly recommended that you be present throughout the inspection process. Our inspection not only includes identifying issues that are found in the home inspection but is also an education of how your home operates. By taking a proactive approach you will save money in the long run by knowing how to properly run and maintain your new home. Why spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars later when most of the time spending a small amount of money now will take care of most issues? Throughout the inspection process we show you how to maintain your home and offer solutions to minor problems that will most likely turn into big problems down the road.
Do I need a house inspection when my bank is having the home appraised?
Yes! A house appraisal is an independent evaluation of the current market value of a house or property. In general, the purpose of an appraisal is to set the current value of a house so that a lender may determine how much it can loan to the buyer. The appraiser looks at similar properties in the area and the prices at which they were sold to set the value of the house.
A house inspector conducts a thorough evaluation of the houses major systems and structural integrity. Whereas the appraiser is typically working for the bank, the house inspector is working for you. The house inspector identifies items that need replacement or repair prior to closing, which can save you thousands of dollars.
Will I receive a copy of the report?
Yes. The home inspectors report and copies for your realtor will be sent to you via email or by mail if you prefer. We write genuine authentic home inspection reports that are well constructed. Same day issued template reports do not provide the same level of detail about your potential home.
Why should I have the house inspected?
Many home buyers lack the specific knowledge, skill, experience, and emotional detachment that is required to conduct a thorough home inspection. At the time of most inspections, the majority of home buyers have previously spent an average of 20 minutes or less at the property. By hiring a home inspector, clients can gain valuable understanding of, and insight into, the physical condition of the house and especially whether or not there are any items not functioning as intended, that are in need of immediate repair, that might adversely affect the habitability of the house, or that might warrant further investigation by a specialized professional.
Is legislation needed?
Yes, the State of Michigan has no qualification standards or licensing requirements for home inspectors. This has led and will continue to lead to consumer abuse until something is done to correct this situation. Barbers, beauticians, real estate salespeople, auto mechanics and a whole host of other trades and professions are regulated by the state to protect citizens, why not home inspectors?
It is indeed time for our Michigan legislature to enact a meaningful licensing law to govern the qualifications, conduct and ethics of the home inspection industry. Please contact your state representative and voice your opinion.
Minimum standards of experience, ethics and performance need to be established and enforced.
To protect their citizens, other states have passed laws to regulate home inspectors. The State of Massachusetts has recently enacted a comprehensive regulation of the home inspection industry.
To see the type of legislation I believe we need here in Michigan, take a look at the new law in Massachusetts.
How do I choose a Home Inspector?
Call up and ask about their credentials and experience. If for some reason you don’t feel comfortable asking this of the inspector when speaking with them on the phone then how will you feel asking questions at the inspection. You must feel that the inspector is qualified, experienced and attentive of your needs.
What type of report do I receive and when?
You’ll receive your report within 48 hours and typically the very next day. You will receive access to you completed report via e-mail which will provide you with a link to your report on our secure report website. We also provide photos of any areas of concern and we include them in the report. Our report is easy to understand and is usually available the next business day.
Are you available to answer questions about the property or report after I close and move into the home?
Yes, we will be happy to assist you any way we can in clarifying the information we present in the report. Even after you’ve moved in and settled down to enjoy your new home. We’re always available to you, for as long as you own the home, to offer unbiased advice and recommendations.
Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?
Absolutely! New homes are routinely inspected. It is encouraged. We have never inspected a house where we didn’t discover defects. Examples of problems often found in new homes are: leaking water supply lines or drains, damaged roof shingles, broken or mal-functioning windows, furnaces and water heaters improperly vented (creating fire hazards), bathrooms vented into attics, floor and ceiling joists excessively drilled or notched, etc .
Why can’t I inspect the home myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. We are familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. We know how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.
Will the home inspection identify all problems?
Unfortunately, no. We are experienced at evaluating a home and follow clues to reveal defects however, some defects can go unnoticed for many reasons including personal items blocking/covering areas in the home and defects not evident on the day of inspection. A home inspection is a lot of work and if you select AAPEX Home Inspection to do your home inspection, I promise I will do my best to provide the best evaluation possible.
How do I request a home inspection?
You can call (313) 499-1199 anytime or schedule your inspection from this website.
Are all inspection reports the same?
No. While the most inspectors have established a minimum standards for inspections, reports can vary greatly. They can range from a “checklist” of the systems and components to a full narrative evaluation or any combination of the two. We receive complements on a regular basis about how our reports are thorough and easy to read. Our reports include photos of all found deficiencies and can include video if a defect can be better documented with it.
If, following the home inspection, the seller repairs an item found in the home inspection, may I have the Home Inspector perform a “re-inspection”?
Yes. Some repairs may not be as straightforward as they might seem. The inspector may be able to help you evaluate the repair, but you should be aware that the re-inspection is not a warranty of the repairs that have been made. We recommend getting a copy of any warranty from the contractor completing the repair.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
Is a home inspection a “code” inspection?
Although local codes and the IRC (International Residential Code) and various other references are consulted and often referenced, A home inspection is not a code Inspection.
Do you offer repairs?
No. AAEX Home Inspection only provides inspection services.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Absolutely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspection provided by AAPEX Home Inspection, and will have that information for future reference.
Who will actually perform the inspection?
Steve Johnson, the owner of AAPEX Home Inspection Services, is a Certified home inspector and a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). We are a a team of Certified home inspectors with over 25 years experience in the building trades. Each of my inspectors purposely selected and prove very knowledgeable and this knowledge is a key component in performing the inspection and creating your inspection report. We don’t use sub-contractors.
What about Radon?
Exposure to radon in the home is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. The EPA recommends every home be tested for elevated levels of radon. Radon is a serious health hazard. AAPEX Home Inspection Services can perform a professional radon test for you at the time of inspection. (Additional fees apply).
What about Asbestos?
Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. Older homes can often have asbestos. Common areas are: attic and wall insulation produced containing vermiculite, vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives, roofing and siding shingles, textured paint and patching compounds used on wall and ceilings, walls and floors around wood-burning stoves protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets, hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape. Asbestos fibers may be released into the air by the disturbance of asbestos-containing material during product use, demolition work, building or home maintenance, repair, and remodeling
What areas or locations do you serve?
We provide home inspections and testing services throughout the southeast Michigan area.
The home is being appraised/inspected by the FHA, VA or Rural Development. Is hiring a professional home inspector redundant or a waste of money?
It is a common error of equating an FHA inspector with a home inspector, when in fact, there are no similarities of any kind when comparing these two distinct professions.
An AAEX Home Inspection provides disclosure of visible property defects and spend several hours evaluating each home. We operate and inspect plumbing, heating and electrical fixtures; we crawl through the attic (if possible); we inspect the electrical wiring in breaker panels; test electrical outlets; and inspect the foundation crawlspace beneath each building. We evaluate fireplaces, test built-in appliances and verify compliance with numerous safety requirements. We review site drainage conditions, check for signs of faulty construction, and report on physical damage and substandard workmanship.
FHA inspectors do little, if any, of this. In fact, they are more correctly called “FHA appraisers.” Their inspection, when compared with an actual home inspection, is best described as a brief walkthrough. Basically, they look around, take measurements and note the apparent overall condition of the property. They operate nothing. They test nothing. They generally do not go on the roof; they do not enter the attic or crawlspace; and they do not determine functional conditions of fixtures.