Home Inspection

Home Inspections Kennewick

Dennis CollierSince a home is likely to be your biggest investment, knowing the condition of your home is essential. Whether you’re planning to purchase a property or already own one, a home inspection can help you make some important decisions. The home inspection professionals at Home Inspections Plus offer a range of services designed to take the worry out of purchasing or owning a home.

Home Inspections Plus of Kennewick offers:

  • Buyer inspections
  • Home warranty inspections
  • New construction inspections
  • Preventative maintenance inspections
  • Re-inspections
  • Seller inspections
  • Structural pest inspections

Importance of Home Inspections

Knowing the true condition of a property can help you decide whether to purchase it, how much to offer for it, whether to seek contingencies, and what kind of repairs the home will need, both immediately and in the longer term.

New Construction Inspections

New construction inspections can be especially important. Although municipal inspectors typically inspect new construction at several key points during the building process, the smart buyer doesn’t rely on the municipal inspections alone. Municipal inspectors can miss significant defects that can cause major problems, or shorten the life of critical systems in the home. Getting a builder to correct these defects after you’ve taken possession of the home can be next to impossible. A new construction inspection is a comprehensive examination of the home that can help spot deficiencies before you complete a purchase.

Following a sale, a home warranty inspection can allow you to evaluate the condition of your home to determine whether covered defects have appeared during the warranty period. Being able to make a warranty claim on a home during the coverage period can save tens of thousands of dollars in repair expenses.

Homeowners can also benefit from periodic preventative maintenance inspections. These comprehensive inspections examine the major structural, electrical and mechanical systems of a home to determine how best to address routine maintenance. What condition is the roof in? How long will the furnace last? Is the water heater in good shape? Is the insulation still performing adequately? Knowing the “as-is” condition of your home can also help you spot and correct problems while they’re still manageable. Preventative maintenance conducted at the right time can extend the life of your home and maintain its value over time.

The home inspection professionals at Home Inspections Plus use a variety of tools to examine, measure, document and report issues they find in a home. Home Inspections Plus does not perform repair work, nor do we refer homeowners to repair contractors. This is important because it means our inspection process offers an unbiased opinion of a property’s actual condition.
Inspectors capture photographic evidence of wear and damage. Using thermographic imaging, inspectors can also find areas of significant heat loss, hidden water and mold damage, malfunctioning appliances and electrical wiring or plumbing problems. Infrared photography can also measure the effectiveness of existing insulation, detect missing insulation and poorly framed or warped windows and doors. This information can be invaluable for determining areas of needed repair or improvement. It can also help determine the annual cost of operating a home, and reveal hidden conditions that will require expensive repairs.

Sewer line repairs and replacements can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Most home sellers don’t know the condition of their property’s sewer lines, so rarely do these problems make their way to a seller’s disclosure.

Certified Home Inspectors

Our professional home inspectors can provide visual evidence of the condition of a home’s sewer lateral. This alone can help buyers make truly informed decisions about the condition of a property before they place an offer.

Re-inspections give homebuyers peace of mind by identifying the quality of repair work before removing a contingency. Detailed re-inspections offer written and photographic proof that required repairs have been made, and that the work was performed according to building code standards, and is of acceptable quality.

Seller inspections can help speed the sales process by providing evidence of a home’s condition to prospective buyers. Sellers’ home inspections can save the buyer money, and enable them to come to a rapid purchase decision. They can also help support a home’s asking price by verifying its condition up-front.

To learn more about Home Inspections Plus home inspection services, or to schedule a home inspection, please call us at (509) 792-3138.