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Home Inspections 101

The stress buyers feel when purchasing a home is universal – ask anyone who has ever purchased a home. There is so much to do and so many crucial decisions to make – the price, the location, whether you’ll have any nasty surprises when you move in – no wonder it’s stressful.

For a buyer, a home inspection is a way to relieve some of that stress. After all, while purchasing a home is stressful, it’s also an exciting experience. A qualified home inspection alleviates stress while allowing you to enjoy the experience more.

The quality of a home inspection depends on the company and/or individual who is conducting the home inspection. Those factors include:
  • Does the home inspector have the experience and qualifications to do the job right?
  • Is the home inspector committed to providing an unbiased and professional assessment of the condition of the home?
At Dinkelman Home Inspections, our job is to uncover any hidden issues with the home. Those issues could result in an expensive repair bill. Or, they could refer to a serious matter of safety.

Another benefit of a quality home inspection is the peace of mind a buyer feels knowing that the largest purchase of their lives – buying their dream home – won’t turn into a nightmare.

What will a proper home inspection require?

To provide an accurate home inspection report, the home inspector must conduct a visual inspection of the home. This generally take 2 to 3 hours, depending on the size of the home. Not only is it acceptable for you to accompany us while we conduct your home inspection, we highly encourage it. In this way, we’re able to point things out first hand; more than telling you what’s right or wrong, we’ll show you. You’ll also have a chance to ask questions as you familiarize yourself with the home.

A home inspection will address structural elements of the home, as well as mechanical systems. This typically includes:

• Framing (the structure of the home)
• Roof and Attic
• Foundation
• Walls
• Electrical System
• Plumbing System
• Heating and Air Conditioning System
• Kitchen
• Bathrooms
• Basement
• Garage
Upon completion of the home inspection, you’ll receive a full and itemized written report outlining any conditions we uncovered. This includes matters that require repairs and, particularly, anything that raises concerns about safety. We’ll even share matters that will require routine maintenance.