Buying a home is the biggest investment you'll ever make. Make sure it's a secure investment.Pre-Purchase Inspections for Home Buyers

Buying a home is probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make, and it’s a decision that will affect you for years to come. The process can be extremely stressful and confusing. And of course, there is always considerable risk involved when making such a large purchase decision. A professional home inspection will significantly reduce your risk and help make the entire home buying process easier and less stressful. At Assurance Professional Home Inspection, we really enjoy helping our clients in this process, and providing critical information and superior customer service are our highest priorities.

A pre-purchase inspection is performed before the purchase of a property and is usually completed after a formal offer is made. You should make sure that a pre-purchase contingency is in the sales contract. A pre-purchase inspection will reduce the risk of costly surprises and help in budgeting future costs associated with maintaining the home.

The ultimate benefit of a pre-purchase inspection is that you will have a sound basis on which to make an informed decision regarding your investment in the home.  We encourage our clients to accompany us during the inspection. You should feel free to ask any questions you may have during the inspection process. The inspector will point out problems and explain them to you. Plus, we will provide routine maintenance tips needed to keep the house in top condition. This will help you to get the most benefit from the inspection and gain the best understanding of the systems that make up your home and how to maintain it.

After the inspection is completed, you will receive a comprehensive report that is easy to understand. All critical information identified during the inspection will be included in the report. Armed with the information provided in our report, you can make your decision with confidence.

Foundations

Basement
Foundation walls
Beams, columns, floor joists
Insulation
Ventilation

Roofing

Roof surface condition
Flashings
Ventilation
Chimney

Garage

Automatic opener safety test
Garage doors
Structure

Exterior and Grounds

Grading and foundation drainage
Walks, driveways, and patios
Stoops, porches, and decks
Stairs and handrails
Exterior walls, soffits, fascia, and trim
Gutters and downspouts

Plumbing

Supply
Functional flow and water pressure
Water heaters
Kitchen and bathroom fixtures
Sump pumps
Gas lines

Heating and Air

Furnace and AC condition and operation
Heat and Air distribution
HVAC filters
Flues and vents
Safety features

Electric

Service lines
Distribution panel wiring
Grounding system
Bonding system
Visible wiring
GFCI testing
AFCI testing

Interiors

Windows and doors
Walls, ceilings, and floors
Outlets, lights, ceiling fans
Stairways and handrails

Attic

Rafters and trusses
Insulation
Ventilation
Bracing