Home inspection: How we do it all
Home inspection companies should have highly trained individuals who perform the work of examining your home. Qualified inspectors have knowledge of homes and potential areas of concern as well as the ability to check every part of the home to locate any problem areas. If a problem is located, the inspector will report the problem to the client and suggest suitable steps to remedy or remove the problem and ensure that it will be unlikely to reoccur in the future.
Home inspectors like many other professionals have varying degrees of ability. Many new home inspectors are fresh out of home inspector school are anxious to learn their trade. Unfortunately, many of them are not fully trained during the total of 140 hours of classroom and 40 hours of field training. Many new home inspectors continue to learn their trade during the first few thousand home inspections. Learning a trade while in the field provides many benefits to the home inspector. It is unfortunate many home buyers pay the price for that training as problems are missed that home buyers will ultimately pay for.
Think about it – although a new vehicle driver attends drivers education, practices driving with an adult, passes a written and a road test is that driver fully ready for all the conditions faced while actually on the road alone in various weather conditions with other unpredictable vehicles on the road?
A professional home inspection is a complex evaluation of a home. Each and every home is a mixture of hundreds or more parts. There are dozens of different types of furnaces, boilers, systems and sub systems. A skilled home inspector must make sense of all these different parts and determine how they will work together.
While a potential home buyer and newer home inspector might be thrilled to see a nice clean home with fresh paint on all the walls including the basement and might be thrilled the newly finished basement has a new water heater and a new furnace, an experienced home inspector would immediately become concerned latent problems with water infiltration may have occurred in the past and may occur again in the future.
Subtle signs of problems frequently exist in homes that require the expertise of a skilled home inspector to determine. Many home buyers, especially those who buy homes to renovate and resell them at a profit, place the profit motive well above doing thing the right way. I recently inspected a home which someone had purchased to fix up and resell. Part of the fix up was a brand new basement ceiling, while just feet away from the brand new drywall basement ceiling were termite mud tunnels on the foundation wall. What is cheaper, drywall for the ceiling or structural repairs to cure the termite damage?
Not every home inspector is the same. A home inspection license is the absolute minimum qualification to legally inspect homes in New Jersey. Home buyers should place emphasis on hiring the best home inspector they can find.