If you are about to purchase a home in Virginia Beach, or any of the other cities in Hampton Roads you may have some questions regarding the home inspection. Safe House Property has provided answers to some of the most common questions about inspections and general home maintenance.

What does a standard home inspection include?

During a standard home inspection our team of home inspectors will thoroughly examine the structural and mechanical elements of a house to determine their quality and functionality. This will include evaluating the heating and air conditioning systems, interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof and attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, the foundation and basement, and other structural components.

Why is it important to have a home inspected?

There are many advantages for potential home buyers to learn as much as possible about a house before committing to such a large purchase. A home inspection can uncover existing problems or builder oversights, allowing you to make an informed decision with confidence.

Is it possible for me to do my own home inspection?

Even if you are familiar with home construction, we still recommend having our professional home inspectors perform an inspection. Our team of inspectors are trained in nearly every aspect of home systems and structural components. Moreover, our inspectors act as an impartial third party, giving you an honest and unbiased opinion on their findings. Having completed thousands of inspections, you can trust that we’ll know exactly what to look for and where to look for it.

Should I follow the inspectors during the home inspection?

We do encourage our customers to be present during the inspection process if at all possible, as it allows you to walk through the home with our inspectors, giving you the opportunity to address any immediate questions or concerns. It also lets the inspectors explain things in person and cover items not covered in their report. Even if you can’t be there for the whole inspection we can go over the report with you at the end of the inspection and review any areas of concern you may have.

What if the report reveals problems?

If our inspectors uncover any issues in their report, do not worry. Most problems can be addressed, and you will have a greater understanding on what needs to be done to address the concern. It is up to you to discern if the problems will affect your decision to buy the home. Your professional Real Estate representative can always negotiate repairs with the seller prior to purchasing.

I think my home may have a mold problem. What should I do?

A mold inspection is the best way to assess a home for mold problems. Safe House Property Inspections offers a number of different mold-related services, including air and surface in crawl spaces, and attics. Our inspectors will use their expertise to figure out the probability of mold in a house and then advise you on ways to control and even prevent it.

Do your home inspectors also check appliances?

Yes, our home inspectors test your appliances for basic operation in the standard home inspection. We also provide a Free RecallChek on the major appliances.

Does a home inspection insure that no issues will ever present themselves after I move in?

First and foremost, it’s important to remember that our priority is to identify major issues – the ones that may affect your decision to purchase the home. We are looking for the $2000 problems, and not necessarily the $200 problems. We may note some of these issues as a courtesy, but they are not our primary focus.

Some issues may only become evident by living in a home. For example, a shower stall that leaks while in use may not leak when the tap is simply turned on and off. To that same effect, a roof or window may only leak under certain weather conditions. And other issues might not be evident until carpets are lifted, furniture is moved, etc.

Beyond issues that are only evident under certain conditions, others may not present any clues to their existence at all. Our inspections are based on the past and current performance of a home and we are unable to predict future problems that may arise.

What happens if I have an inspection and do not buy the property?

We’re proud to offer discounted second inspections. If you decide not to purchase a home we inspect, we’ll inspect another one at a discounted price.

When will I receive the inspection report?

We will review the summary page of your report at the end of the inspection. The full report will be emailed to you and your real estate agent shortly, usually less than thirty minutes, after the inspection.  receive your custom report on-site at the end of the inspection.

In addition to your report, we also give any clients who attend the inspection an illustrated home owner’s manual which will help you maintain your home