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New Home Construction Phase Inspection Program 

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Monday, July 17, 2017

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New Home Construction Phase Inspection Program

home inspection springfield moThe building of a home is critical at every step. Having an ITI® certified building inspector present at each step of this process is also critical. While most contractors are very good at what they do, it is imperative to have another set of eyes with to verify the decisions that they have to make and the execution

 

 

The A-Pro New Construction Phase Inspections Program consist of three (3) inspections for the home buyer.

For all new construction phase inspections, it is important to get an idea from the builder a date that they anticipate the building will be ready for each phase of the inspection – as soon as the date is given, notify us immediately.

 

  • PHASE I – Foundation

 

 

The foundation inspection is the one of the most important and one of the most difficult to schedule. Builders can easily get ahead of schedule or fall behind of the initial schedule due to weather amongst other problems. We recommend that the home-buyer constantly check with builder about progress.

  • Concrete Slab – This phase of the inspection is done after the exterior foundation walls are finished and the plumbing rough-ins are installed, however before the concrete slab is poured.
  • Basement – In this phase of the inspection we come out after the forms (walls) are poured and before they backfill. It is extremely important that this inspection is done BEFORE they backfill.
  • Crawl Space – A Crawl Space is simply a basement that you cannot stand up in. This phase of the inspection is done after the foundation is poured but before backfilling and framing begins.
  • PHASE II – PRE-Drywall

 

 

This phase of the inspection is done which involves inspecting the electrical, plumbing, heat, and framing. We usually perform this inspection one to three days before the contractor hangs the drywall. Note: All other inspections above must be performed before this phase.

  • PHASE III – FINAL Home Inspection

This phase of the inspection is done after the building process is finish. This is when buyer has a walk-thru inspection with the builder about a week or so before the closing of the home takes place. We need to come out 1 to 3 days before this walk-thru. At this time, we perform a complete 500-point comprehensive home inspection with pictures of any problems so the client still has time to address any issues with the builder before closing takes place. At this time, we can also schedule additional services (i.e., foundation level survey, radon testing, etc.).

 

 

  • Final Walk Thru Inspection

Having A-Pro on your side during the final walk thru Inspection is a wise decision.  A final walk-through is executed a few hours to five days before closing. It is not a home inspection nor is it a time to begin negotiating repairs. The primary purpose of the final walk thru inspection is to make sure that the property is in the agreed upon condition you agreed to buy it in. (agreed-upon repairs/improvements, if any, were made satisfactory) Many clients re-hire us to conduct the walk thru after our initial home inspection when there were changes, repairs or improvements negotiated in order to come to a purchase agreement.

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HUD Inspection 

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Monday, July 17, 2017

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HUD Inspection

 

home inspection springfield moThere are specific forms associated with HUD homes and their inspections. A HUD home is a property acquired by HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) as a result of a foreclosure action on an FHA-insured mortgage. HUD becomes the property owner, offers it for sale and then sells it at market value as quickly as possible. HUD properties are sold as-is with no warranty and no repairs should be performed on a property until after the new owner has taken possession.  It is critical when purchasing a home sold by HUD to get an A-Pro Inspection as soon as possible for several reasons:

(1)  The inspection may uncover a condition that makes the buyer choose to walk away from the deal and just forfeit the earnest money. A foreclosure is highly likely to have had maintenance ignored and the home to be neglected even abused.

(2)  The home is vacant and the time to actual closing is often extended in a HUD transaction, any new damage occurring before closing has a realistic chance of being covered by HUD if well documented.

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10 Things Home Sellers Should Do to Prepare for Home Inspection

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

From The Home Inspector

 

 

 

 

A home inspection can be a stressful time for home sellers. Most people are proud of their house, and don’t want someone pointing out imperfections in the home they love.

 

In addition to being stressful for the seller, a home inspection can also be a hindrance to the sale itself. In most cases, even if there is a sales contract it is usually contingent on an inspection.   Buyers may be experiencing “buyer’s remorse” that has started since signing the contract.  They may be hypersensitive to negatives about the home, both real and perceived.  As the seller, you want the buyer’s inspection experience to be low-stress and your home to be inviting and comfortable.

 

Here are 10 tips for the home seller to prepare for home inspection. 

 

  1.  Make repairs to your home in advance of the inspection.  Make any repairs to the home you are willing to make before the inspection. Fix leaks under the sink, replace smoke detector batteries, fix leaky faucets and perform other minor home repairs that you may have been putting off.   When buyers and inspectors see several components that have lacked routine maintenance, it raises concerns about whether there may be major problems.  For major repairs, or if you hire a contractor, keep the receipts and leave them on the kitchen counter.  Disclose the items you’re not willing to repair.  
  2. Consider preventive maintenance.  “PM,” or routine servicing is a great way to impress the inspector. Professionally clean fireplace chimneys and heating and cooling equipment.  Change HVAC air filters and clean roof rain gutters. Again, display receipts.
  3. Tidy up your house.  Don’t put seeds of doubt in the buyers mind because of something as simple as cleanliness.  A buyer feels much more confident purchasing from someone they perceive as neat and who has taken good care of the home they are about to possess.  Clean your home at least as well as you would for any other showing.  In fact, the inspector will show your buyers areas they probably did not see during the initial visits to the home, so remember closets, cabinets, and under sinks.  Of course, don’t leave dishes in the sink, empty the dishwasher, clean toilets and pick up laundry.
  4. Remove pets. Some people are allergic to (or frightened by) pets, and you want to make the inspection as pleasant as possible. Even crated pets can be a distraction (barking and crying) and can be the source of unpleasant odors and allergens that can diminish the home in the eyes of the buyer.
  5. Leave during the inspection.  Even though you may think you need to be there to answer questions, you really don’t have a roll in the inspection process, and despite what you may think, you really don’t want to be there. For one thing, in the course of a normal inspection, many sellers feel uncomfortable when the inspector does things like climbing on the roof, getting in the attic, running the heat and A/C full blast, running water at fixtures, and the like.  But even more importantly, this is a time for the buyer and inspector.  They may feel that you are somehow interfering with that time.  Know that the inspector’s findings are confidential. Buyers are paying the inspector hundreds of dollars and want to be able to speak with the inspector candidly, without fear of insulting the seller.
  6. Make items accessible.  Provide access to areas such as the attic, crawlspaces, access panels, electrical panels and HVAC equipment prior to the inspection. This may mean moving stored items and clothing.  Be sure to leave keys for detached garages and locked doors.
  7. Turn on utilities.  The inspector will need to operate plumbing fixtures, electrical components, and gas appliances.  Be sure the gas is on, the propane or oil tank is full, all breakers are on, and all gas pilots are lit.  If vacant, be sure the home is not winterized. Inspectors will not turn on shut off valves or light pilots for reasons of safety and liability and failure to have the home prepared can require additional trips to the home, resulting in additional fees and delaying the report.  It’s also nice to set thermostats for the heat or air conditioning to comfortable temperatures so the buyer feels more at home when arriving for the inspection.
  8. Turn off home burglar alarms. You don’t want the buyers to meet your local police department. Even if the alarm is not monitored, be sure it is turned off.  Going through an inspection with an alarm going off is very stressful, and we want this process to be as pleasurable as possible. 
  9. Certified Pre-owned Homes. Don’t be caught off guard by the inspection and don’t let it jeopardize a sale. Have the inspection work for you rather than against you.  Getting your home professionally inspected and listed as a Certified Pre-Owned home by A-Pro Home Inspection Services prior to listing the home for sale will eliminate virtually all of the problems that can arise when a buyers bring their inspector.  Learn more at Certified Pre-owned Home
  10. Be patient.  It may take a few days before you hear from the buyers regarding the inspection, depending on your contract.  Don’t contact the inspector directly because their findings are confidential. The inspector does not decide what repairs the buyer will ask for and can’t speak on their behalf, so it’s best just to wait for everything to be presented in writing.

 

By Todd Tuvell, CHI, PHI

Licensed Home Inspector

 

Senior Inspector Tuvell is the owner/operator of A-Pro Home Inspection Wilmington and A-Pro Home Inspection Kansas City has been personally performing professional home inspection services since 1995.

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