We allow you to better understand the condition of your new home and empower you to make a well-informed decision to either move forward in the purchasing process or to negotiate for repair or replacement of defective items.
American Verified Home Inspections is primarily an educational company. We help home buyers better understand the condition of their potential new home. Allowing you to better negotiate with the seller for the repair or replacement of items that are defective or unsafe.
We also educate our customers on how to maintain this valuable investment. From keeping water away from the foundation to painting wood, to changing the air filters in your HVAC system. Because the best way to avoid big problems down the road is to take care of the small problems as they arise.
Our home inspections take between 2½ to 3½ hours. You can follow your inspector for the entire process.
- Foundation walls for cracks, settlement or movement.
- Landscaping for its effect on the foundation and water running towards or away from the home.
- Siding and its ability to keep moisture from entering the wood framework.
- Windows and doors.
- Roof. Overall condition, approximate age, approximate remaining useful life. Decks?.condition of support posts, proper attachment to house, floorboards, handrails, and balusters.
- Gutters?general condition and their ability to move water out and away from the foundation. Electrical outlets and lighting?. for proper wiring, grounding and ground fault protection if applicable.
On the interior, we examine:
- Foundation from inside the basement or crawlspace for any water intrusion, damage to wood structure or subfloor, plumbing leaks, and insulation.
- Faucet, fixtures, toilets, and drains for signs of active or prior leaking.
Kitchen appliances for proper functioning.
- Air Conditioning system and Furnace for proper functioning. Windows and doors for square-ness and any signs of water intrusion.
- Finished walls, ceilings, and floors for signs of settlement or damage.
- The attic, for structural integrity of roof system, sufficient ventilation, insulation and any signs of moisture entry from the roof.
- Electrical panel proper wiring, grounding, any signs of overheating wires or other unsafe wiring methods.
Once the inspection is complete, we type up a computer generated copy of your report, print it out, and review the findings with you. The summary section is broken down into: Items Not Operating or Unable to be Tested, Major Defects, Potential Safety Concerns, Deferred Cost Items (items operating, but nearing the useful end of their life), and Additional Comments, which deal with maintenance issues, or items that need repair but are smaller in nature or cost.
Once you have the report and understand its contents, you are now equipped with the information to go forward in the process, whichever way that might take you. From complete confidence in your new home to issues you would like to have repaired or simply realizing that maybe this home is not the right one based upon its condition and your current situation.