This book covers some portions of our CONDENSED - Home Inspection Report Generator and On-Site Checklist. The condensed version is mainly for use by non-professional home inspectors to assist them with inspecting real estate. Professional home inspectors use our NARRATIVE - Home Inspection Report Generator and On-Site Checklist. Contact us if you would like to purchase our Narrative - Home Inspection Report Generator and On-Site Checklist if you are interested in doing professional home inspections on any real estate property.
Many times the Realtor, the seller or some third party to a transaction that is involved with the deal, will tell the inspection client that something, such as, the roof, the heating system, etc., was just recently replaced. Or many times they will say that all the building permits and approvals have been obtained for an addition, deck, or some other aspect that was a change to the original construction of the building or site. If this is the case with the subject property, then it is highly recommended that you obtain all receipts and documentation for the work performed and that you check with the local building department to make sure that this information is accurate!! Whenever you upgrade the roof, heating system, air-conditioning system, electrical system, etc.; put an addition on a house; add a deck; install a swimming pool; or make any changes to a house or a site from the original construction, you have to file the necessary permits with the local municipality. The reason for this is that the local building department inspectors have to check the work to make sure it meets all the necessary building codes in that town.
Do not just take it for granted that the permits and approvals have been obtained for any work performed!! Many people will upgrade from the original construction without filing for permits. They might do the work themselves or else they hire a contractor who does not know what he is doing and he will not file any permits for the work performed. You should go down to town hall personally to check all records pertaining to the subject property!! This will enable you to verify all information in the real estate listing and what has been told to you about the subject property. If you send a Realtor or another third party to town hall to check the records, and they miss something, it is YOU that is going to have to deal with the problem later!! This will end up costing you time and money. So you should go and check it yourself, as opposed to just sending someone else to do it for you. At town hall the records will show the amount of taxes on the house, if there are any building violations, any easements, encroachments or problems with the title and deed of the property, and a lot more. All of this information is very valuable to you and many people do not even realize how much information is open for the public to view at their local town hall records department.
The decision to buy or not to buy, and what repairs are done to the subject property is totally up to you. A home inspector can inform you of the current condition of the accessible and visible areas of the subject property only! A home inspector is not an appraiser determining market value of the subject property. A home inspector only determines the condition of the subject property. There is a big difference between the two. The point is that only a very well trained and qualified Real Estate Appraiser can determine market value - not a home inspector.
Any aspects of concern brought forth in the on-site inspection or in the written report must be checked out by a reputable, licensed contractor if any doubts exist. You are encouraged to call a contractor and obtain written estimates, on their own, for any areas of concern or repairs needed.