|Serving Raleigh, NC and the surrounding areas for over 15 years|
Gavin A. Smith
NC Home Inspector
NC General Contractor License: 39297
NC State Septic Inspector
Structural and Mechanical Home InspectionsOur home inspections cover all major systems and components in the home, from the roof down through the foundation. We perform home inspections for new homebuyers, homeowners who want to learn of needed repairs in their home, pre-listing home inspections to help get a home ready for sale, and end of warranty home inspections for homes less than one year old.
Our home inspection report is one of the most complete you will find anywhere. It combines a checklist and narrative format in a very easy to read format. Each system in the home is described on a separate page, with a detailed list of every item inspected along with important information you can refer to later like the model numbers and serial numbers of your major appliances. We will provide you with a narrative description of what needs to be addressed and why. This report format is much more thorough and comprehensive than a simple checklist report given on site.
The other main advantage in our home inspection reports is our prioritized Summary of Items for repair. The Summary can be found at the beginning of your report and includes every item that should be addressed for repair. We also prioritize the items with High, Medium, and Low priority so the buyer has a good knowledge base for making effective negotiations with the seller.
View Sample Report for a Newer Home
View Sample Report for an Older Home
Our home inspections are done in accordance with the standards and guidelines set by the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board and the American Society of Home Inspectors. Click on the link below for a copy of the NC Standards of Practice.
View: NC Standards of Practice
Our Home Inspections Include:
We encourage you to attend the home inspection so you will learn about any items in need of repair as well as maintenance suggestions for your home. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions during your inspection if there are items that may need clarification which is very important since you are the one who will be living in the home!
We work directly for YOU and will provide you with an accurate, unbiased analysis of the major systems and components in the house. This protects you, the buyer, as you may learn of defects that are not always apparent to the untrained eye.
The majority of our inspections are for potential homebuyers. We inspect every major system and component in the home from the roof down through the foundation, and we clearly document our findings in our home inspection report. This gives the buyer time to have the seller address any needed repairs BEFORE they purchase the property.
Pre-Listing InspectionsAbout 1/4 of our home inspections are for homeowners who are either looking to sell their home more quickly or just want to know what items in their home need to be addressed for repair so they can avoid more costly problems later. We offer modified inspections if you have a certain area in your home you need inspected, and we also offer modified reports for pre-listing inspections at a discount of $25 off the normal inspection price. We still perform the same full structural/mechanical home inspection, but a seller may not need all the details we usually include in our reports like model numbers, serial numbers, etc. so we offer a discounted rate for our Summary report.
New Construction Inspections
New construction inspections are performed at the completion of construction, but prior to your final walk through with the Builder's Customer Service Representative or Superintendent. It is always a good idea to verify that utilities (gas, water, and electric) have been turned on, so that all mechanical components in the home can be inspected, as well as the structural components. The inspection should be scheduled just a day or two before your final walk through with the builder. This will ensure that most, if not all, last minute items have been completed prior to your inspection. At the same time, this will also give the builder a cushion of time before your closing to address any needed repairs discovered during the home inspection.
Warranty inspections are usually performed during the 11th month of your 1-year Builder Warranty. The home inspection will be performed to verify that all structural and mechanical components are functioning as intended so you will not have to make these repairs later when you go to sell the property. One repair can cost you over $300, so it is well worth having a home inspection done while the builder is paying for the repairs!
Check out this excellent video below which was featured on HGTV for prospective homebuyers on May 10, 2010:
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