Pre-Purchase Home Inspection
A pre-Purchase Home Inspection is an inspection performed for the potential buyer. A thorough examination of the home's systems and components may identify major defects before you buy. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you will want to learn as much about the home as possible. A Home Inspection will also give you important information about items that should be maintained to keep them in good condition. Every home ages and wears differently, and having a comprehensive inspection will help the buyer make an informed decision.
One-Year Warranty Home Inspection
Many builders offer a one-year warranty for new homes they have constructed. New owners will usually discover items that need to be repaired during the first year they live in their new home and make a "punch list" to give the builder--items the builder needs to correct during the home's warranty coverage period. Some deficiencies and defects will not be obvious to an untrained eye. It is prudent to have a professional home inspector perform a home warranty inspection and help you further develop a list of items for the builder to repair. If these items are missed, the builder is not obligated to make repairs after the warranty has expired.
Pre-Listing Home Inspection
A pre-listing inspection is an inspection performed for the Seller before the property goes on the market. Defects found during this inspection can be rectified by the owner prior to listing, vs. unknown issues that "surprise" everyone during escrow. This can cause long delays and additional negotiations to complete the real estate transaction. Accurate disclosure of the property's condition with a pre-listing home inspection will increase the likelihood that escrow will successfully close in a more timely manner.
Structural Pest Inspection
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) defines a Structural Pest Inspector as: An individual who performs the service of inspecting a building for wood destroying organisms, their damage, or conditions conducive to their infestation. Wood destroying organisms include insects or fungi that will consume, excavate, develop in, or otherwise modify the integrity of wood or wood products. They include, but are not limited to, carpenter ants, moisture ants, subterranean termites, dampwood termites, beetles in the family Anobiidae, and wood decay fungi (wood rot).
If you do not require an inspection of your entire home or structure, we can inspect the condition and integrity of the major systems (i.e. roof, plumbing, electrical, and foundation systems), or we can tailor an inspection to meet your needs. While it is generally recommended that an entire structure be inspected (systems work together and effect other parts and systems of a structure).
A Home Inspector is limited and/or prohibited by The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) in the scope of their inspections. They are not supposed to inspect for or report on wood destroying organisms; only a licensed, Structural Pest Inspector may identify wood destroying insects or damage as a result of these insects. For more information about this from the WSDA, click here.