Top To Bottom Home Inspections on The Sunshine Coast
It is Top to Bottom Home Inspections mission to help clients make informed decisions, what for many people, is the largest investment of their lives. I care about my clients and dedicate myself to serving them with the integrity, professionalism and the honesty they deserve.
I realize the process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, a checklist, photographs, and what the home inspector himself says during the inspection. All this, combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself, can make the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?
Relax. Most of your home inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancy for various systems and components, and minor imperfections. These are useful to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
- major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure;
- things that lead to major defects, such as a small roof-flashing leak, for example;
- things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home; and
- safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electrical panel.
Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during a home inspection inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller’s disclosure, or nit-picky items.
It’s important that you as a home buyer, make time to attend the inspection of the home and ask the Home Inspector any questions you may have.
A typical Home Inspection can take from 3-4 hours or possibly longer depending on the size and age of the home. You as the client will be asked to attend, (at minimum) the last hour of the Inspection so that any issues discovered during the inspection can be discussed and reviewed on site , giving you a better understanding of the issues at hand.
Potential home owners need to understand that there is no perfect home , the properties overall condition will be effected by the amount of ongoing home maintenance the owner was willing to do.
If you require Sunshine Coast Home Inspection services ,or require more information please contact Rick Lawson Home Inspector using the form below.