Why should I have a home inspection?

The purchase of a home is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect --- both indoors and out -- in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. A fresh coat of paint might be hiding serious structural concerns. Stains on the ceiling may indicate a chronic roof leakage condition or may be simply the result of a single incident. The inspector interprets these and other clues, then presents a professional opinion as to the condition of the property so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterward. Of course, an inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a building, as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and be able to make your decision confidently.

As a seller, if you have owned your home for a period of time, an inspection can identify potential concerns in the sale of your home and can recommend preventive measures which might avoid future expensive repairs.

If your Realtor recommended a home inspection, it is because your realtor wants you to be a totally informed purchaser, they can only disclose what has been made known to them. They are looking out for your best interest by suggesting that a qualified home inspector evaluate the property you are about to purchase.

What is a home inspection?   

An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a building. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, townhouse or mobile home you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector.

What gets inspected when I have a professional home inspection?

An Assured Home Inspection includes evaluation of:

  • Proper Drainage
  • Complete Exterior
  • Roofing
  • Crawl Space & Ventilation
  • Foundation
  • Attic & Insulation
  • Electrical
  • Furnace
  • Framing
  • Plumbing 
  • Complete Interior
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Safety Equipment

When do I request an Inspector?

The best time to consult an inspector is right after you have made an offer on your new home. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to inspect the building. Ask your professional real estate agent to include this inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.

Should the inspector be licensed?

Yes.  State of Alaska requires that all inspections are performed by a professionally licensed Home Inspector.

Once I find a qualified inspector, what specific questions should I ask?

How long to complete the inspection?

A typical inspection will take approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete.  It is preferable for you, as a client, to be there the entire time, but is not required. 

What kind of report will I receive?

At Assured Home Inspections, our reports are computer generated with a summary of health and safety issues and items that are in need of repair. The full report will contain many other items of information and conditions that should be completely read for a full understanding of the homes condition.

What happens if the inspector honestly misses something?

Unfortunately, everybody is human, and sometimes mistakes do happen.  Assured Home Inspection is committed to resolving every issue to the satisfaction of everyone involved.

How much does a home inspection cost?

This is sometimes the first question asked but tells the least about the inspector.  Fees are generally based according to size, age and various other components of the home.  Inspection fees from a certified professional home inspector generally start around $300.00.  A quality inspection backed by a company who's been in business a long time with a reputation for standing behind their work sometimes requires a higher investment but it's worth it.  You'll avoid headaches later on down the line.