Inspections

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective, visual analysis of the structure and systems of a home. An inspection will determine the areas of a home that are not performing correctly and the items that are beyond their useful life or are unsafe. The inspection includes areas of the home’s interior and exterior from the roof to the foundation and the exterior drainage and retaining walls. If any issues or symptoms are found, we may recommend appropriate further evaluation.

How long does the inspection take?

An average home inspection will take between 3 and 4 hours, depending on the size of the home. After your home inspector has inspected the home and put together the report then he will meet with you as the prospective home buyer at the house and go through the inspection report. The walk through typically takes 45 minutes.

Pre-Listing Home Inspection

A Pre-Listing Home Inspection is typically conducted prior to putting your home on the market. This inspection provides you with a better understanding of the conditions which will likely be discovered by a prospective buyer or their inspector. A Pre-Listing Inspection gives you enough time to find adequate, affordable remedies to correct any problems in advance and avoid haggling with a prospective buyer. A Home Inspection Report binder on your table and a “Pre-Inspected” yard sign during the listing period will be a welcome site for a buyers.

New Construction Inspection

Detection and remediation of any problems before “signing off” on a newly constructed home makes the question of homeowner recourse much less of an issue.

Once your custom home is “finished”, the paperwork is signed and final payment is made to the builder, a homeowner’s recourse is limited. The builder may be reluctant or slow to come back and correct any problems. In cases where there is an arbitration clause in the contract and this situation occurs, the cost in time, money, and stress causes many people to abandon efforts to have the builder re-mediate construction defects.

We are routinely surprised by items we discover on New Construction Inspections.

One-Year Builder’s Warranty Inspection

The sale of a newly constructed home typically includes a one-year warranty in which the builder is obligated to correct any problems encountered within the first year of ownership. It is wise to have a professional home inspection performed before the one-year warranty expires, one or two months before the expiration date, so you know exactly what needs to be corrected.

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We are a locally owned home inspection company serving the metro areas of Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska.