San Jose Home Inspection Service
Getting a home inspection is vital under many circumstances. Inspections come in handy for those thinking about purchasing new residential properties, and they are just as useful for those considering selling their own properties. If you're in need of professional residential inspection work, you must hire the best - and only the best - to do it.
As a buyer, you might feel resistant to pay for a home inspection because buying a home costs enough as it is. But the truth of the matter is - if you don’t hire a quality inspection service like ours in San Jose, you could end up shelling out a lot more money for future home renovations and repairs. A meticulous home inspection like the ones our company provides assures you that the home you’re paying for is a good investment. Paying for an inspection might save you from making a mistake that would cost you thousands more down the road.
Our inspectors take into account many different variables when it comes time to walk through a home. When they come across a problem, first they must deduce whether it’s a safety issue, a major issue, or a minor issue. When they come across old or outdated appliances, they must decide whether such appliances should be repaired or replaced completely. They will take into account not only what’s beneficial for the residence, but what’s beneficial for your wallet.
Before finishing the report, our inspectors will make note of what areas in the house are acceptable at the current time, but may need maintenance down the road. This is especially important for a first-time homebuyer, who may need a little extra guidance when it comes to the keeping and care of a home.
Inspecting a home carefully is a complex task. Homes have numerous areas that must be confirmed safe and stable. If you want to confirm whether a home is fit for purchase or sale, it must be assessed at length. Quality is important to us; our inspectors give assessments that are precise and dependable. They are knowledgeable in all of the latest and most efficient residential inspection techniques.
They are able to provide thorough and efficient inspections - inside and out. They know how to meticulously assess siding, windows, doors, stairs, ceilings, and walls.
Some of the residential inspections focal points include but are not restricted to: patios, decks, porches, walkways, driveways, fireplaces, garages, electrical systems, plumbing systems and HVAC units. Our inspectors zero in on household appliances, ventilation, insulation, attics, hot tubs, and swimming pools, crawl spaces and foundations.
When it comes to outdoor inspections, you can count on us to do a thorough and complete job with both high and low places. Meaning, our inspectors will find a way into crawl spaces under the home, and will bring ladders to assess the roof and chimney, and any issues they may have.
When it comes to exterior inspection, we will let you know what problems are simply superficial and cosmetic, and what problems require instant attention. While examining the outside of a home, our inspectors look closely for cracks in the siding or any missing shingles. Lower, they keep an eye out for cracks and soil that comes into close contact with the bottom of the house - this invites unwanted insects. However, you will have to contact a pest inspector if we notice damage from insects, because they are an expert in a field of their own. We’re only here to tell you when it’s time to call them.
The foundation is an important aspect to focus on, since it can make or break the quality of a home. The foundation itself is not typically visible, but our inspectors know how to spot secondary evidence of issues, such as cracks or settling.
Our inspectors will let you know if the grading slopes away from your potential home in the way it should. If it doesn’t, this could cause problems with water down the road - meaning, you may have to install a drainage system or slope the yard manually.
When it comes to the garage, we inspect the opening and closing of the garage doors, the garage framing (if visible), and check for proper ventilation to prevent poisoning from carbon monoxide. If there is a water heater in the garage, we ensure that it is installed far enough from the ground to minimize risk of gasoline fumes encountering the flame (and therefore causing risk for explosion).
The inside of the house is just as important as the outside, and our inspectors know that. Wherever there’s a nook or cranny in your home (or potential residence) we will find it and make sure it’s in working order.
Plumbing is a vital aspect of a working house. We search for any leaks and test the water pressure of each faucet, and identify what kind of pipes the house has (if pipes are visible). If the pipes are old, we may recommend you get new ones - that is the cause for a secondary inspection to determine what kind of pipes you will need and how much the labor will cost.
Electricity is also important. Most of us couldn’t exist without it. When making sure that the house’s wiring is in working order, our inspectors test all the electrical outlets of the home for both functionality and safety and make sure there are circuit interrupters installed where they should be (to prevent electrocution). They will also check your electrical panel for safety issues and anything that may be out of the ordinary.
r inspectors will take a close look at your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) in the home. We want to make sure they function properly - and if not, we recommend either repairs or complete replacement. Studying the ducts, we are able to give you an estimate of the ducting’s age. Old ducting could mean leaks, and an electric bill that is much higher than it needs to be. We will also look for insulation that contains traces of harmful asbestos. When it comes to the water heater, checking its age is very necessary. We make sure that it is properly secured and installed, and can give you an estimate of how many years of functionality it has left.
We also make sure to inspect things that might fly under other companies’ radars, such as kitchen appliances that come with the home. Refrigerators, freezers, and dishwashers are important components of a working household.
The laundry room is another area that is commonly looked over. We inspect the washer and dryer - but we also make sure the room is properly ventilated. A poorly-ventilated laundry room is a great place for fires to start.
Fire hazards in general are something we keep in mind throughout our trips. We test smoke detectors and make sure that walls have proper fire ratings.
In the bathroom, we test for leaks, make sure the toilet, shower, and sinks are up to par, and check for proper ventilation. If there is not proper ventilation in place, a warm and damp bathroom is the perfect place for mold and mildew to grow. Excessive moisture also has the capability of warping wooden cabinets after a certain amount of time.
What makes precise inspection so critical? Such types of inspections help people determine if a home is worth buying. If a home is full of issues, it may require substantial upgrades and repairs. Prospective purchasers may not think the home is worth the time and care it would take to improve. If you're planning on selling a property and discover through an inspection that it's in need of major updates, this will help you decide what items should be remedied prior to listing that will help you maximize your home’s final sale price. Renovation and remodeling can, in many cases, make properties more appealing to possible purchasers browsing the real estate market.
What’s important to keep in mind is that our home inspectors can only inspect what they can see. What’s not included is the inside walls (we will not cut into any drywall or insulation), inside pipes or sewer lines, inside chimneys, and behind electrical panels. Note that these are all aspects of a home that are not easily accessible, or readily available to the human eye. It’s also important to remember that our inspectors are not there to fix the problems, they’re there to notice them.
Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, there are always options. As a seller, it’s straightforward. You either make the changes to your home or decide not to. But as a buyer, it’s a bit more complicated. After an inspection, it’s your choice whether you want to continue with the sale and fix things up yourself, or ask the seller to cover the costs. And, of course, there’s always the option to walk away from the sale entirely if you are overwhelmed with the results that our inspection provided.
It’s possible to get the best inspection possible by reaching out to our full-service inspection business. We assist with everything from mold inspection, to roof inspection, and beyond. Whether what you need has to do with mold, roofing, indoor, or outdoor, our inspection professionals are just a call away.
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