What is a Home Inspection?
The home buying process can be confusing and stressful. Not only do you need to consider things such as price and location, you also have to worry about whether the house itself has any major problems that could become costly surprises down the road.
At McCabe Home Inspection Services, it’s our job to look for those problems for you. The Home Inspection is an unbiased, professional assessment of the condition of the house. It provides you an expert opinion and professional report on the condition of the physical structure and various systems within a house. Giving you peace of mind on what is likely the largest purchase you’ll ever make.
In order to prepare the report, an inspector must conduct a visual inspection of the house. The inspection process typically takes about 2-3 hours to complete. This of course may vary, according to the size and condition of the home. We strongly encourage you to be present during the inspection. This will give you a chance to ask questions and become familiar with the systems of the home.
When the inspection is complete, we’ll tell you of any problems that were discovered and discuss them with you. We will also tell you about any routine maintenance that should be performed, as well as answer any questions you may have. You will receive a computer printed full report at the end of the inspection.
Our goal is to discover and inform you of anything we find that might affect your purchase decision. We’ll tell you about any problems we find, and make repair recommendations. We’ll also inform you of what maintenance tasks are required to keep the home and its systems in top condition.
Our home inspection service is a visual inspection of the structural elements and systems which are accessible at the time of inspection. The fee includes 1 trip to the property, so be sure to request prior to the inspection from the seller or Real Estate Agent that important areas like the electric panel and all attic access is unobstructed.
If the property is vacant at time of inspection verify prior to the inspection that all utilities are on and A/C, refrigerator and water heater should be turned on 24 hrs prior to inspection and set at normal running temperatures.
With McCabe Home Inspection Services you will have your report that evening and if present at the end of the inspection I will give you a verbal summary on site at the end of the inspection. You know right away what problems exist and whether there are any serious issues.
This typically includes:
- Foundation / Structural
- Exterior, walls, siding etc…
- Electrical system
- Plumbing system
- Doors and windows
- Heating and air conditioning system
Other services available for additional fee: Swimming pools, Termite inspections, Seawall, Well, Septic, Indoor Air Quality / Mold, Crawl spaces, Detached buildings, Wind Mitigations surveys, Water Intrusion / Leakage Investigations, 4 Point Insurance surveys and FHA / HUD Certifications. We also provide a re-inspection service for an additional fee to determine if repairs were actually done and done properly. We strongly encourage you to be present during the inspection, whether for the entire inspection or just at the end, so that you may ask questions and gain a better understanding of the systems in the home.
If you have any questions, or are interested in any other services, please contact us so we may discuss your needs.
Sealing the outer envelope of your building is extremely important for many reasons. Cracks in stucco, gaps around penetrations through the wall and failed caulking around windows are some of the most common defects that will allow water intrusion into your walls.
Water intrusion can cause structural damage in wood frame buildings as well as damage to interior finishes. Leakage on a regular basis will cause mold growth and other unhealthy contributions to your indoor air quality.
Mccabe Home Inspection Services specializes in finding leaks in the roof, windows and through the exterior walls of your building.