What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Your home inspection report will include an evaluation of the condition of the home’s structural system (foundation), electrical system, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, plumbing system, floors, walls, ceilings, and appliances. The goal of an inspection is to make the purchaser more aware of the structure’s strengths, weaknesses and potential safety concerns. Having a home inspection by ABI is like test driving a car, and taking it to your most trusted mechanic for a thorough check.

Why do I need a home inspection?
The purchase of a home is the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the home and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize surprises and headaches afterwards. A home inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape.

After the home inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the home you are about to purchase. If you have owned your home for a long time, a home inspection can identify potential problems and recommend preventive measures which might avoid costly future repairs. Home sellers may opt for having an inspection prior to placing their home on the market to gain a better understanding of the conditions that buyers’ home inspectors may point out. This provides an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition. Here, you can find wise words from a Realtor on why you NEED a quality home inspector.

My uncle is in construction, can’t he do my home inspection?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. A home inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. He or she understands how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail.

Realistically, most buyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the condition of the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.

Does a newly constructed home need an inspection? 
Absolutely. A professional home inspection of a new home is vital. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. It’s especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished. As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts, made mistakes or has done sub-quality work. Don’t let the idea that, “It has to be correct since it’s built new” fool you. A perfect example can be seen here – Four year old deck on new home must be rebuilt. 

What is the difference between a “home inspection” and a “code inspection”?
Code inspections are inspections that are done by a “Code Inspector.” You have no choice in who will be your Code Inspector on your new construction or remodel. A code inspection is designed to assure that proper materials have been used, and that proper workmanship has taken place on all new or newly remodeled homes. It must be remembered that “meeting code” is the MINIMUM of acceptable quality. In other words, a Code Inspector will assure you that the products and materials used meet the minimally allowed standards, and workmanship is at the minimum quality allowed on a newly constructed or remodeled property. What you also need to know about “code” is that existing homes do not require “code” inspections when they are being sold. Code requirements change often as time goes by and code is not retro-active. A home built in 1955 or even 2005 will not, and is not required to meet today’s code; it is only required to meet the code of the time period in which it was built. You can read more about this topic – Home Inspectors vs Code Inspectors.