Are you buying a home? Selling your home? Starting a business, or moving your business to a new location? These are all BIG decisions that will affect your life, your family, and your business for years to come. With a thorough, professional real estate inspection, we can help you make as informed a decision as possible!
Though the Central Bluegrass (Fayette and surrounding counties) is our primary focus, we gladly provide services anywhere in Kentucky — just call!
What to Expect
A property inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the structure in question and its’ component systems, including:
- Foundation, crawl space and basement
- Exterior walls and fixtures
- Roof and attic
- Electrical and plumbing
- Heating, venting, and air conditioning
- Kitchen and laundry
- Attached garage or work/storage
- Adjacent grounds immediately around the structure
The inspector will concentrate on the condition of the structure and its’ systems, pointing out any safety and maintenance concerns found. This is a visual inspection — the Inspector does not do any destructive testing, neither can he inspect what he cannot see, though the Inspector will remove normally-accessed covers and panels to get a better look.
"His inspection followed our "what to expect" discussion to the letter! Afterwards, he took the time to sit with us, go over his results, and answer any questions we may have. We can't say enough good things about Pat and FPI!"
Gene T., Lexington KY
Afterwards, the inspector will walk you through all the items of note found — which usually will be minor issues and maintenance recommendations, letting you better plan for any repairs or corrections that may be needed. You will receive an electronic report of these findings in Adobe® .PDF format, as well as a hard copy mailed to you for your records.
However, the issues that really matter will fall into three categories:
- Major defects, such as a cracked foundation wall
- Minor defects that can grow to become major if left unattended, such as faulty flashing around a chimney that could later cause a roof leak
- Safety hazards, such as a faulty GFCI outlet near the bathroom sink
Naturally, anything in THESE categories should be addressed sooner rather than later.
"He took his time and found things that was not found by other inspectors. Provided a well explained report that included pictures of reported problems."
Brent J., Lexington KY
For a better idea of what to expect, here’s a video demonstrating exactly what we look for when performing a property inspection. Click here to watch the NAHI Virtual Home Inspection Video Walk-Through. Also, here is an example of the report you will receive when your property inspection is completed.
What Not to Expect
The Inspector is there to document any safety or maintenance issues found — he is not concerned with minor or cosmetic items such as old paint or worn carpeting, as these are readily apparent and have no bearing on the reliability of the structure or its’ installed systems.
Also, a property inspection is NOT a building or code inspection. He is not there to ‘police’ your home or office — his primary concern is your safety, as well as any reporting any maintenance issues that could affect the structural integrity or value of your property. Compliance with construction codes and public ordnances is the government’s responsibility. Regulations can vary GREATLY from one location to another, and consistently change over time, so what would be inadmissible in one jurisdiction may be perfectly acceptable in another.
So Take a Deep Breath…
Buying or selling a home, moving your office or store, starting a new venture — these are all BIG decisions that will affect your life, your family, and your business for years to come. So let us help you make as informed a decision as possible regarding whatever property you are considering!
Contact us today to schedule your professional property inspection, or to request pricing for an inspection!