Types of Inspections
Once a contract with an inspection contingency clause has been accepted, a home inspection is performed within 7-10 days. Depending on the inspection report, a PICRA (property inspection contingency removal addendum) would be presented to the Seller. Negotiations to resolve deficiencies begin now.
A seller who wants no surprises may very well get an inspection and investigate costs or do repairs where needed.
A New Construction Home Inspection is usually performed immediately after your new home has been built and is considered “ready” for occupancy by the builder and appropriate legal authorities (such as a zoning or code inspector).
A Builder Warranty Home Inspection (also known as an 11th-month inspection is performed prior to the 1-year expiration of your newly built home warranty that was provided to you by your builder at your closing. A warranty inspection is used to take advantage of the features and benefits of your home warranty to assure that necessary repairs guaranteed under your builder’s warranty are executed.
Some insurance companies require an insurance inspection (also known as a four point inspection) consisting of the roof, HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems.
A Periodic Maintenance Home Inspection is best if performed every two years, to assure the health and safety of you and your family and to protect the security of your real estate investment. All structures will get weathered and worn down over time from rain, sun, wind, and hot and cold temperatures, so Periodic Maintenance Inspections are necessary in order to assure the integrity of your structure.
An Investigative Home Inspection is most-often used when a homeowner feels that a problem may exist on their property. For example, you may want to engage in an Investigative Inspection after a hurricane with heavy winds and rain or a blizzard, if you experience an odd smell in your home that cannot be identified, or if you notice unusual pest and insect activity. Sometimes these lead to inspector witness services.
A Rental Property Home Inspection is performed when property owners have tenants moving in or out of their rental apartments or homes and they would like to document the existing condition of their property.
A Pre-renovation Home Inspection is performed prior to engaging in any renovations of a property. Pre-renovation Inspections help you to assess potential problems that may affect the cost or difficulty of your intended renovation.
Construction is done in phases and it is important to inspect areas before they are covered up. Primary phases are pre-construction consultation, foundation, framing, roofing, plumbing, electrical, post-drywall and final.
Sometimes homeowners don't need the standard in-depth home inspection report nor the full expense of one, so they elect to have a Walk-Through where they follow an inspector as he verbally describes a home's condition.
There are a number of special inspections or assessments...energy, well, mold, termite, water or air quality, pools & spas, etc.