We appreciate you using Home Check Inspection Service, LLC. to inspect your new home. It is important for you to understand that a Home Inspection is a detailed snap shot of the condition of a home at a specific time. It is not an exhaustive or all inclusive assessment of a property, nor is it a code inspection. Simply put, it is a form of protection; an inexpensive way of discovering the condition of a home, making sure the house is not hiding anything before you sign on the doted line.
A home inspection identifies any visually discoverable problems. Home inspectors do not remove walls or take things apart. The inspection findings are not a guarantee or a warranty. Just because an item is inspected and working today, does not mean it cannot fail tomorrow. Predictions about how long something will last are not part of an inspection.
Included in this report is a copy of the State of Tennessee's Home Inspection Standards of Practice. It details the areas, systems, and components of a home that an inspector is required to report on as long as they are accessible and under safe conditions. We do inspect major components of a home such as electrical, plumbing, heating/air, roof and basement/crawlspace, structure, etc. If unable to inspect all these items or areas within the home the reason why will be noted. There are also areas that an inspector is not required to observe, inspect, report on or describe. So it is important to align your expectations with the State's Standards of Practices.
The inspection outcome is a written report of findings, that are based upon the inspector's professional opinion, training and experience. As stated in the report not all inspection findings are reported. If no comment is made about a specific item, component, system, etc. it should be assumed that it was found to be operational, working, or in sound condition at the time of the inspection. The inspection findings may include simply Information that will be useful to you, such as the location of an item. Second, there may be Limitations pertaining to the inspection process, such an inaccessible area not inspected. Lastly and unfortunately there may be some Deficiencies identified. These deficiencies are categorized by the inspector at the time of the inspection based upon the following:
Major / Safety Issues...current or future safety issues, significant issues, costly, possible damage causing defects, professional repairs needed, contractor should be consulted.
Repair Recommendations...if not dealt with further damage is possible, may not be routine repairs, non functioning, professional contractor may be needed for further evaluation, or
Maintenance Items...minor repairs or general maintenance, non-functioning component, correction by professional or homeowner.
Please review all deficiencies regardless of how they are categorized. What the inspector perceives as a maintenance or repair item you may see as a more serious issue that may or may not impact your decision to purchase the home. Although not required, the inspector may give an opinion about the cause of an issue or identified damage. It is always recommended that a licensed professional, in the area of concern, be consulted and their opinions and recommendations be primary when deciding upon a course of action.
The Home Check Inspection Philosophy is pretty straight forward. we strive to...
...conduct the inspection, at a minimum, in accordance with the State of Tennessee's Standards of Practices.
...not to be rushed, taking whatever time is necessary to do the best job possible, for you.
...inform you of all issues while putting these issues into perspective.
...be fair, honest, impartial, and always act in your interest, unless of course it violates the law. And to...
...address all your questions and concerns. Either by you attending all or part of the inspection or meeting you at a later time to discuss the inspection findings.
What more can you do...
Be sure to use all the information at your disposal when making such a big purchase decision. The inspection findings are just one tool that you have at your disposal when making a property purchase decision. Others include the seller's disclosure statement, possibly a discussion with the current owner of the property, pest inspection reports or inspection reports from other professionals. i.e. electrical, roofing, HVAC, radon, energy audits, etc.
You may want to look into purchasing a Home Warranty to cover future major repairs. There are a few different companies that sell these warranties, each with varying levels of coverage. So don't automatically assume everything is covered, ask. Of course, prices and deductibles may vary. Many times these warranties are purchased by the seller and transferred to the buyer.
Michael D. Ray-Inspector
Home Check Inspection Services, LLC.