Residential home inspections are essential. For most buyers, their house is one of the most important and substantial purchases they’re ever going to make. A thorough home inspection before you list your house on the market — known as a pre-listing inspection — is a comprehensive examination of the entire structure. For sellers, residential home inspections can help them find problems in the home and fix them before listing in order to get top dollar. For buyers, an inspection that includes a home termite inspection and one that includes plumbing and fireplaces ensures that the house is safe and, therefore, will help them qualify for a mortgage.
However, a home inspection isn’t merely looking for something that a handyman can fix. Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) inspections help homeowners note problems within the entire structure and give them the information they need to make essential repairs. This inspection aims to objectively identify material defects in the systems, structures, and components of the home, in adherence to ASHI® Standards.
Many sellers and buyers may forget to have Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems Inspections, even if they have a stucco finish house. EIFS, a synthetic stucco-like exterior cladding system, may require less maintenance than traditional siding or brick. But, checking the ventilation and insulation of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems regularly can help homeowners find problems when they’re small enough to fix. While EIFS can be replaced, it’s often easier to hire a trained professional to address various issues, including:
Both sellers and buyers can benefit from home inspection preparation services. For sellers, understanding how to improve their home will help them to attract more buyers and set a higher asking price. For buyers, going through a pre-listing inspection can help them vet different houses and find one that is closest to move-in ready.
Certified home inspectors can find things that just a regular house tour may miss. Foundation issues, potential leaks, and problems with siding or insulation may not be visible to buyers when they walk through the residence. However, trained inspectors certified by the ASHI® and InterNACHI® understand what to look for in Central New Jersey homes.
Real estate agents should add Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems to their pre-listing inspections. Other things to keep in mind are the plumbing system, the fireplaces, and the exterior. There are also things like the fencing, if any, as well as appliances, drains, and the HVAC system and water heater, both traditional and tankless. Plus, we provide a printable home inspection checklist for agents to grant buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals peace of mind.
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The Buyer’s Pre-Purchase Home Inspection provides a comprehensive examination of existing homes, consisting of a visual inspection of your home from roof to foundation. The goal of this inspection is to objectively identify material defects in the systems, structures and components of the home, in adherence to ASHI® & InterNACHI® Standards.
Our inspectors will inspect the readily accessible systems and components of the house, including the structural system, roof system, exterior, plumbing system, electrical system, heating system, air conditioning system, insulation & ventilation, interior, and fireplaces. Our inspectors will report on those systems and components inspected which, in the professional opinion of the inspector, are significantly deficient or are near the end of their service lives. Our inspectors will also endeavor to provide a reason why, if not self-evident, the system or component is significantly deficient or near the end of its service life. In addition, our inspectors will include their recommendations to correct or monitor any deficiencies noted
Thinking of selling your home? Worried there may be red flags that arise once an offer is made and the buyer’s inspector gets involved? A pre-listing inspection is a minimal investment with vast return at negotiation time.
Knowing what the buyer’s inspection will reveal is advantageous. A Pre-listing inspection can set your mind at ease and give you the flexibility to handle repairs and safety concerns that need to be addressed to sell your home. You will have more control over how the repairs are completed and more time to complete them. Fixing needed repairs in advance and knowing what concerns could still be there can make for a smoother negotiation and closing.