How it works: I’ll take the property information and we’ll set the time. I will forward a pre-inspection agreement for your review and electronic signature via Adobe Acrobat. This is to have both the inspector and client understand the course of action and to be on the same page. This document is a required contract that includes:
(1) Address of property.
(2) Home inspector compensation.
(3) General description of what the home inspector will and will not inspect. That description will include all items that the Washington State SOP requires to be inspected.
(4) A statement that the inspection does not include investigation of mold, asbestos, lead paint, water, soil, air quality or other environmental issues unless agreed to in writing in the preinspection agreement. (5) Consideration.
An electronic copy with all involved signatures prior to the inspection will be emailed or a hard copy will be provided to you at the time of the inspection. These procedures are all requirements of the Washington State Home Inspector SOP. The entire Washington Administrative Code (WAC) is found at https://app.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=308-408C
What to expect at your inspection; A standard inspection takes 2-3 hours of on-site time depending on the size and components. The findings will be reviewed with you at the time of evaluation and/or over the phone w/report in hand. The digital report with photographs will be sent to you either same day or within 24 hours if additional research is needed.
According to the WAC “The purpose of a home inspection is to assess the condition of the residence at the time of the inspection using visual observations, simple tools, and normal homeowner operational controls; and to report deficiencies of specific systems and components.”
The report covers what was seen at the time of inspection. If anything is viewed problematic, it will be reported to the client as such. But for example, a toilet clogs or a roof leaks after the inspection is performed, or if the condition was concealed by walls, floors, or personal belongings even, it could not have been reported at the time of the inspection.
It’s a long report. But a home is a major investment or asset. Its suggested to set aside time to read the entire report. You have the opportunity to learn a lot about the home. Make notes, ask questions. I’m here to help with those questions. Also, there will be a summary with the most problematic areas, things to repair or monitor. Part of my job includes making sure you can understand this dry technical report.
Nothing is perfect. There is no such thing in a major investment! But the report is for you to decide what you would want to repair or replace! Or even if you’d want to pass altogether.
To Buy or Not to Buy. I am not here to tell you which avenue to pick. The report is neutral. I am an unbiased party. The report will advise of routine maintenance and possible repair solutions, but they are only recommendations. You can look at the repairs and defective items list and decide what’s for you to deal with. If a component ‘doesn’t look right’, it will be recommended to have further evaluation by a specific system contractor. If there is soot on a furnace cover, I will recommend an HVAC professional evaluate and estimate repairs or replacement. Why? Maybe it’s a combustion problem, maybe it just needs maintenance. I’m not an HVAC professional so I want you to know what is needed by one.
I am here for the duration! This might be overwhelming. It was when I bought my home. I am here for you even after the on-site report is completed. I have a long history of customer service – I enjoy people – I like to help.
The report is the property of the client. Washington Law says no one can use or distribute the report without your consent first. If an agent or another buyer/seller asks for the inspection report, you can refuse based on potential issues of legal disclosure. You can also share it. You can tell me to share it with your agent or your contractor. We’ll put it in writing in the pre-inspection report.
The report will cover the components and have a narrative with photos if found to be deficient in some way. There will be portions that will be satisfactory or in working condition that won’t need any comments or photos. The area’s that need repair, upgrading of safety features, monitoring or needing mention will be labeled as such. There is color coding and summarizations as well.
There will also be info about appliances with pertinent makes and models for reference. Reminders to ask the seller about different things like any paint colors used, construction records and permits, or lock combo’s. Also attached will be information of monthly, quarterly and annual maintenance of typical home components. Where your water meter and main shut off is located. It’s a great deal of information for the property for your use today and into the future.
Buying a home is an adventure; it can be stressful, it can be maddening…. And it will be so worth it! I would love to assist you with the inspection portion of the process!