The Inspection Process
The inspection is conducted by one of our professional staff who have years of experience in working with the major components of a building and who will take an in-depth and impartial look at the property.
Our inspections include a thorough exterior inspection, interior room-by-room analysis, and complete examination of the major components throughout the home. Items are inspected with a qualified opinion of their present condition, operation, and function.
We encourage our clients to participate in the inspections process so as to become familiar with all of the systems and components of their new home.
What The Inspection Covers
Roof Structure & Covering Materials
Gutters & Downspouts
Valley & Roof Flashing
Chimney & Chimney Flashings
Soffit, Eaves, & Fascia
Brick, Exterior Siding, Tuck pointing
Doors, Windows, Trim, & Caulking
Decks, Porches, & Balconies
Driveways, Walkways, & Patios
Grading & Site Drainage
Electrical Overhead Service & Outlets
Garage, Floor, Outlets
Air Conditioner Compressor
Main Electrical Service Panels & Outlets
Central Heating & Cooling Systems
Plumbing Components & Drain Lines
Basement / Crawl Space / Foundation
Attic Space Ventilation & Insulation
Main Water Valve & Supply Pipes
Hot Water Heater
Sump & Sanitary Pumps
Room to Room Analysis
Kitchen & Laundry Appliances
Gas Leak Detection
the inspection report
Safeco Home Inspections uses state of the art 3-D inspection system reporting software to produce a narrative, easy to read report, including clear digital pictures of any items needing attention.
The report is presented to you and your attorney, usually with in 24 hours, along with a report summary page listing all the deficiencies emphasizing on safety, mechanical, and structural issues.
The Inspection Serves
3 Basic Purposes
Plan to attend the inspection
Be prepared to ask questions
The inspector is working for you.
He will answer any question or discuss any concerns you may have.
You are recommended to attend the home inspection. Please be aware that a typical inspection lasts for 2 – 4 hours depending on the size, complexity and/or the age of the property.
During the inspection process the inspector will periodically stop to inform you about a specific item that may need attention or to educate you about some maintenance needs, or potential safety issues.
During the inspection you will be asked to absorb a lot of information and make important decisions in a relatively short period time. This will include a written report, checklist, photographs, and what the inspector himself mentions during the inspection process.
Please keep in mind that payment is due upon completion of the inspection.
In our experience most sellers are honest, and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection.
If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the property, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs. In other cases a selling price adjustment or a credit is agreed.
Your attorney will be the best judge of what, if any, action should be taken and negotiate the best deal for you.