I take pride in providing honest, objective, and thorough home inspections. Relying on 12 plus years industrial maintenance experience, I will leave youwith a very detailed yet easy to understand report. I will work diligently to communicate information to help you make an informed home-buying decision.
A home inspection is a visual, non-destructive, non-invasive assessment, and is intended to focus on the broader view. This is an informative service and the feedback you receive will give peace of mind by providing a snapshot of the condition of the home on the day of the inspection. My goal is to help you gain a better understanding of the house. It is im
portant for you to hire Ott Home Inspections because excellent attention to detail and strong technical background is what will make your home-inspection experience a great one.
The home review will include a visual inspection of the following major systems and components:
Roof, vents and flashing, and trim
Gutters and downspouts
Skylight, chimney and roof penetrations
Decks, porches and walkways
Yard grading and drainage
Basement, foundation and crawlspace
Water penetration and foundation movement
Heating and cooling systems
Interior plumbing fixtures
Electrical service entrance and meter
Main disconnect and service amperage
Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
Ground fault circuit indicators
Attic insulation and ventilation .....
Getting you the facts you need to make an informed
Ott Home Inspections was started to get you the facts you need to make an informed home buying decision you can feel comfortable about.
Homebuyers, homesellers, homeowners, or anyone who wants to make an informed decision about a house based on objective information deserves a home inspection. Inspecting the physical condition of a house is an important part of the home-buying process and should
be included in your purchase contract as a conditio
n of closing the sale.
Get a Pest Report;
In addition to the general inspector, it's wise to hire a licensed structural pest control inspector, who will create a special pest report on the property (unless the seller has already commissioned one -- pest inspectors, unlike general inspectors, traditionally accept work on properties they've inspected, so they have every interest in finding problems). The pest inspector will look for infestation by wood-boring insects such as termites and flying beetles, as well as evidence of dry rot and other fungal conditions. (For a rundown of all the critters that might munchon or otherwise damage your home, see Nolo's article Common House Pests.) Some general contractors are also licensed pest control inspectors, but
they will normally charge extra for doing double duty. Be sure you get a written report of all inspections.
Consider Special Inspections;
Depending on the property and your personal sensitivities, you may want to arrange specialized inspections for hazards from floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. The same goes for environmental health hazards such as mold, asbestos, and lead. And, if the general inspection revealedproblems with the roof, foundation, or other areas that are hard to access or potentially expensive torepair, you may also want to hire a specialized inspector.
After the Inspections Are Completed;
If the inspection reports show that the house is in
good shape, you can proceed with the purchase, knowing that you're getting what you paid for.
If the inspections bring problems to light -- such as an antiquated plumbing system or major termite damage -- you can negotiate to have the seller pay
for necessary repairs or to lower the purchase price or you can back out of the deal, assuming your contract is written to allow you to do so.
The inspector should note:
•whether each problem is a safety issue, major defect, or minor defect
•which items need replacement and which should be repaired or serviced
•items that are suitable for now but that should bemonitored closely
A really great inspector will even tell you about routine maintenance that should be performed, which
can be a great help if you are a first-time homebuyer.
Home Inspection Shortcomings;
A home inspection can't identify everything that might be wrong with the property - it only checks for visual cues to problems. For example, if the home'sdoors do not close properly or the floors are slanted, the foundation might have a crack - but if the crack can't be seen without pulling up all the flooring in the house, a home inspector can't tell you for sureif it's there.