What is An Inspection?

An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a building. If you are thinking of buying a single family residence, condominium, manufactured home or multi-unit apartment building you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional certified inspector.

What is Inspected?

 The inspection covers all aspects of the property which include exteriors, structural components, electrical, plumbing, and heating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

We evaluate the many systems and hundreds of components in the home and identify items that are not functioning properly, have damage, are beyond their useful life, or are unsafe.

Why Should I Have a Home Inspection?

As a buyer, purchasing a home is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. Because it is such a big investment, you need to know the current condition of the property’s structure and systems as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and be able to make a confident decision.

Foreclosed homes can sell for a fraction of their original worth, and may seem like a real bargain, a fixer-upper at a low price. While there are plenty of good deals to be found on the foreclosure market, these homes can also harbor unpleasant surprises. In order to understand if the property is a good investment or a long term money pit, it’s important to have a professional home inspection performed on the property to prevent buying someone else’s liability.

As a seller, finding hidden conditions that would adversely affect the sale of your home before it goes on the market, just makes sense!  Most sales contracts today include an “inspection contingency”, which means the contract is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory inspection.   Buyers will insist that a professional home inspection be performed, and hire an inspector of their choice.  If the buyer’s inspector finds issues with the home’s condition, it could cause delays in closing, added expense for last minute repairs, lower price for your home or the loss of a sale.

Be proactive and find out about any hidden problems and get them corrected in advance, on your own terms.  Or present the items “as is” reflected in the purchase price.

Preventative Maintenance Inspection (PMI) is important for your home. Your home is not only your largest single investment and asset, it is where you live. Russco Home Inspection recommends having a PMI preformed on every home every 3 years at the very least.  It is important to safeguard your home, maximize life expectancy, and minimize repair costs, operating cost and energy consumption.

How Long is the Home Inspection?

 The onsite home inspection generally takes 2 1/2 to 4 hours to complete, depending on size, age and condition of the home.