Who is a Home Inspector?

A Home Inspector is a professional licensed by the State of North Carolina to observe, evaluate, and report on the general condition of a home and its components.  Components that may be evaluated during a Home Inspection include Structural Components, Exterior, Interior, Roofing, Plumbing, Electrical, Heating, Air Conditioning, Insulation and Ventilation, and Built-in Kitchen Appliances.  Home Inspectors are trained to identify concerns with these components that may not be noticed by the untrained eye.

What is a Home Inspection?

A Home Inspection is a written report generated based on information gathered and evaluation conducted during examination of a home. The report is designed to give you an understanding of the home and its components as well as identify any system that is not functioning as intended.  The report will clearly guide you to the next recommended step when a concern is identified. Included with every Home Inspection performed by York Home Services is a post inspection consultation to ensure you understand the findings of the report and answer any questions you may have.  We also encourage you to be at the home as the inspection is performed so that you can become more familiar with the home and review any concerns you may have.

 

When Should I Get a Home Inspection?

Pre-Purchase

Once you decide to purchase a home and have entered what is known as the due diligence period, a home inspection should be conducted.  The home inspection will enable you to have a greater understanding of the home and its components. Concerns you may have with the house can be addressed and other concerns that you may have been unaware of may be identified.  If more information is needed regarding an identified concern, an expert may be called in for a more extensive evaluation. As the buyer, you can request that a seller make repairs related to concerns or make other concessions. Your Realtor should be consulted during this process.  

Pre-Listing

Thinking about listing your home for sale? A Pre-listing inspection is a great way to have any concerns that you know of with your home evaluated and unknown concerns identified.  By identifying concerns prior to listing your home, you can make your house more marketable, and potentially avoid a situation where a prospective buyer could walk away from purchasing your home.

Annual Maintenance

Just like you should visit a Doctor for routine examinations, or your vehicle should have routine maintenance performed by a mechanic, your home needs to be examined by a Home Inspector.  Conditions that can result in costly repairs can develop quickly in a home. It is important to help identify and correct these problems before they become severe. At York Home Services, we are trained to identify problems that may not be readily apparent to most home owners.

New Construction

I have a new home, nothing should be wrong, right?  During the building process, there are many people that work on your home.  While builders try to monitor everything that happens, it is very easy to miss something.  York Home Services can inspect your new home during or after construction and work with your builder to correct any observed concerns.  Many builders also offer warranties on their workmanship during the first year you are in your home. Some defects or concerns are not easily detectable before a home is exposed to the stress of being lived in.  York Home Services offers a follow-up inspection at a discounted rate to re-evaluate a home once it has been lived in.

Warranty

In addition to warranties granted by builders on new construction homes, warranties are often included by sellers to incentivize purchasing their home.  York Home Services can help you maximize the benefit of your warranty by identifying concerns that may be covered under the warranty.

Radon

Radon is a tasteless, colorless gas that is generated as radioactive uranium deposits decay within the earth.  Radon gas and its harmful byproducts can penetrate any type of home and produce harmful health effects for its occupants.  The EPA lists Radon as the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The good news is, if potentially harmful levels of Radon are detected in your home, there are many methods of mitigation that can bring the levels down to a safer level.  Detection is an essential step to know if your home should have Radon mitigation measures implemented. York Home Services has the equipment and knowledge to test your home for Radon.

Water

As a convenience to our customers, York Home Services can collect a drinking water sample during a home inspection and deliver it to a laboratory for evaluation.

Ethics and Resources

At York Home Services, we hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards.  In addition to self-imposed standards, we abide by a code of ethics established by the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board.  York Home Services also abides by additional ethical standards set forth by Inspector Nation, the largest professional organization of Home Inspectors in North Carolina.  As part of those ethical standards, York Home Services will not conduct any repair or maintenance work on a home that we have inspected.  Your privacy is very important to us.  York Home Services will not disclose your personal information or results of any inspection to anyone other than you (the client) or a party authorized by you.

We encourage you to read the North Carolina Standards of Practice to better familiarize yourself with the details of home inspections.

We also encourage you to explore the following resources from Inspector Nation:

Home Buyer’s Guide

Do I need a Home Inspection?

The Home Inspection Process

The EPA has extensive literature available on Radon

 

Find a full listing of pricing for Home Inspections on our pricing page.

Have questions or concerns about anything? Please contact us.