A Property Inspection is a non invasive, visual inspection of a building, carried out by a fully qualified professional trained and experienced in evaluating buildings and their components.
The inspection is designed to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your potential purchase. You will be able to walk away from the inspection with a clear knowledge of what major issues (if any) are involved with your property, and which items will need maintenance in the short and longer term.
It is important to bear in mind that since an inspection is visual and non-invasive, no part of any building will be tampered with or dismantled – obviously this includes NOT removing drywall, digging up the garden or drilling holes in the roof. The building will be in identical condition after the inspection. Indeed, if an Inspector does any damage to any building or contents, he would be liable for the cost of repair or replacement. Any reputable property inspector will carry insurance to cover the event of accidental damage – and are well within your rights to ask to see proof of this insurance before the inspection commences.
A typical Property Inspection can be separated into three areas:
Visual Inspection – you will meet your Inspector at the property at an agreed time to take part in the evaluation. Come on – let’s take a look round your new house! Many clients enjoy the inspection experience, as they feel their way around an unfamiliar property with a professional guide. At Aston Property Inspection, we encourage our clients to participate, but it is not mandatory. The inspection will last about three hours for a typical family home, depending upon size and condition.
Inspection Report – Our visual inspection involves a verbal discussion of our findings, where the inspector will also be happy to answer additional questions. In addition we guarantee to provide an individual written report to the client within 48 hours of the inspection, though we can sometimes be quicker if our client has an urgent need. Our report will be specific to the property inspected, and will not be a simple checklist of items that you could fill in yourself.
Post-Inspection Resource – The Inspector will be available to you after delivery of the report, to clarify any issues arising from the report, or to answer any questions you may have about any aspect of the inspection process. This service is included within the inspection fee. An Inspector report in the State of California is valid for Four Years. An Inspector can be an invaluable resource for you long after you have moved into your new home or commercial building. Most Inspectors will not charge a fee for verbal consultation. Please contact us to discuss your needs.