Most of our inspections will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
- Major defects: current or past structural failures due to seismic events.
- Things that lead to major defects: a roof-flashing leak or a wet crawl space.
- Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home: a poor roof or furnace.
- Safety hazards: wiring issues like overloaded circuits or double tapping at the electric panel.
Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property prior to moving into the home. Too many homes are bought by unsuspecting buyers who find out they cannot afford the true cost of homeownership due to necessary improvements or high energy bills.
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Keep things in perspective. It is difficult to ask that a seller address deferred maintenance they can't afford to do, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure or cosmetic items. Serious issues need to be addressed, or at least understood by all.
If you agree that happy homes require a smart start, then you can put the AHIT nationwide reputation for service and reliability to work for you here in the San Francisco Bay Area. By using Napa Valley Home Inspections, you benefit from experienced home and commercial building inspectors that deliver reports that meet or exceed the state of California and national standards. We encourage your presence during the end of the inspection whenever possible. By being present, our certified inspector can familiarize you with the home's various issues.