Home Inspection Process

The home inspection process can feel confusing right?  When you find your dream home and you put in an offer. The offer then gets accepted. Now your told you should get a home inspection preformed on the property.  A home inspection? Many first time home buyers don't have a clue what this is but it's OK! Many home buyers don't. After you come accustomed to the fact you should have one, it's even more difficult to interpret what was found during the inspection and how severe the issues are. This is where EHS stands out from many other companies. We like to hear questions from our clients about what's in the report. We always tell them "if you have any questions just ask".

Inspection Timeline Process

  • You're told you need a home inspection.
  • You're given a 7-10 day inspection window.
  • You may call EHS or visit our website to schedule an inspection.
  • We inspect the home and, in most cases, deliver your report by email the next day.
  • We go over the report together over the phone or at the inspection.
  • You take the information within the report to make a sound decision about your new home purchase.

A few Major Defects found during a Home Inspection:

Often times while preforming a home inspections in the Metro area, we find minor defects ranging from an interior door not opening and shutting properly to ceiling fans that don't work. Sometimes we find major defects. These defects can be safety issues with electrical components or material defects in the structure that can be costly. I would like to go over 4 of these major defects and explain why it's important to our clients when these issues are found.

  1. Foundation; foundation issues such as large cracks due to separation are by far one of the most expensive repairs especially when it comes to concrete foundations. Crawlspace foundations consist of wood/concrete piers, wood girders,and floor joist which is mostly found in older homes. Sometimes I will find over stressed wood components or poor workmanship.
  2. Electrical; this is one of the major safety issues I find in many older homes. When most of these homes were built, building codes were not enforced like they are today. I would find amateur wiring done by past homeowners (which is very unsafe). Sometimes I would find electrical components that were recalled many years ago still being used. 
  3. Roof; a home's roof protects the interior from outside weather elements. It's one of the most important component of a home. A simple roof leak can create unseen costly damage to the interior
  4. Plumbing; I notice sometimes homeowners would temporarily "fix" leaks thinking it's permanent. Plumbing leaks can also cause damage resulting in expensive repairs.