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Choosing the right home inspector can be difficult. Different inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods, and pricing. One thing that’s certain is that a home inspection requires a lot of work. Ultimately, a thorough inspection depends heavily on the individual inspector’s effort. If you honor Focus Inspections by permitting me to inspect your new home, I guarantee that I will give you my very best effort. This I promise you.
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Our firm and other area firms used the services of Tom Gant frequently. Our clients expressed grateful satisfaction for those services rendered. We found Tom Gant to be personable, communicative and timely. We highly recommend Tom Gant!
Focus Inspections was not only thorough, but educated me on the important parts of my home. I felt throughout the process that Tom Gant had my best interest in mind, and left no stone unturned. As a first time home buyer I felt my interest was protected, and that I gained important knowledge about my new property!
Tom was great and very helpful and realistic. Didn’t let me worry about things that weren’t worth worrying about, and that is very comforting for a snowbird!
Focus Inspections was very good. They explained everything. They have great customer service. The receptionist was very helpful as well.
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12 Reasons to Use a Home Inspector
When things begin to get serious during your search for a new home, it’s time to call in a professional to handle one of the most important steps in the home buying process: a home inspection. While some confident buyers believe they can eyeball a potential purchase for problems themselves, experienced homebuyers know there are a whole host of reasons to hire a professional for a top-to-bottom inspection.
- Uncover safety issues. So many issues hidden within a home can put the health and safety of you and your family at risk: radon, carbon monoxide, mold, faulty wiring. Even a leaky faucet could set off a major mold problem if left unrepaired.
- Document illegal additions or installations. Renovations, additions, and installations which don’t meet local building codes can affect your insurance, taxes, and home value.
- Reveal pest and insect infestations. Nests and unwelcome visitors in the attic, termites in the walls … If your potential home is already inhabited by guests from the wild kingdom, you’ll want to know.
- Pinpoint structural issues. Foundation issues are a common problem in some areas of the country, and they can be quite costly to repair. Structural problems can even affect your insurance coverage.
- Find construction problems in new homes. New construction isn’t immune to problems either: defective materials and appliances, poor workmanship, incomplete or incorrect work. An inspection ensures you get what you paid for.
- Meet insurance requirements. Your home insurance company may require you to obtain specialized certifications such as wind mitigation certificates or meet specific requirements for protection against foundation issues or water damage and flooding.
- Get a better feel for what flaws you’re willing to work with and what flaws represent deal-breakers. It’s all too easy to become wrapped up in that hideous paint job in the kitchen — that is, until you’re presented with a list of electrical system deficiencies and signs of mold in the basement. An inspection helps you focus on the big picture and figure out which issues you’re willing to accept and which mean no deal.
- Forecast future expenses. An experienced home inspector can give you a general idea of how long the current appliances and systems might make it before needing repair or replacing.
- Gain maintenance and improvement advice. Your home inspector can give you invaluable maintenance advice about this house and others of its kind in the area, as well as tips for upgrading and making the most of the home’s existing features.
- Document deficiencies to cover your liability. When you’re ready to resell this home some day, any issues dating back to its original construction or previous inspection will become your liability. Protect yourself by documenting the home’s condition at purchase.
- Fuel tougher negotiations. A complete home inspection is one of the best negotiating tools you could ask for. Use deficiencies and shortcomings as bargaining chips for price reductions or concessions on closing costs or move-in dates.
- Retain one last chance to retract your offer. A home inspection documenting deficiencies gives you one last opportunity to reconsider whether this home is right for you —one final chance to back out of your offer.
Looking for your next home? Don’t let an overenthusiastic seller pull the wool over your eyes by talking up home improvement projects which don’t add value.