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Five Questions a Homebuyer, Seller or Realtor® Should Ask a Trenton Home Inspector before Hiring Them

 

Not all home inspectors are the same. So how can you be confident that you’re hiring the right one? Whether you’re buying, selling, or just checking on your home’s condition, here are five key questions to ask:

 

Home Inspectors TrentonAre you certified and insured? CHI® (Certified Home Inspector) or PHI® (Professional Home Inspector) certifications are important, but they’re actually not required. These prestigious certifications will assure you that your inspector has undergone more than 500+ hours of education and advanced training, ensuring that your inspection is thorough and reliable. PHI certified inspectors take it a step further. They’re also required to carry Errors and Omissions Insurance coverage. So find out if your inspector has a PHI designation behind his name.

 

Trenton Home InspectorAre you ISHI® certified? Make sure your inspector is ISHI (International Society of Home Inspectors) certified. ISHI standards exceed all others in 14 vitally important ways. Here are some critical checkpoints only required for ISHI inspections: foundation, furnace heat exchanger, all accessible doors and windows, installed built-in appliances, all accessible outlets and more. Additionally, ISHI written reports include positive attributes of the home.

 

Home Inspectors TrentonDo you inspect the foundation? Most don’t. In fact, if they say yes, be sure to ask them how they inspect it. They should use a foundation level device to take measurements throughout the house to determine the levelness of the foundation. These measurements are then recorded on a diagram – included on a CAD drawing – showing any uneven foundation settlement.

 

Trenton Home InspectorWhat if a potential problem is found during the inspection? This may be hard to believe, but if a potential problem is found during an inspection, most inspectors will tell you to call an electrician, roofer, or plumber for further evaluation. With A-Pro, you will NEVER need to call a third party, saving you time, money, and hassle with our “no further evaluation guarantee.”

 

Home Inspectors TrentonWhat happens if you miss something during an inspection? With most inspectors, you will have to pay for repairs and replacements – even if the problem was missed during the inspection. Their evaluation is little more than an opinion. When you choose A-Pro, you receive this pledge: “If we don’t report it, we repair it™” at our own expense, for covered claims up to 120 days.

 

 

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Home Inspectors in Trenton

The Porch: Five Critical Checks Performed

by Your Home Inspector

For some families, a front porch tops the list of “must-haves” when searching for a home. Home-shoppers may envision lazy summer days sipping lemonade on an old-fashioned swing, or talking with neighbors while watching hummingbirds drink from a feeder.

Your home inspector will see the porch from a much different perspective. Before signing on the dotted line, make sure you have a home inspector examine all aspects of the porch, pointing out defects, elements that may fail soon, and safety concerns that warrant immediate attention.

Here’s what you can expect from a porch inspection executed by an experienced home inspector, courtesy of your friends at A-Pro Home Inspection:

Columns and Posts: A home inspector will visually assess and make recommendations on the condition of the structures supporting the roof and floor. This includes reporting on signs of rotting wood, settling, concrete deterioration, loose or missing bricks/stones, and other situations which may compromise the porch’s integrity. Remember that the ability to gain access underneath a porch allows for a more extensive visual assessment, but this isn’t always possible.

Railings: Loose handrails, bottom rails, and balusters can be dangerous. Your home inspector will evaluate whether these items are secure. The column which supports the railing will also be checked by the home inspector. When railings are not present, your home inspector will note if they are required under building code regulations. Further, the inspector will determine if spacing between balusters meets safety guidelines.

Stairs: The home inspector will examine the stairs for loose or missing boards, rotting wood, uneven concrete, or cracked mortar.

Roof:  Signs of sagging, separation from the house, rotting wood, missing tiles, and leaks will be reported by the home inspector.

Floors: Pooling water due to poor drainage can damage porch flooring over time. Your home inspector will check for wood rot; loose, broken, and cracked boards which present safety hazards; sagging; and improper spanning of joists, which raises concerns about the floor’s ability to support loads.

Home Inspector Maintenance Tip: Never install carpeting on open porches. Carpeting retains moisture that could lead to hidden wood rot.

Porch inspections are just one important part of an A-Pro 500-point home inspection. To hire a certified local A-Pro home inspector, visit here or call 1-609-331-9200.Home Inspectors in Trenton

 

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