J.F. Lue

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J.F. Lue

Direct: 408.357.8776
Office: 408.358.1111x877
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Home Inspection

Home Inspections

 
What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from roof to foundation. A home inspection is the equivalent of a physical examination from your doctor. When problems or symptoms of problems are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation or remedies.

What does a home inspection include?

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standard home inspection summarizes findings from a visual inspection of the condition of the subject home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; foundation, basement, and the visible structures of the home.

Why do I need a home inspection?

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home inspection summarizes the condition of a property, points out the need for major repairs and identifies areas that may need attention in the near future. Buyers and sellers depend on an accurate home inspection to maximize their knowledge of the property in order to make intelligent decisions before executing an agreement for sale or purchase.

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home inspection points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After an inspection, both parties have a much clearer understanding of the value and needs of the property.

For homeowners, an inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn about preventive measures, which might avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, an inspection prior to placing your home on the market provides a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector, and provides you an opportunity to make repairs that will make your home more desirable to potential buyers.
 
What will it cost?

I
nspection fees for a typical single family home vary by geography, size and features of the property, and age of the home. Additionally, services such as septic inspections and radon testing may be warranted depending upon the individual property. Prices vary. It is a good idea to check local prices in your area as you consider a professional home inspection.

Do not let the cost deter you from having a home inspection or selecting an inspector you are comfortable with knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the time and expense.

The lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. The inspector's qualifications, including experience, tra in ing, and
professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration in your selection.

Can’t I do it myself?

E
ven the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. A professional
home inspecto r has the experience, depth of knowledge and training to make an unbiased and informed report of the condition of a property.

An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation and maintenance. Also, the inspector understands how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail and knows what to look for and is uniquely suited to interpret what their findings reveal about the condition of the property.

Most buyers find it difficult to remain objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information about the condition of a home, always obtain an impartial thirdparty opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.