Capital District Home Inspectors - Services

Whether your selling your home or looking for one to purchase, don't make the mistake of neglecting a professional and thorough home inspection.

Home Inspections for Sellers

Considering selling your home? Capital District Home Inspectors can help you with a "Pre-Listing Inspection." A Pre-Listing Inspection with thermal imaging can discover not only minor and or deferred maintenance issues, but also major defects, safety hazards and other issues that may hinder your ability to sell your home or property for the highest possible price and in a timely manner. A home energy audit can also go a far way, as it can indicate the areas in which you can improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Let us help you eliminate those pesky, inconvenient disclosure issues that typically arise in the middle of a sales transaction. Armed with this prior information, you'll be able to make more informed, knowledgeable decisions on how to proceed with your sale.

Home Inspections for Buyers

Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?

Relax. Most of your home inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections.

The issues that really matter when getting a home inspection fall into four categories:

  1. Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure.
  2. Things that lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak, for example.
  3. Safety hazards. Such as an exposed live buss bar at the electric panel.
  4. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home.

Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property. Thermal imaging can help to expose these issues, so they can be identified and fixed accurately.

Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Don't kill your deal over things that don't matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure, or nit-picky items.

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