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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a home inspection?

ASHI defines it as: The process by which an inspector visually examines the readily accessible systems and components of a home and which describes those systems and components in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice. The Oklahoma Home Inspection License Statute uses similar guidelines for their standards.

We feel it is more important than that. Quite simply, we feel its peace of mind. Peace of mind in knowing the condition of your potential new home, is what you can live with. We often tell our clients there's no such thing as a perfect house. If you are looking for one you may want to stop looking. During our inspection, we review over six hundred items throughout the home. As much as we are trained to recognize construction and major system defects, there will most always be maintenance or upgrade concerns. Know what you can live with and what you cannot. A qualified and experienced home inspector can point out the good and the bad, the serious and not so serious.

The home inspection is your opportunity to not only find deficiencies but learn about the house as well.

There are a lot of misconceptions as to what a home inspector covers.

First, a home inspection and report is not a warranty or guarantee that a home or parts of the home are in good condition beyond the day of inspection. A home inspection is simply a snapshot in time and cannot be used to try to predict what might happen to the home once the inspection is completed.

The inspection and report also should not be construed to be a code compliance inspection or an appraisal. I don't think it is possible for a home inspector to discover every defect (depending on the type of inspection chosen) during a one to three hour inspection. Some defects do not appear for months.

Secondly, a home inspector will use his best effort, knowledge and experience to try to discover any defects that can be observed during a visual inspection of the accessible areas. But, for example, if the seller covers a water stain on a ceiling with fresh paint and does not disclose a present or prior leak, the inspector most likely will not find the stain unless it happens to be raining on the day of the inspection.

The main source of dissatisfaction with home inspectors comes from the comments made by the repair contractors and servicemen. They may say, "I can't believe you had this home inspected, and they did not find this problem." Some problems do not become apparent until the repair work has commenced.

Who is responsible? The seller, the inspector or both parties? The problem with the sellers disclosure form is that most sellers are not aware of the house's defects. As far as they are concerned, the paint that covered the stain was a proper repair. As far as the inspector is concerned, the stain was not present or visible at the time of inspection.

However, if you have a major defect that was concealed by the seller, they should be contacted to make restitution. If the problem was concealed but could be easily discovered by a prudent visual inspection, the inspector should be contacted.

If the default problem occurred after you purchased and moved into the home, then welcome to the world of home ownership. Things break, without notice, and need repaired. Granted, some inspectors are more knowledgeable and thorough than others. Inspections range in price and thoroughness. The question begs, did you get what you paid for?

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