Importance and Benefits of Home Inspection

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FAQs

Your home is the largest single investment you will probably make, and you will benefit from knowing exactly what you are getting into as far as needed repair and maintenance. Most people who are emotionally attached to the buying decision and would not get a clear picture of the condition of the house. An emotionally detached (disinterested) evaluation by a professional experienced home inspector will clearly identify issues, specific maintenance concerns, safety shortfalls, and ideas about how to rectify these issues. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase. You should be provided with extensive information to feel comfortable with your new home and your buying decision.

An inspection is an evaluation of the structure, systems, appliances, and environment by an independent, impartial professional. Home inspections require written reports. having your new home evaluated by a professional prior to the close of escrow will save you headaches and add years of pleasure to your home buying experience.

Most home inspections take about 3–4 hours of the actual inspection time. These times may vary depending on the size, age, and condition of the home.

A thorough inspection covers everything from the roof to the foundation. Obviously, only visible items can be inspected; items that are within the walls could not be included in the evaluation of the property. Items inspected include but are not limited to:

Roof and flashing
Attic
Framing
Insulation
Ventilation
Gutters
Siding and trim
Ground drainage
Retaining walls
Driveways and walks
Fireplace
Major Appliances
Electrical system
Plumbing system
Water heater
Air conditioning
Heating system
Safety equipment
Ceilings
Floors
Walls
Windows and doors
Chimney
Basement
Crawlspace
Foundation
... and more.

The best time to schedule is immediately after the buyer has the house under contract. This also assures the house will not be under contract while the inspection is conducted.

A professionally trained home inspector who has been certified by a governing body like the International Code Council (ICC) and/or the Georgia Association of Home Inspectors (GAHI), preferably a home inspector with many years of experience.

Yes, Georgia simply requires a home inspector to have a business license. Be sure to ask questions carefully regarding certifications, experience, and ongoing education.

Presently the inspection industry is self-regulating. The Georgia Association of Home Inspectors,(GAHI), the only association that requires International Code Council (ICC) code certification before becoming a full member, has a standard of practice, and a code of ethics for all "certified" full members.

Look for a home inspector that has been inspecting homes for quite some time. Previous background to home inspecting is also important. Many inspectors come from another discipline like plumbing or framing. This is good if you want only the plumbing or framing inspected.

A typical inspection will take from 3 – 4 hours. Report documentation takes another 1 – 2 hours.

This service is crucial to understanding your report and is an important part of any professional home inspection.

Checklist type reports are usually incomplete, difficult to read, and are limited to the amount of information they can present. Look for a computer-generated narrative report customized to your home.

Most all inspectors provide an agreement form that makes it clear that the inspector could possibly miss something while he is inspecting. The inspection is not an insurance policy or a warranty. This makes hiring a competent, ethical inspector quite important.

This generally is the first question asked but tells the least about the inspector/inspection. Fees are generally based on size, age, and various other components of the home. A quality inspection backed by a company that has been in business a long time, with a reputation for standing behind their work sometimes requires a higher investment. The expense is minimal compared to the overall cost of your home Rest assured you will avoid headaches later on down the line.

Employment

Home Inspectors:
A Calibre home inspector would complete home evaluations for primary buyers of new and resale homes.

Basic Requirements:
Exceptional working knowledge of the operation of a single-family residence.
The physical requirements could be strenuous. Workdays could be longer than 9 – 5 pm. The workday consists of indoor and outdoor activities traveling from location to location and meeting diverse clients. Good oral and written communication skills are necessary to assist clients in their understanding of the condition of their new investment.
Sufficient computer skills are essential to manage proprietary computer software and handle files in an inspection delivery system.

Compensation:
Inspectors earn fair compensation for work completed based on certifications, training, and experience. Inspectors that have additional peripheral certifications could earn additional income as work is performed.

Applicants:
A good working knowledge of the operation of a single-family residence. All inspectors will eventually be required to pass the qualifying certification exam through InterNACHI. Applicants are also considered if they have a background in engineering, have passed the IRC section from ICC, qualified inspection training schools, or individuals that have good people skills and trade skill experience.
All applicants should have a reliable vehicle and a good driving record.
All applicants will be required to have a US background check, criminal background check, and periodic drug testing.

Candidates:
Candidates that are interested in employment should send a resume to info@calibrehomeinspections.com.

Employment Application

Please submit an introductory letter explaining why you are the best candidate for this position and your resume to be considered for employment.
All candidates will need both of these submitted by email. We look forward to hearing from you.

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