Purchasing a home or a piece of investment property is by far the biggest reasons a home inspector would be called, followed by selling or renovating your house.
You have the right to know, as a home buyer, what your getting for your investment money. Pre-purchase is the most common inspection asked for. Most home buyers wouldn't think about buying a home without an inspection. It's their leverage at the negotiating table. They know something about the house the owner doesn't or didn't disclose. It's also the type of inspection that can help you decide if your budget for repairs and replacements at this house, exceeds the price of the move in ready Tudor house down the street. Mortgage lenders haven't always required inspections, but Oh! how times change. Not only have they been aggressive in pre-purchase inspections, some are becoming pro-active.
Everybody, from HGTV personalities to your local Realtors, can tell you the colors to paint, what to de-clutter and ways to stage your home for a quick sale in todays' market. Although the cosmetic side of a piece of property is very important, It's the bones of the house that will make or break the deal. Nearly all sales contracts include an "Inspection Contingency" clause, that everything hinges on the completion of a satisfactory home inspection. Mortgage lenders that are Pro-Active, as well as savvy home buyers, are insisting on professional home inspections performed by Certified Inspectors. Surprises in a home inspection can cause last minute repairs, price negotiations, delays at closing or even cold feet and no deals. Getting your own inspection first, allows you to set a firmer asking price, find out about any hidden problems and get them corrected in advance, on your terms. You could save thousands by simply shopping around and getting competitive bids. It takes a lot of effort to get a sales agreement signed, but by having a pre-listing inspection done, you can identify problems early, correct them or present them as is, assuring that the first offer you accept can move quickly and smoothly to closing without delays or costly surprises.
New Home Inspection
There are good reasons to have a professional inspection performed on the brand new home you are buying. Buying a new house is likely the largest investment decision you’ll ever make. The whole process is fraught with emotion and stress. A professional home inspection will substantially reduce the risk factor. It just makes sense to learn as much as you can about the quality of your new home, before signing off on it. Building a new home is, at least, a complex endeavor. Even for the best builders, its nearly impossible to complete this process without missing something. Maybe its a plumbing fixture that didn’t get tested for leaks, maybe it’s a clogged air vent to the master suite, maybe it’s open junction boxes in the attic, or just maybe it’s a bow in the brick wall sitting on top of a fresh crack in the foundation. Any one of dozens problems that can easily be overlooked in such a major undertaking. We can identify such problems while it’s early enough for you to approach your builder with your concerns before you sign-off and start moving in. For the relatively small cost, a professional inspection of your new dream home can pay big dividends in peace of mind and getting any problems identified and corrected before they become unpleasant surprises.
The Builder’s Inspection is for the pro-active builder that want to assure the property he’s selling will not only meet the city codes, but pass the most thorough inspection by VPI. As with the pre-listing inspection, when the punch list is complete we’ll return to print out a clean report for viewing at open houses. VPI’s Builder Inspection can save every builder time, money and resources. CALL VPI TODAY to find out about builder pricing!
11th Hour Inspection
VPI‘s 11th Hour inspection is for those who had VPI do their initial inspection. If you had purchased a Home Warranty at the time you closed on your property, you are eligible for the 11th Hour Inspection. VPI will return 11 months after you’ve moved in, and do a follow-up inspection to check to see if you have any issues that would fall under the home warranty. If so, you will have one month to file your claim before the warranty expires.
There is not much difference between the Investor’s inspection and all the others with the exception of how it’s delivered and the investor program. The investor program is a unique program that allows the investor to stay on-top of all the maintenance needs without ever going into the property while leased. The property’s first inspection is regular price and once a calendar year VPI will re-inspect the property at ½ price, keeping you abreast of the maintenance issues. All Investor inspections follow the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) Standards of Practice.
You know your house has been lacking maintenance but you’re not sure what all needs it and what doesn’t. You don’t have to be buying or selling to get a full home inspection. So many people inherit their childhood homes after their parents move on and the house is run down and is now in the liability column instead of the asset column. VPI’s thorough inspection will enlighten you to all the areas that have been neglected and which one need immediate attention. All Maintenance inspections follow the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) Standards of Practice.
VPI offers a Professional Witness Service along with a full detailed report and legal brief for court proceedings. We know that bad contractors are out there, and they need be held responsible for their work and their crews and sometime a law suit is the only remedy if no mediation clause was signed. Pricing and reports will vary. Contact VPI with your specifics to get pricing.
A VPI Safety Inspection is for renters that wants to make sure the property they’re renting is safe. You would be surprised how neglected rental properties are, broken window locks, no smoke alarms, HVAC systems leaking Carbon Monoxide etc. Landlords will most often fix the things requested if only asked to. VPI’s Safety inspection holds them accountable and gives you leverage for negotiating a better price.
Move In – Move Out Inspection
The Move In / Move Out Inspection is for management companies to view the units through the eyes of a home inspector and not the property maintenance man or manager. Most move in move out inspections address cosmetic issues only without testing the HVAC system, windows, doors cabinet hardware etc. All Move In / Move Out inspections follow the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) Standards of Practice. A download version is ready to view/print under the ASHI SOP button.
The VPI IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) Inspection is for the Energy Sleuth. VPI will perform the standard ASHI inspection along with scoping the air duct system, thermal imaging of the exterior walls and floors and a full Energy Audit of the structure. This inspection is not cheap, but it will show you all the areas of energy deficiency the structure has and how to correct them. All IAQ inspections follow the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) Standards of Practice.