What is a home inspection?
From the roof to the foundation, a home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home.
What's included in a home inspection?
The items covered in a home inspection include: lots & grounds, exterior surface, roofing, electrical, structure, attic, HVAC, plumbing and interior. For more information visit the services page.
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report.
Should I get a home inspection?
Yes! Purchasing a home is a huge investment and you'll want to make sure you are aware of any possible defects. An inspection can identify the need for repairs as well as detect hidden dangers such as radon gas or mold. If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
How much will an inspection cost?
The inspection fee will vary depending on whether the property is residential, commercial or multi-family. For a quote please contact Mark Garland at 330-565-9022 or email him at Mark@garlandinspection.com.
Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have an inspection. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain.
Should I do the inspection myself?
No! Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise to perform a thorough inspection. Mark Garland is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.
Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. Therefore, the inspection will not pass or fail a house but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
What is ASHI?
Since 1976, ASHI has worked to build consumer awareness of home inspection and to enhance the professionalism of its membership. The ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics serves as a performance guideline for home inspectors, and is universally recognized and accepted by many professional and governmental bodies.
ASHI is an organization of independent, professional home inspectors who are required to make a commitment, from the day they join as ASHI Associates, to conduct inspections in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, which prohibits engaging in conflict-of-interest activities that might compromise their objectivity. ASHI Associates work their way to ASHI Certified Inspector status as they meet rigorous requirements, including passing a comprehensive, written technical exam and performing a minimum of 250 professional, fee-paid home inspections conducted in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Mandatory continuing education helps the membership stay current with the latest in technology, materials and professional skills.
Mark Garland is a certified by ASHI. (#102674)
When should I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Should I be there during the inspection?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
What if the inspection reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.