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Statistically, the average family moves once every seven years. This translates into a tremendous number of homes being bought and sold each year. Surprisingly, most people know very little about the homes they purchase, even though a home will probably be the largest single investment they will ever make. America has evolved into a primarily white collar society. Most homeowners today know very little about basic home construction, wiring, plumbing, etc. The ones who are knowledgeable are often simply too busy to invest the time and energy to thoroughly inspect a home they plan to purchase.

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Sadly, many homeowners move into their new homes to find costly hidden repairs waiting for them. Chances are these hidden repairs could place the homeowner under a financial burden since most people use up a large portion of their savings to buy the home in the first place. This is why home inspections are becoming more and more common in the United States. The federal government (HUD) has recognized the need for home inspections and allows up to $300 in closing costs to pay for a home inspection. Realtors, mortgage bankers, relocation companies and large employers have also endorsed the home inspection industry and the service it renders.

Having a home constructed is an exciting but stressful process, there are so many choices to be made during the planning and construction process. Retaining the services of a Licensed Professional Inspector or Engineer who specializes in home inspections can relieve the home buyer of a lot of stress. The home inspection engineer is familiar with pitfalls that can be avoided early in the construction, it makes good sense not to try to reinvent the wheel when the engineer has been down the same path many times before. The home inspection engineer may know some things that the contractor may not be aware of because the contractor sees the home when it is built when everything looks fine, the home inspector engineer sees the results of the construction many years down the road. Some construction materials and components that are being used these days may be an economical choice to the builder to help increase profits; however, the downside to the home buyer is a shorter service life with increased maintenance expenditures. Speak to your home inspection inspector or engineer regarding these construction issues.

Having your home inspection engineer inspect the home at the various stages of construction is advisable. First, it is a good idea to have the engineer visit the site before the construction begins. A visit to the site when the foundation walls and footings are constructed is next in order. Subsequently, the inspector or engineer should return to the site when the structural framing is complete to be sure that there are no structural problems or areas that need reinforcement. The next visit should be planned when the rough electrical, heating, and air-conditioning is installed and prior to the installation of the finished walls. At this time, the engineer can look for any defects or omissions that will not be visible once the finished walls are constructed. A final inspection should be scheduled when the house is complete; the inspector or engineer can then test all electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems for proper installation and function, and inspect all physical components for proper installation.
Be sure that your home inspection report will be a detailed written report, not a hand written checklist that is given to you at the conclusion of the home inspection. A checklist may be void of details and may not provide all of the information and engineering advice you need.
Quality Diligent inspections has developed a systematic method of inspecting a property's condition. All the major systems from the roof to the foundation are visually inspected including the heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing systems. Upon completion of the inspection, the property buyer receives a comprehensive oral review and within 24 hours an easy to read report detailing the property's positive features as well as any repairs that might be necessary.
Currently Diligent Home inspections will do all the inspections under the guidance of Alan Austin Professional Inspector #5184. Click the bottom link to find out more about Diligent Home Inspections.

One of the most important aspects of a Building Inspection is how efficient the individual inspector is organized for expediting the physical inspection of buildings. A well developed plan for the day's work helps building inspectors permit us to make more complete in the inspection work. Providing more complete inspections will improve code compliance and decrease the number of mistakes, resulting in a drop of problems.

Many building departments will issue building permits to the owner of property who desires to construct or alter a structure. The owner ordinarily has no special qualifications and in most cases is one who does not realize the hazards connected with construction. He will perform and be responsible for an important job without adequate credentials. The desire to make additional profit or the misunderstanding on the part of a contractor or builder may lead to the existence of hazardous conditions on the job. Quality field inspection is the only means available for discovering and remedying these hazardous conditions. The best engineering design and the most competent plans check is made useless unless a competent inspector makes a thorough field inspection.

Mastery of  techniques in this area gives inspectors an approach to the daily work load and an efficient solution to problems.

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