Why Have Your Home Inspected?
(Even if it is new construction)
How to Avoid a $10,000 Mistake And Buy a Quality Home!
HOME INSPECTION FAQ’S
Q. Why do I need a Home Inspection?
- The purchase of a home is often the largest single investment families ever make. Learning as much as you can about the condition of the property before you buy just makes sense. The time to discover the need for any major repairs is before you sign on the dotted line.
Most home warranty companies require a certified professional inspection before they will issue a home warranty. Therefore, it will be necessary to have your home inspected to purchase a reputable home warranty.
Q. What is a “Home Inspection”?
- A home inspection is an objective (professionally unbiased) visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the foundation to the roof. Having a home inspected is like getting a physical check up. If problems or symptoms are found, the Inspector may recommend further evaluation.
Q. Can’t I inspect my own home?
- Yes, but even very knowledgeable homeowners lack the professional experience of inspecting thousands of homes. Our ASHI Inspectors are professionally trained and certified to see and report specific concerns that could easily be missed or misunderstood by less experienced Inspectors. In addition, our written report becomes a legal document that can protect You and assist You – especially in the negotiation process.Note: Most Buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want. This often affects their judgment and objectivity. To protect Your family and Your investment, it is a wise step to obtain an impartial third party professional opinion to help You make Your final buying decision.
Q. Can a house fail the inspection?
- No. A home Inspector will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe the physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement. Also, Home Inspectors do not perform appraisals (which determine market value), nor municipal inspections(which verify local code compliance).
(More FAQ’S at the end of this article!)
Our Pricing is Affordable
1. All our inspectors are dually certified – which saves additional trip fees. We offer discount bundle pricing!
2. We are not a franchise therefore we have lower overhead
3. We accept all debit and credit cards and checks
4. We also accept payment at close -ask for details
You’re the Winner Every Time!
Not only do we have competitive pricing, but our inspections can save thousands in unexpected and unwanted repair bills.
Our Inspectors are very thorough, personable and professional
We schedule your inspection with enough time to thoroughly inspect the attic, crawl spaces and every accessible area in your home. You will receive the best expertise and service available. We encourage you to attend and bring a list of any concerns or questions you may have. Your inspector will take time to answer or explain each one.
When it comes to Your Largest Investment
Why Not Inspect with the Best?
It only makes sense.
Four Common Pitfalls to Avoid
In Your Real Estate Transaction
Myth 1. I don’t need to use a Realtor
Knowledge and Experience are your greatest assets. We can learn from our own mistakes, but it is much less painful to learn from someone else’s. Experienced Professionals know the mistakes others have made and can help you avoid them.
Solution: Work with a Realtor who knows the laws that protect you and has the knowledge and experience it takes to guide you through the transaction and negotiation process. Realtors can save You thousands!
Myth 2. I’ll worry about financing later.
Many home Buyers miss their dream home (at their dream price) out of the chute, because they were not pre – approved. Some one who had pre – approval got in ahead of them and they missed the deal of the century.
The reality is Good Deals are snatched up quickly.
Solution: Select a lender and get your financing pre–approved.
Myth 3. I don’t need to inspect my home.
Many have purchased homes with hidden defects, which cost $1,000’s to repair. Every home defect will become yours once the sale is final, but by then it is too late to negotiate.
Solution: Know what you’re buying before You buy.
Myth 4. I’m Selling – I don’t need to inspect.
It is to your advantage to schedule a pre-listing inspection before you list your home for sale. This will keep you in the driver’s seat on items you might want to fix. And it helps your agent with an accurate listing price.
Solution: Call 7 Oaks Home Inspection for details: 636-456-0001.
ALWAYS INSPECT BEFORE YOU INVEST!
Advantages of a Home Inspection
- Discover some vital information to improve your home buying experience
- Reduce the potential risks in not knowing the true condition of your home
- Maximize your investment
7 Oaks Home Inspection
for your next inspection?
- We’re proven professionals. Many home inspection companies last less than a year. We started in 2003 and are here for the long haul. We don’t just want the inspection on your current house, we want your next home and your neighbors, friends and family’s homes as well. We want to earn the right to receive your future business. Therefore, we do our best to ensure everything possible to provide customer satisfaction and the best inspection available.
- We take pride in providing the Best Service Available. We know we have the finest team of Inspectors in the business. They are ASHI Certified and leaders in their field. We have one of the best training and mentorship programs anywhere. We are proud to say we have an A plus rating on BBB.
- Our Inspectors have regular meetings to improve their technical and professional skills.
- Our Inspectors undergo ongoing certification training.
- Our Inspectors are highly respected in the industry by other inspection companies.
- Our Inspectors lead the field by providing first rate service and training to other professionals.
- We’re here to serve You. We want Your business. We know You have a demanding schedule. We are here to meet that schedule. We are continually seeking new and innovative ways to better serve You. We strive to deliver the best service available to improve your home buying experience.
What to Expect from 7 Oaks Home Inspection, LLC
7 Oaks Home Inspection associates abide by the ASHI Code of Ethics. Our adherence to this code signifies that 7 Oaks Home Inspection, LLC associates will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the following provisions:
- We conduct business with honesty and integrity and always treat our customers fairly.
- We always perform inspection services professionally and with care.
- We avoid bias decisions that may conflict with the needs of the customer.
- We always make an appointment with You and will strive to be on time.
- We are available for our customers after an inspection to ensure their satisfaction.
- 7 Oaks Home Inspection will only accept inspections which we possess the expertise to perform and will only assign staff with the requisite expertise.
- 7 Oaks Home Inspection will ensure that before accepting any inspection, a mutual understanding of the inspection and fee arrangements have been established.
- 7 Oaks Home Inspection will offer to withdraw from any inspection when their objectivity or integrity may be impaired.
- 7 Oaks Home Inspection will agree in advance with a client on the basis for fees and will charge fees that are reasonable, legitimate and commensurate with the services delivered.
9 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Inspection
We recommend the Realtor and the home Buyer and/or Seller follow this list to receive the most out of the home inspection.
- Allow 2 – 3 hours for a thorough home inspection.
- We encourage you to attend your inspection to gain the greatest value in return for Your inspection investment.
- 7 Oaks Home Inspection will do our best to accommodate the schedule that’s needed for the buyers and the sellers.
- All utilities (gas, electric, water) should be turned on and pilot lights lit to be able to complete a full inspection.
- All appliances, equipment, and systems will be inspected and returned to the operating condition in which they were found.
- Access and keys for all parts of the property must be available, including garages, exterior and interior doors, attics, out buildings, etc.
- The home owner should remove all items, which block access to the furnace, boiler, water heater, attic, crawl space, access panels, electric service panels, water meter, etc.
- All tubs, sinks and basins should be emptied, except spas and pools where applicable.
- Ensure that all light fixtures are operational (replace burnt out bulbs as well). Ensure that all windows close and lock.
Get Ready for a Phenomenal Home Inspection!
Important Services to Consider With Your Home Inspection
Termites cause more than one billion dollars of damage to structures each year. That’s more damage than fires, storms and earthquakes combined. Homeowners insurance will help recover losses from fires, storms and earthquakes, but it is almost impossible to carry insurance against termite infestation.
Both new and old homes can be infested with termites. That’s why most Lenders require a whole house inspection, which includes a termite inspection and radon test. From experience, they know all three of these conditions need to be addressed in the sale of real property for the financial security of the home as well as the health and safety of the occupants.
Termite Inspections are inexpensive and pay for themselves many times over!
Always Inspect Your Home for Termites.
Mold Sample Collection
A normal dry home averages 1 mold spore per cubic yard. In a damp house, mold spores reach up to 7000 spores per cubic yard.
Did you know?
New construction homes typically have 5 tons of water inherent in building materials. That 5 tons of water may take 6 months to dry properly.
Mold Needs Three Things to Grow
Water, Air and a Food Source (Your home). Eliminate the source of moisture and You can stop mold before it takes over Your home.
Mold and Your Health
Previous occupants may not have been affected by mold in the home. Some people have no reaction to mold. In those who do, the symptoms vary greatly. The most common symptoms include eye irritation, sneezing, sinus problems, congestion, chronic coughing, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, irritability and migraines. Often children and people with compromised immune systems are most susceptible to mold exposure.
It’s Important to Know if Mold is Present in Your Home Before You Buy.
7 Oaks Home Inspectors are licensed by Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to do septic and well inspections. Additionally, we are listed as septic inspectors for St Charles county in Missouri.
This protects the buyer from the potentially high cost of system repair or replacement soon after the sale.
Protecting the buyer also protects the seller and other parties involved in the sale.
A septic inspection will minimize the possibility of unknowingly selling a house with a defective or failing system. A documented properly functioning system can also be a good selling point and enhance the value of property.
Why do Septic Systems Fail?
The most common reason for early failure is Improper Maintenance.
When a system is poorly Maintained (not pumped out on a regular basis), solid waste material builds up inside the septic tank, then flows into the absorption field, clogging it beyond repair.
Do you need help with repair cost?
Ask us about new state programs that offer low interest loans and grants for septic repair. Call us at 636-456-0001
Carbon Monoxide Testing
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is called The Silent Killer for good reason. It claims more than 1,500 lives a year. Many more people suffer from CO side effects (headaches, irritability, nausea, etc.) without even knowing it. Why? Because..
CO Poison Symptoms Often Mimic Common Flu Symptoms
Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas. It is caused by incomplete combustion of solid, liquid or gaseous fuels. Common causes are shown in the picture above.
Test for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning!
Top 10 Most Common Home Defects
Home buying is meant to be a wonderful experience. Our Inspectors add valuable knowledge and expertise to your experience. All homes have strengths and weaknesses. Before you sign on the dotted line, you want to know the true condition of the property. Our inspection helps you avoid unwelcome surprises down the road. And helps you understand the strengths of the home plus care and maintenance.
- Structural & Foundation Defects (Average Repairs $5,000 to $15,000)
- Worn Asphalt Shingle Roof (Replace $5,000 to $10,000)
- Defective Furnace (Repair/Replace $1,500 to $2,500)
- Inadequate Electrical Service (Service upgrade $1,000 to $2,000)
- Inadequate Attic Insulation (Re – insulate $1,000 to $5,000)
- Defective Air Conditioner (Replace condenser ($1,000 to $3,000)
- High Radon – [Above 4 picocuries] (Radon mitigation $850 to $2,500)
- Termite Damage (Repair damaged areas $500 to $5,000)
- Wood Rot At Windows and Doors (Repair damaged areas $1,000 to $4,000)
- Fireplace Defects (Repair damaged areas $500 to $3,000)
New Home Construction Defects
Even new homes can have construction defects that need to be addressed. Therefore, it’s in the buyer’s best interest to obtain an unbiased independent third party professional inspection.
If you are building a new home, we offer ‘stage of construction’ inspections. These include inspecting the foundation, framing, rough ins, finish and final inspection. Call for details.
Our Inspectors regularly observe improperly installed:
- Flashing on windows, doors, roofs, decks and siding.
- Framing, roofing, electrical, plumbing and landscaping drainage systems.
- Vapor/water barriers, insulation, foundations, driveways, retaining walls and guttering
- Substandard building materials – costing from $100’s to $1,000’s to repair
The time to inspect Your new home is before you make your decision to buy. Builders are much more motivated to repair things before the home is sold than after.
New Homes have Problems Too…
What’s Covered in our ASHI Certified Inspections
All our inspections meet or exceed ASHI Standards of Practice. Visit www.ashi.org for more information.
Why Choose 7 Oaks Home Inspection
- Our prices are very competitive
- One call does it all – multiple services in one company
- Our written reports are easy to understand
- Our inspectors are both ASHI and NACHI certified
- We are respected affiliates of the real estate community
- We have flexible scheduling to meet your needs
- 7 Oaks is Veteran owned and in business since 2003
HOME INSPECTION FAQ’S
Q. Do I have to attend the inspection?
We strongly recommend you attend the inspection. You can ask questions directly as you learn about the condition of the home. You can learn how its systems work and how to maintain them. It will be the best 2 hours you could spend learning about your new home. You will also find the written report much easier to understand if you’ve walked through the home with your Inspector.
Q. What if the report reveals problems?
All homes have strengths and weaknesses. If your Inspector identifies a condition that needs attention, this may become a point for negotiation.
Your Realtor will be Your greatest asset in this process.
Q. If the house is in good condition…did I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you know the condition of your home. After the inspection, you will probably know more about the property than the previous owner.
Q. Why use ASHI Certified Inspectors?
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is the national leading professional association for home Inspectors. ASHI’s “Standards of Practice” have served as the universally recognized standard for professional, legal and governmental authorities.
ASHI requires continuing education in technical seminars and workshops throughout the year. ASHI also serves as a public interest group by providing accurate and helpful consumer information to homebuyers on purchasing and maintaining their home.
Q. Who belongs to ASHI?
Members of ASHI have met the most rigorous technical and experience requirements in effect today. To become an ASHI Member, an Inspector must pass two written technical exams, have performed a minimum of 250 professional fee paid home inspections, and maintained his or her candidate status for no less than six months. ASHI Members are required to follow the Society’s Code of Ethics, and to obtain continuing education credits in order to be proficient in the latest in building technology, materials and professional skills.