Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs a home inspection?

Many people are recommended to have home inspections:

  • If you’re buying a home
  • If you’re selling a home
  • If you’re buying a brand new home
  • If you have a builder’s warranty on a new home

What is inspected during a home inspection?

Mountain & River Residential Inspections home inspectors follow the Washington State & InterNACHI Standards of Practice. The following are some of the many items we will be inspecting:

  • Foundation and support structure
  • Fireplaces
  • Roof systems
  • Basements
  • Safety controls
  • Hot water heater
  • Ventilation
  • Electrical capacity and components
  • Electrical panel and sub-panels
  • Walks and driveways
  • Built-in appliances
  • Structural integrity
  • Steps, stairs & hand rails
  • Heating system
  • Air Conditioning system
  • Plumbing System and Fixtures
  • Garages
  • Surface drainage near the home
  • Windows and doors
  • Insulation
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Decks
  • Sump pumps

What are some of the desirable qualifications of a home inspector?

  • Belongs to a professional association
  • Is certified
  • Is licensed
  • Is insured
  • Provides a guarantee
  • Covers a broad range of items within inspection
  • Has a thorough, detailed report
  • Performs inspections representative of Washington state & InterNACHI Standards of Practice

Why do I need an inspection if I'm selling?

  • It is recommended you get your home inspected. This prevents you from having to perform repairs or pay for repairs when you go under contract.
  • You receive an unbiased report from a company you can trust.
  • You are able to even increase the value of your property before you sell it by making the necessary repairs.

Why do I need an inspection if I'm buying a home?

  • It is generally well-known that getting a home inspection before buying a resale home is a good idea. This is in order to avoid costly repairs in the future as much as possible. The report will present you with items that you can request are repaired or replaced in your Inspection Objection. Basically, it is a great way to save you money in the future!

What IS a home inspection?

  • Process: It is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by the Standards of Practice.
  • Product: A meaningful and thorough report about the condition, attributes, and defects of the property.
  • Purpose: To identify visible defects and/or conditions of a property, as well as the function and/or integrity of items, components, and systems of the inspected property.

What is a Home Inspection NOT?

  • Able to identify concealed or latent defects.
  • Concerned with aesthetics or what could be deemed matters of taste or cosmetic defects.
  • Able to determine the market value of the property.
  • Advisement of the purchase of the inspected property.
  • Capable of relaying the life expectancy of the property or components.
  • A county code inspection.
  • A certification of property or its components.
  • Technically exhaustive.

Why do I need a home inspection if I'm buying a brand new home?

  • No one is perfect, and even brand-new home builders make mistakes.
  • It is beneficial to have numerous inspections throughout the build process to prevent unsafe foundations, incorrect rough framing, faulty electrical, HVAC, and plumbing, and improper dry wall and insulation installation.
  • It is also important to have a final inspection to ensure your home is safe and up to standards.

What is an Inspection Report?

  • Provides a summary of the property’s attributes—both negative and positive.
  • Includes photos of the property taken during the inspection.
  • Your report should be received within 24 to 48 hours after the inspection and should give you the information needed to make an informed decision regarding your perspective property.

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