Why have a home inspection?

Buying a home is most likely one of the largest purchases you'll make in your lifetime. Having a professional go through the home will greatly reduce the risk of costly repairs. It will allow you to make an informed investment decision. Given the escalating costs associated with building, remodeling and upkeep on a home investing in a home inspection is a wise choice.

What can you expect when you hire us?

Are you in the process of buying a home? Having the home inspected is the best thing you can do to have a more informed decision on the purchase of your home. After all, this is probably the biggest investment you will ever make. Buying a house can be an extremely stressful and overwhelming experience. In addition, there is a great amount of risk involved when making such a large purchase. A professional inspection will greatly reduce the amount of risk involved and will help make the entire home buying process easier and less stressful. CBO Home Inspections enjoys helping its clients in this home buying process and provides highly skilled professionals as well as excellent customer service.

We highly recommend all of our clients to accompany us during the inspection. It will give you a chance to see what we see and ask questions! We will be happy to answer any questions you may have during and after the inspection process. The inspector will show you the positive as well as the negative aspects of the house. The inspector will also point out potential problems of the house and explain what routine maintenance is needed to keep the house in top condition. It is a great time to get tips on routine maintenance items or just gain an utmost understanding of the systems that make up your home. We will provide you with a comprehensive report that is easy to understand. The report will cover all the aspects identified during the inspection process. Your inspection report will not only provide you with an understanding of immediate concerns, but also provide you with information that will assist you in maintaining and enjoying your new home! In choosing CBO Home Inspection, you are choosing someone you can trust to objectively and independently provide you with a high quality, comprehensive analysis of the home's major systems and components --- APART FROM ANYONE'S INTEREST OTHER THAN YOUR OWN !

Your home is likely the largest investment you'll make in your lifetime. Before you make your final buying or selling decision, make sure you obtain a "CBO Home Inspection".

What is an inspection

The home buying process can be confusing and stressful. Not only do you need to consider things such as price and location, you also have to worry about whether the house itself has any hidden problems that could become costly surprises down the road.

At CBO Home Inspection, it's our job to look for those hidden problems for you. Our Home Inspection is an unbiased, professional assessment of the condition of the house. It provides you an expert opinion and professional report on the condition of the physical structure and various systems within the house, giving you peace of mind on what is likely the largest purchase you'll ever make.

In order to prepare the report, the inspector must conduct a visual inspection of the house. The inspection process typically takes about 3 hours to complete. This of course may vary, according to the size and condition of the home. We strongly encourage you to accompany the inspector during the inspection. This will give you a chance to ask questions and become familiar with the systems of the home.

Pre-Purchase inspection

When buying a home, you should always have a professional home inspection performed. You need to know exactly what you are getting. The professional home inspection will reveal any hidden problems with the home so that they may be addressed before you close the deal, making your buying decision much easier and more confident.

When we inspect the home we will look at all the systems that make up the building such as: Structural elements, foundation, framing etc....

Heating & air conditioning systems Plumbing systems Roofing Electrical systems Cosmetic condition, paint, siding etc...

The inspection report will tell you what needs to be repaired and what routine maintenance tasks you should perform to keep the house in top condition. You should require an inspection at the time you make a formal offer. Make sure the contract has an inspection contingency. Then, arrange for an inspector of your choosing to come inspect the house and pay close attention to the inspection report. If you aren't comfortable with what we find, you could negotiate your concerns to your satisfaction before closing. The professional "C-BO" home inspection will reduce the risk of costly surprises with what is likely to be the largest purchase you will ever make. It helps you to make a more informed, more comfortable decision.

Listing inspection

If you are selling a home, you'll get the highest price in the shortest time, if your home is in top condition. And you want to find out about any hidden problems before your house goes on the market. Almost all sales contracts include the condition that the contract is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory inspection. This is known as the inspection contingency. Buyers will insist on a professional home inspection performed by an inspector they will hire. If the buyers' inspector finds a problem, it can cause the buyer to get cold feet and the deal can often fall through. At best, surprise problems uncovered by the buyers' inspector will cause delays in closing, and usually you will have to pay for repairs at the last minute, or take a lower price on your home. It's better to pay for your own inspection before putting your home on the market. Having a pre-listing inspection done will make the whole sale process easier. Find out about any hidden problems and get them corrected in advance, on your own terms. Or present the items as is and reflected in the purchase price. Otherwise, you can count on the buyers' inspector finding them, at the worst possible time, causing delays, and costing you more money. One of the key benefits of having the inspection done early is that if there are any problems discovered that need to be repaired, you can have the repairs done on your own terms, on your own schedule. When a problem isn't found until the buyer has an inspection performed, the deal you've worked so hard to get done may fall apart unless you act quickly to get the repairs done. Or you may have to take a lower price, in order to keep the deal moving. In either case, you'll almost certainly have more headaches, and spend more money, than if you'd known about the problem and had it repaired before negotiations began. You could save thousands by simply being able to shop around and get competitive bids from contractors, rather than being forced into paying for a rush job at the last minute. .

You can also benefit from simply offering certain items as is. Often, you can negotiate with a buyer to accept items in the current condition by stipulating that they are reflected in the purchase price. But that same buyer may walk away from the deal if the conditions come as a surprise, after an offer has already been made. If the home is inspected before the house goes on the market you will be aware of the condition of the house before an offer is made. There won't be any surprises and the deal is far less likely to fall apart. It takes a lot of effort to get a sales agreement signed in the first place. If the inspection turns up problems, the buyer will want to negotiate a new deal and that second sales agreement is usually even harder to get done than the first one. By having a pre-listing inspection done, you can identify problems early. Then either 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 inspections

There are good reasons to have a professional inspection performed on the brand new home you are buying.

Buying a new house is likely one of, if not the largest purchase decision you'll ever make. The whole process is fraught with emotion and stress. A professional home inspection will substantially reduce the risk for your large investment in a new home. It just makes sense to learn as much as you can about the quality of your new home, before signing off on everything. Building a new home is a tremendously complex endeavor. It involves many people, usually split up into sub-contractor groups, each working on different parts and systems of the house. Even for the best builders, it's nearly impossible to complete this process without missing something. Maybe it's a plumbing fixture that didn't get tested for leaks, maybe it's an electrical box that isn't working, or any one of dozens of minor problems that can easily be overlooked in such a major undertaking. We will find such problems while it is still early enough for you to bring them up with the builder and have them corrected before you sign-off and start moving in. For the relatively small cost, a professional "CBO" inspection of your new dream home can pay big dividends in peace of mind and getting any problems identified and corrected before they can become an unpleasant surprise.

Maintenance inspection

Maintenance inspection

Too many people request an inspection only upon buying or selling a home, then never again. That's like visiting a doctor once in your life and assuming you'll never get sick afterwards.

In fact, a home can acquire all kinds of problems over the years, including hidden water damage, electrical wiring problems, and more. Some problems may become serious, even hazardous, if not detected early. That's why more homeowners are protecting their investment over the long run with preventive maintenance home inspections.

Having a "CBO" maintenance inspection can help you:

  • Protect your family from health and safety hazards
  • Protect the market value of your home
  • Solve problems and make repairs before they become costly
  • Save on utility bills through energy efficiencies
  • Speed up the sale of your home with full disclosure