With more than 30 years of building experience, Chuck Anderson, owner of Anderson Home Inspection, offers a complete home inspection for prospective buyers and homeowners in Huntsville, AL and surrounding towns.
Chuck Anderson will check everything from water penetration and foundation movement to chimneys and skylights. He does a thorough inspection of the building’s structural integrity, interior systems, such as plumbing and heating, and exterior features, such as porches, decks and walkways.
Chuck Anderson will advise you of any safety concerns and if any existing problems may lead to possible costly repairs in the future.
Anderson Home Inspection follows all the rules and regulations of the state of Alabama.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.
What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence. If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs. 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.
What will it cost?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and possible optional services such as septic, well or radon testing. Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. 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. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, and compliance with your state’s regulations, if any, and professional affiliations as a guide. For More Information please follow links below:
ADOPTED PERMANENT RULES CHAPTER 170-X-25
HOME INSPECTOR'S ROSTER
Radon testing is $175 - $150 if prior military done at the same time of home inspection.
Preparing for a Home Inspection:
There are a number of things that can be done to prepare for a home inspection. The buyer or real estate agent should work with the seller to ensure that:
1. The utilities are turned on.
Electric, gas and all other utilities should be working so that your inspector can properly test and operate all the systems and components in the home. Some home inspectors may charge a fee to return to the home and inspect anything that they could not properly inspect or test the first time, so don't overlook this!
2. Pilot lights are lit for any heating or cooking appliances that will be inspected.
Home inspectors will NOT light pilot lights for stoves or heating units. These units need to be operational at the time of inspection. Put yourself in the inspector's shoes for this one: would you want to walk into an unfamiliar home and ignite an appliance that may not have been properly maintained or repaired? For an inspector, it's an invitation to a disaster or a lawsuit, and home inspectors WILL NOT take that chance.
3. Heating units are accessible.
This means that the area around the furnace, boiler or other heating appliance is free of stored items and clutter. Your home inspector is not required to (and in most cases WILL NOT) move items away from the heating unit in order to do his or her job.
4. Electrical panels are accessible and unlocked.
All electrical panels and sub-panels should be readily accessible so that the inspector can remove the panel cover and inspect the wiring within. Also, be aware that a home inspector may refuse to inspect an electrical panel if part or the entire panel or distribution box is wet, or shows signs of fire damage or short-circuiting.
5. The attic area is accessible and cleared of stored items.
The attic of a home is a very important area. By inspecting the attic, a home inspector can diagnose the causes of roof damage or premature roof failure, mold, ice dams, and many other problems with the home. This area should be readily accessible. Your home inspector needs to be able to get into the attic, first of all. Scuttle holes, walk-up accesses and pull-down stairs should be unobstructed and free of stored items so that an adult male can enter freely. If access to the attic is gained through a closet ceiling, then the closet area should be free of clothing and other stored items in order to allow the inspector to place his ladder there and climb into the attic.
In the attic area, be sure that all areas of the attic are visible and accessible. Remember - a home inspection is a visible evaluation of the home....if it is not visible, it cannot be properly inspected.
6. Crawl space entrances are accessible and unlocked, and that they are not screwed or nailed shut.
Another important area of the home is the crawl space. Let's face it...nobody likes to go down there. Crawl spaces hold all kinds of unsavory things: rodents, snakes and spiders, not to mention plumbing, electrical and structural components that are rarely seen. So it stands to reason that the crawl space is one of the least maintained areas of a home, but one of the most important. Be sure that your inspector can gain access to the crawl space to view the floor structure, wall structure and any plumbing or electrical components in that area of the home. If you contact a home inspector and they state that they do not inspect crawl spaces, look for another home inspector. But be aware that your inspector is within his rights to refuse to enter a crawl space if the area presents an obvious health hazard such as standing water, leaking sewage, and evidence of rodent activity, evidence of snakes or other life or health-threatening situations.
7. Showers and bathtubs are free of stored or personal items.
One aspect of the plumbing inspection is running water into tubs, showers and sinks in order to look for leaks and obstructions, and to ascertain that the plumbing fixtures are in good working order. Obviously, if the tub is full of clothes or is being used as a makeshift aquarium for the goldfish while the tank is being cleaned (yes this happened to me), your inspector will not run water into it and will not be able to properly inspect the plumbing components.
8. Sinks and dishwashers are cleared of dishes and the area beneath all sinks should be free of stored items.
A home inspector needs to be able to see and freely inspect the plumbing and drainage components for sinks, dishwashers and garbage disposals. Be sure that the inspector is able to access these areas so that YOU can be sure that everything is in good working order.
9. Any pets are secured for the inspector's safety.
Even Chihuahuas can turn into Cujo when a new person shows up in their home. You, or the home seller, may think that the dog is not a threat, but bear in mind that the dog doesn't know the home inspector, and the home inspector doesn't know the dog. Unfamiliarity can sometimes breed contempt: the dog has never seen the inspector and may view him or her as a threat. Your inspector is there to sniff out problems in the home, and may not have an extra half-hour to gain Fido's trust. It is always best to tie or otherwise secure any pets during a home inspection.
10. All items and areas to be inspected are readily accessible.
This may seem redundant, after discussion about crawl space accessibility, attic accessibility, etc. But it bears repeating.
Home inspectors will not normally move items out of the way to inspect systems or components, and most inspectors will take pictures of obstructed areas to document that there were items in the way at the time of inspection in order to absolve themselves from litigation issues. So if an area is not accessible and visible, the home buyer is ultimately the person who is short-changed after paying several hundred dollars for an inspection. In my experience, home inspectors are very qualified in general...rarely have I encountered a home inspector who doesn't take their task seriously. But a home inspector is only as good as their accessibility.
Contact Anderson Home Inspection today at 256-714-0498, or browse the website for more information about radon testing.