Hiring a professional home inspection company
Home inspection companies come in all shapes and sizes, from one man operations to large national franchises. Depending on the services you need it is important that the Inspection Company you hire is thorough and well trained.
In order to get a complete picture of the state and condition of your home your inspection company is going to need access to all areas in your home from the attic to the basement and even sewer lines. A complete inspection means peace of mind to a home owner or potential home seller.
A quality home inspector will look in all the nooks and crannies of your home.
Will a home inspector look into ceiling panels on a floating ceiling?
Home inspectors are not required to move ceiling panels. However, sometimes a ceiling is installed to cover up previous damage. Removing a few ceiling tiles can give the inspector access to viewing any potential issues like previous damage. The other reason for looking above “drop ceilings” is to inspect any plumbing or electrical lines that a homeowner may be trying to conceal purely for aesthetic reasons. If you are remodeling a basement for instance drop ceilings are a way to cover up floor joists, duct work, electrical lines sewer lines etc. This would allow a homeowner to convert a basement space into a fully usable home space.
Will a Home inspector inspect outside my home?
Yes, a professional inspector will identify issues outside the home in relation to drainage. Proper drainage can make the difference between a dry basement space and moisture or worse wet basements that can lead to mold and mildew. Drainage systems can include gutters, and landscaping. Improperly installed gutters may not drain properly allowing water to pool near the foundation. Insufficient sloping of landscaping materials may also contribute to water damage. Proper sloping away from the foundation can make a huge difference. Over time a home may settle and the original landscaping may settle as well it is important to inspect these areas for potential issues.
Depending on the age of the home if it has drain tile it may not be enough to keep heavy amounts of water outside or properly drained. If more than one aspect of a home’s drainage is out of sync you can run into water damage issues during rainy seasons.
Should you hire a smaller company to inspect issues such as these should you hire a large national franchise? Of course that answer is completely u to you. Both can do a complete inspection and both should be properly trained and certified.
In Minneapolis Saint Paul a professional Home Inspection Company is Inspections Plus.
With over 25 years of experience Inspections Plus has the training and certifications necessary to offer a complete inspection report. Contact a company like Inspections Plus for a complete inspection and know that you hired a reliable professional Inspection company.