Residential Home Inspections

C.R.I., Inc. performs comprehensive home inspections throughout the state of Utah and is committed to providing a final written inspection report with 24 hours.

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The Value of Residential Home Inspections

One of the greatest investments most people make in their lifetime is in their home.  Before making such an important purchase decision, a home inspection can provide you with the information you need to ensure the home is in the condition you expect.  Once you own a home, consistent maintenance and upkeep will help you to preserve this great investment.   From time to time, different maintenance issues may arise that require the guidance of a professional to help determine the best course of action to protect your home.

 

What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home.  It is conducted by a home inspector who has been trained to perform home inspections and to provide an honest and objective assessment of your home.  Home inspections are a visual assessment of both the structure of the home as well as the systems within your home.  A home inspection is meant to determine the current condition of the home, not to determine value (a value determination is performed by an appraiser).  A home inspector will be looking for general maintenance issues as well as items that need extensive repairs, improper building practices, and fire and safety issues.  While a home inspection is a very thorough process, it is not guaranteed that every single defect within your home will be discovered.

 

What is Included in a Home Inspection?

There are a variety of items that are assessed during a home inspection.  The following is an outline of some of the main components that are examined during an inspection.

  • Roofing / Chimneys / Roof Structure and Attic (including roof coverings, ventilation, structure, attic insulation, etc.)
  • Exterior (exterior doors, windows, decks, porches, exterior plumbing and electrical outlets, etc.)
  • Garage (ceiling, walls, floor, doors, garage door operators, etc.)
  • Kitchen Components and Appliances (including counters and cabinets, plumbing, electrical, etc.)
  • Rooms (including ceilings, walls, floors, steps, stairways, doors, windows, electrical outlets and fixtures, etc.)
  • Bathroom and Components (counters and cabinets, doors, windows, plumbing, electrical, etc.)
  • Structural Components (foundation / basement / crawlspace; walls, floors, ceilings, insulation under floor system, etc.)
  • Plumbing System
  • Electrical System
  • Heating / Central Air Conditioning (including furnace, fireplaces, solid fuel burning appliances, etc.)

When Should I Have a Home Inspection Done?

There are several instances when it is appropriate and helpful to have a home inspection.  If you are preparing to purchase a home, it is a good idea to have a home inspection completed in order to get a comprehensive analysis of the home’s structure, systems, and components.  If deficiencies are discovered in the inspection, you can work with the home owner to negotiate repairs of these issues (or renegotiate the sales price) before the purchase is finalized.

A home inspection can also be beneficial when you are preparing to sell your current home.  Nearly 77 percent of home buyers hire an inspector (according to a study conducted by the National Association of Realtors and the American Society of Home Inspectors).  Based on this statistic, odds are when you sell your home the buyer will be requesting an inspection.  Having an inspection done before you place your home on the market can reveal hidden flaws and potentially pricey repairs.  Knowing about these issues beforehand gives you the opportunity to correct problem areas and ensure your home is in the best condition possible for selling.  It will also allow you to do maintenance and repairs while you have time to compare prices and treatment options.  If you wait until a prospective buyer orders an inspection and flaws are discovered, you will most likely only have a few days to decide whether to make repairs or adjust the sales price accordingly.

As a current home owner, periodic home inspections can be helpful to make you aware of deficiencies and to correct these issues before they become a bigger, more costly and time-consuming repair issue.  A home inspector can pinpoint problems and recommend the right repairs, saving you from misdiagnosing a problem and wasting money on the wrong or unnecessary repairs.

 

What to Expect When the Home Inspection is Complete

A thorough, written report of all findings will be provided for you once the inspection is complete.  At C.R.I., Inc. we are committed to providing you with your written report within 24 hours of the completion of the inspection.

To see a sample home inspection report created with the software we utilize, please visit:

http://www.homegauge.com/report/1932561/FullReportForUploadorPrintWithPictures.pdf

The inspection report will outline each of the areas in your home that were inspected and will provide details of any deficiencies that were discovered along with recommendations for repair.

 

Home Inspection Cost

The cost of a home inspection varies depending on the size of your home and any ancillary features that need to be inspected along with the home (i.e. pool, outbuildings, etc.).  Our rates for home inspections are as follows:

  • 1,000 to 2,000 s/f = $300
  • 2,001 to 3,000 s/f = $350
  • 3,001 to 4,000 s/f = $400
  • 4,001 to 5,000 s/f = $450
  • Over 5,000 s/f = $450 plus $0.25 per s/f
  • Accessory Building = Add $75 to $125
  • Pool = $75
  • Structures over 50 years old = add $50

Licensing

At C.R.I., Inc., we hold a variety of licenses in the home inspection field and are committed to participating in continuing education to stay informed of issues and emerging trends that affect our clients.  Our home inspection licenses include the following:

  • Utah Combination Building Inspector 6016374-5601
  • CC Residential Building Inspector 8021328-B1
  • ICC Residential Electrical Inspector 8021328-E1
  • ICC Residential Plumbing Inspector 8021328-P1
  • ICC Residential Mechanical Inspector 8021328-M1 (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning)

At C.R.I., our primary goal is to provide you with a high-quality, comprehensive home inspection.

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