Felix Home Inspection participates in the "We'll buy your home" Guarantee program. I had several friends and Real Estate Professionals ask me how does the program works, what are the ''fine prints"? Some are assuming that there is some kind of clause that will make it impossible for a home owner to qualify for the program. I just give them the "fine print" as they appear on the interNACHI website, which I'm copying and pasting below.
"If your participating inspector misses anything, we'll buy your home back.
And now for the “fine print”:
Before the Home Inspection
* Ask your agent for references.
* Research the inspectors, call them! Learn about their training, certifications and experience. Ask about insurance and any guarantees that the inspector might offer.
* Some lenders require termite inspection. Does the home have additional systems (like pools, spas, or detached buildings) not included in the standard home inspection? Does the home need to be tested for radon? Some inspectors offer ancillary services for an additional fee.
During the Home Inspection
* Attend the inspection! A typical Home Inspection will last between 2-3 hours and it will give you the opportunity to see first hand the condition of your future home. Ask the inspector of any concerns you might have before, or that you observe during the inspection.
* Most inspectors have a routine they follow when conducting inspections in order to cover all areas of the house. Follow the inspector's lead and allow him to conduct the inspection.
After the Home Inspection
* Read your inspection report and call the inspector with any questions you might have concerning the report.
* All home inspections will uncover some kind of issue with the house. Go over the report with your real estate agent for advice on any item that may be contractual obligation of the seller to repair.
* You may need to contact additional qualified contractors for further evaluation of the inspection findings. Always get multiple cost estimates for these services.
Sellers can speed up their home sale by preparing their home for inspection ahead of time by using the following tips. The inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.
1. Confirm utilities are on - water, electricity, gas services and pilot light.
2. Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid an "inoperable light" report that may suggest an electrical problem.
3. Test smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, and replace batteries.
4. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
5. Move stored items, debris and wood away from the foundation. These may be cited as conductive conditions for termites.
6. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, water heaters, attic, and crawlspace.
7. Unlock any locked areas that your home inspector must access. Such as attic door or hatch, electrical service panel, door to basement, and any exterior gates.
8. Trim tree limbs so that they are at least 10 feet from the roof. Trim any shrubs that are too close the house and can hide pest or hold moisture against the exterior. If necessary hire a professional.
9. Repair or replace any broken or missing items, such a door knobs, locks and latches, windowpanes and screens, gutters and downspouts, and chimney caps.
10. Make sure your pets won't hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Better yet, have Felix Home Inspection ensure that your home is Move-in Certified. Your Real Estate Agent will thank you!