Whole House Home Inspections https://wholehousehomeinspections.com Home Inspections | Loganville, GA Thu, 22 Apr 2021 19:09:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/cropped-whhi-favicon-32x32.png Whole House Home Inspections https://wholehousehomeinspections.com 32 32 Selling Your Home? Make Sure You Are Protected! https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/selling-your-home-make-sure-you-are-protected Tue, 06 Apr 2021 20:08:03 +0000 https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/?p=1040
With winter over, we may now start carrying out our warm weather goals. For many, this means the selling or buying of a property. Traditionally people don’t love searching for a new home during colder seasons, and for good reason! With the warm weather on the rise, it’s time to have your home inspected so you can put it on the market ASAP and have it ready to be viewed by potential buyers!
  1. Foundation – Several issues can occur during the winter like cracks, discolorations, and water damage, so make sure each concern is mitigated by hiring an expert inspector and is scheduled to be treated by a professional.

    2. Air Quality – Sometimes we can become careless with our air conditioners, seldom if ever replacing the filters or cleaning our units. This makes our air conditioners and heaters work overtime, frequently while dirty, compromising the internal air quality of our home.
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3. Radon – Specifically, with the prolonged-time indoors this past year, radon is a bigger matter than ever. Huddled up all winter in a basement with a high radon level is not a brilliant plan, so make sure you have an accurate report when it comes to radon in your home.

4. The Roof. After a brutal winter, even a new roof can suffer some significant damage, make certain nothing is compromising the structural integrity of your roof ASAP. With a potential leak and the spring rain on the horizon, you can have a costly project on your hands before you ever even get your home on the market!

Many factors come into play when buying or selling a home. One thing is for sure, there is no sense going through with that process if you do not plan to have the property inspected. Exposing all the little details and secrets a property has before it is purchased is our specialty. We hope you found this blog useful and never hesitate to call us if you need a thorough home inspection!
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Why You Shouldn’t Waive an Inspection Even in a Hot Market https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/why-you-shouldnt-waive-an-inspection-even-in-a-hot-market Tue, 02 Mar 2021 15:37:39 +0000 https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/?p=1033 Waiving a home inspection is never a good idea, even when the market seems to be closing in on you. Sometimes it can feel like the only way to beat everyone else to the punch and close on your dream home is to waive the inspection. The expedited process of buying a house this way can give you some quick fixes, but now all the hidden issues you didn’t see initially are your responsibility. This can make your dream home become a nightmare.

Cost

Sure, saving a few hundred dollars can seem attractive, but is it worth it? Issues with the house can cost thousands to repair, finding these issues ASAP is essential. If you are going to buy a home, the few hundred extra dollars spent on a quality inspection is worth it.

Why You Shouldn't Waive an Inspection Even in a Hot Market 2Peace of mind

Going to sleep at night without your home inspected is not a brilliant plan. The peace of mind alone is worth hundreds of dollars to just know what you are getting yourself into. Home Inspection is a very serious industry where most if not all issues are located. Some inspectors even fix small things for free.

Seller Pays For Repairs

If you can have a home inspection done and they find serious issues, the seller will have to pay those costs if they want to make the sale. This begs the question, why would someone sell the house saying you don’t need to have it inspected?

Do not risk buying a new property without a full inspection report. It is never a good idea and can lead to disastrous consequences. If you are looking to buy or sell a home and need a property inspected, please contact us at Whole House Home Inspections. Regardless of the size, big or small, we handle it all. Most important, don’t delay, the market is ever-changing. 

 

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Building a House? A Simple Guide to the Home Building Process https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/building-a-house-a-simple-guide-to-the-home-building-process Thu, 04 Feb 2021 14:37:12 +0000 https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/?p=950

If you’ve been searching the real estate market for the perfect home and just haven’t found the one for you, building a house can be the best possible way to guarantee the house of your dreams. Building a house offers the ultimate flexibility, giving you the freedom to take your vision and bring it to life.

However, managing the construction process isn’t always easy. Building a house from the ground up takes a lot of coordination, financial resources, and professional assistance. Here is what you need to know about the home building process.

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Plan Your Home

Before moving forward with buying land and starting construction, you need to know what kind of home you want to build. A small plot of land may not accommodate your mansion dreams, while lots in subdivisions may have restrictions related to size and style. When planning your home, consider points like:
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Home layout, like a one-story home versus one with multiple floors
  • Appearance preferences, like siding material and color
  • Storage needs, including basement and attic spaces
  • Open concept versus segmented rooms
  • Outdoor space and landscaping
  • Potential extras, like solar panels, sunlights, fireplaces, or anything else that may affect the construction process
Did you know that homes with hardwood floors consistently sell for over list price? Consider the most popular and valuable home trends across the country before building a house.  Be aware that compromise may be part of the process. It’s not unusual for plans to change as building gets underway for cost or logistical reasons.

Purchase a Lot to Build a House on

Once you have financing secured and know what kind of final product you want, you’ll need to choose a place to build your home. Since you’re building a house you can buy land anywhere, maybe you have your sights somewhere outside of Atlanta, GA or Dallas, TX? The options are endless. Parcels of land designated for new construction may be available in numerous locations, including underdeveloped suburban areas, rural areas, and as a part of subdivision development.

In some cases, where you buy can determine things like sewer, water, and electricity. In subdivisions, these details are usually completed when land parcels are listed for sale, but in less developed areas, this may be the responsibility of the property owner. Note that more rural land not protected by the subdivision development process or city law may require title insurance.
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Handle Permits and Adhere to Regulations

Home construction is a highly regulated process. It’s not possible to just purchase property and start building. All construction projects need to adhere to local zoning laws and proceed under the proper permits. Working with the right professionals can alleviate much of this burden. Contractors and construction companies will know what kind of permits are necessary to start the building process and ensure construction follows all regulations. The lead on your project can work with you to file papers and ensure you’re prepared to move forward in a safe, legal manner.

Hire Professionals

You may be handy with a hammer, but home construction really requires a professional team to guarantee a great final outcome. In order to bring your dreams to life, you will need to hire professionals for this process. This may include:

    • Land grading company: They have extensive knowledge on issues such as how to properly work with various types of soil and plants, and can advise you on the best methods for removing obstacles, and what kinds of structures can be placed in certain areas.
    • Architect: They see the big picture. Creating the complete look of your home, interiors and exteriors, that satisfy functional needs and are exciting spaces to live in.
    • Custom home builders: A custom home builder will guide you through each phase of the home building process. They will work with you to coordinate costs and design your ideal home, inside and out. This will likely involve working with an architect, interior designer, and landscape specialists.
    • Construction company: A construction company will handle everything from building the foundation to the final framing of the home. 
    • Electricians: They’ll make sure any fixed appliance that requires electricity, as well as any electrical outlets, will have the necessary electrical wiring installed. The electrician will run cables and wires to all switches, outlets, appliances and lighting fixtures throughout your home.
    • Plumbers: A plumber will install all plumbing fixtures, septic tanks and sewer lines in the home. 
    • HVAC professionals: They will install all climate control systems in the home. 
    • Interior Designers: Hiring an interior designer early in the home building process can be helpful for everything from furniture placement to planning for special finishes to determining locations of electrical outlets and plumbing fittings. 
The specifics of hiring will vary from one property to another. For example, land sold as part of a subdivision development may not require grading, but rural land purchased outside city limits might.

Hiring the Right Team

Land excavators, contractors, architects, and construction companies come in all shapes and sizes, and some are better than others. Instead of hiring the first names you come across online or in the phone book, be sure to do your due diligence on both reputation and abilities.

In some cases, like some government lending programs, including the USDA, approval of a particular builder or contractor is required to secure financing. Under these circumstances, it’s extremely important to pick competent, qualified professionals that can exceed expectations. When evaluating professionals to work on your home, be sure to keep the following points in mind:
  • Work experience; a competent team should have several years minimum of experience in single-family home construction, including homes in the size and style you have in mind.
  • Adequate commercial liability insurance of $50,000 or more
  • Proper contractor or construction licensing and any other permits required to operate legally
  • Reference checks that include verification of quality service from previous clients

Many professionals provide free or affordable quotes and estimates as well. Seek pricing options from all your top candidates to best guide the decision-making process. Be aware that estimates can move and change as building progresses, so choosing a team at the very top of your budget could lead to potential problems should issues arise.

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Oversee Building

Once you have secured financing, purchased land, arranged for all necessary permits according to local law, and hired the best possible professionals to help, the building process can get underway. This process can be quite fast using modern technology, but will still require numerous steps to complete.
  • Land Preparation: Before breaking ground, construction teams will need to make sure the land is ideal for construction. This can mean clearing and grading the area, digging trenches, and confirming utility installation.
  • Foundation and Footings: Once the land is ready, construction crews will build a foundation. Foundations may be slab, crawl space, or full basement, depending on region and land type, and will involve poured concrete with reinforced steel rods for security and stability.
  • Framing: When the foundation is firmly in place, construction workers will build the frame, or the skeleton of the house. This can include subfloors, joists, trusses, and studs. If construction occurs during a high precipitation time of year, windows and roofing may also be installed during framing to prevent weather damage.
  • Utility Installation: After completion of the core of a home, contractors can install electricity, water, plumbing, and HVAC systems. All of these installations should be approved by an inspector after completion.
  • Insulation and Drywall: Insulation will be added to all exterior walls, floors, and ceilings and covered with drywall. Options include fiberglass, foam, and cellulose insulation. Drywall will also be hung on interior walls and primed with paint.
  • Interior and Exterior Finishes: Once the basics are more or less complete, crews will install interior finishes, like molding, baseboards, doors, counters, cupboards, and other essentials. Contractors may also tackle things like driveways, walkways, and other landscaping requirements at this time.
  • Flooring and Fixtures: The last interior step generally involves installing flooring and all other fixtures, like faucets, light switches, tubs, toilets, and heat register covers.
  • Final Inspection: Once all features of a home have been built out, a final inspection is advised. Home inspections are a good idea for a new property as well as existing property, ensuring all elements of a home are in good working order and up to code. If builders made any mistakes in the process, an inspection can bring this to light so that repairs can be made before final project completion.

Building a house can be a stressful process, but there’s no better way to ensure your new house meets your every expectation. With a thorough understanding of the home building process, you can approach the construction of your dream home with care and confidence.

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Cheers to the New Year! https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/cheers-to-the-new-year Wed, 20 Jan 2021 20:18:00 +0000 https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/?p=849

With the new year here, we have so many reasons to feel grateful. Even with all the challenges of last year. 

At the very top of the list is you! Whether you have been a client or a friend of our business, we thank you!

We would like to showcase some very special clients that have taken the time to share with us their experiences with our company. We are so thankful to have worked with such amazing individuals and it means so much that you took the time to share your thoughts!

“My experience with WHHI was great. Very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. I would recommend it to everyone.”
-Kenya Dailey
“Whole House Home Inspections are professional, courteous and extremely thorough. The time and energy spent inspecting the home is visible when the buyer reviews the detailed report.”
-Audra Pointer
“Great Service! Got results back fast! The inspector was extremely respectful and professional.”
-Ray Baucham

Thank you ALL for making 2020 a special year for our company and we look forward to continued relationships and meeting wonderful new clients in 2021!

Sincerely,
The Team at Whole House Home Inspections

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Inspect Before You Invest! 🏠 https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/inspect-before-you-invest-%f0%9f%8f%a0 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 14:08:40 +0000 https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/?p=797 ]]> Getting An Inspection Years After You Bought Your Home: What To Know https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/getting-an-inspection-years-after-you-bought-your-home-what-to-know Thu, 03 Dec 2020 09:00:43 +0000 https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/?p=805

Home inspections are extremely important when it comes to buying or selling your home. It helps determine the overall condition of the house. If anything needs to be fixed as soon as possible if the new homeowners can work on it, and more. They’re pretty much a once and done thing, right? This is one of the biggest misconceptions about owning a home that people tend to overlook. Here’s why you should get your home inspected regularly even if you have no plans to sell it.

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Why are inspections so important?

Usually, with the exception of moving, the only time a homeowner utilizes a home inspection is when something is wrong. There’s a leak in the roof, there’s evidence of termites or rodents in the wall, there’s mold building up from plumbing issues, etc. By that point, the issue is severe enough to cost quite a bit of money to not only repair, but it could temporarily displace your family as it’s getting fixed.

How often should you get your home inspected?

An inspection is one of the first lines of defense for your home, especially for areas you can’t access easily such as crawl spaces or the roof. For the best results, it’s recommended to get your home inspected annually. If you have an older home, this inspection is essential. Newer homes might be able to skip a year or two, even newer homes can have issues. The best thing is that you might still be under warranty if something acts up with a new home.

What do inspectors look for?

When you have your home inspected there are several areas our team at Whole House Inspections will look for. They include:

  • Heating and cooling
  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Insulation
  • Basement
  • Attics
  • Crawl Spaces
  • And much more

Can’t remember when your home was last inspected? Contact us today!

John Watson
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How To Prepare For An Inspection https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/how-to-prepare-for-an-inspection Tue, 03 Nov 2020 09:00:17 +0000 https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/?p=792

So, you have finally sold your home, scheduled your home inspection, but you don’t know where to start or how to prepare. That’s where we can help you! We know that you have a lot of questions from unplugging the utilities to whether you should clean up the house, so to help with your upcoming appointment, we have made a list for you to follow for the next few days. This can also help if you just recently purchased your house and you are in the process of getting a home inspection as well!

  • Clean Up the House: While the inspector isn’t looking for the perfect model home, they’re still a guest. You want it to look presentable, but you don’t have to hide your life away. Leave the dog bed where you normally keep it as well as the kid’s toy bin. The inspector will be able to see how much you care about your home as well as being able to see the most lived in areas of the house.
  • Stay On Schedule: Make sure everything is ready before the inspector gets there, including yourselves. It’s very common for an inspector to start with the outside of the house so pay attention to the time if there’s a stranger walking around your property.
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  • Leave the Utilities Connected: If you have the opportunity to move before selling your current home, don’t turn off the utilities immediately. The inspector will need to check things like the stove, furnace, dishwasher, etc. If they’re unable to be checked, the home inspection will be rescheduled to a later date which could affect the timeline for selling the house. This included keeping the pilot light ignited on the furnace.
  • Leave Space: It’s not uncommon to safely utilize the space around the furnace and water heater or even in front of the doors. For the inspection, you’ll need to clear out at least four feet of space around the units so everything can be accessed easily.
  • Provide Access: Areas like the attic, basement, and even the garage might be blocked off from the main house. Whether you regularly use the space or not, the inspector will still need to check it out to verify there’s nothing wrong with the area.
  • Provide Documentation: If you’ve recently had work done to the house, new appliances installed, etc., the inspector might ask to see the documentation. They will still need to be inspected as a precaution, but having that documentation will help with the sale of the house.
  • Be Prepared to Leave If Needed: A full home inspection can easily take three hours. Sometimes buyers, especially if they request the inspection, will accompany the inspectors to see what’s going on with the house. You can leave the premises and let them do their inspection.
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Inspections You Can Trust! 📋 https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/inspections-you-can-trust Fri, 02 Oct 2020 09:00:32 +0000 https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/?p=762 ]]> Why Is Home Maintenance Important? https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/why-is-home-maintenance-important Fri, 02 Oct 2020 09:00:28 +0000 https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/?p=752

Becoming a homeowner is a huge, but fun responsibility. Also, it’s vastly different from just renting your home or apartment. What was once the responsibility of your landlord is now your sole responsibility. This means general home maintenance and upgrades are now added to your list of things to do. It’s very important to maintain your home, not only for the family, but if you’re planning on selling it down the line, you’ll be able to make more money off of it. Here’s why regular home maintenance is important. 

● Saves You Money: Regular maintenance will help you save money on costly repairs. If you’re not prepared, you could end up with sudden expenses like an appliance going bad or water damage that could have been prevented. Without proper maintenance and upkeep, things can easily fall to the wayside. In fact, there’s a statistic that every $1 in maintenance now saves your $100 in repairs later.

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● Increases The Value: Are you planning on selling your home soon? Regular home maintenance helps increase its value because you’ll be able to sell it for a higher price. Instead of breaking even, you’ll make a profit.

● Runs More Efficiently: When something is acting up or flat out broken, it affects the flow of the household. If the HVAC system is acting up it’s going to be running more than it should because it’s trying to overcompensate for whatever is malfunctioning.

Get the Most Out of Warranties: Warranties and home insurance are extremely helpful with issues that are out of your control, such as an appliance breaking down after a year or weather damages the roof. Unfortunately, if the home is not maintained, there’s a chance the warranty or insurance will void and you’re forced to pay out of pocket.

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Quality Home Inspections! 🏡 https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/quality-home-inspections Thu, 03 Sep 2020 09:00:06 +0000 https://wholehousehomeinspections.com/?p=726 ]]>