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HOME INSPECTIONS

Many factors go into quoting a price for a home inspection. Age, square footage, number of bathrooms, bedrooms, garage? in- law apartment?, etc. all factor in. We need this information to give you a firm quote. We do not give you a low advertised base price then tack on for additional baths, rooms, crawlspaces, travel, etc.

Do we cost more? In many cases yes. However our clients get exceptional value for their hard earned money. We typically spend 2-4 hours on site with you (it's highly encouraged you be present if at all possible), then another 3 hours or more formulating the most detailed and resourceful inspection report in our service area. So is $25-$100 more worth it for a Covered Bridge Professional Inspection? We certainly think so. Don't gamble with low cost inspections, (uninsured Inspectors in VT) too much is on the line. We are not low cost, high volume. We are high quality with moderate pricing. Please see our “Sample Reports” tab.

Our goal is to give you advice, information and tips about the home that will pay for the inspection in the first few months. You will get an excellent return on investment.

We do not charge extra for travel, either we service the area or we do not.

Please call for Bed & Breakfast, Multi-Unit and Commercial inspection quotes. We are certified in commercial inspections.

Buyer's Inspection

A buyer's inspection is initiated by the home-buyer usually as a contingency to the final close of a real estate sale. These types of inspections are designed to assure that there are no hidden surprises for the purchaser.

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It is estimated that up to 80% of all home sales are contingent on the Buyer's Inspection! You'll be hard-pressed to find any real estate-related expert who doesn't adamantly suggest that you require an inspection prior to purchasing a home.

Seller's Inspection (Pre-Listing Inspection)

A seller's inspection is initiated by the property owner usually prior to listing the property. It helps the seller to determine what systems and structures of the property need repair. More importantly, it helps the seller and the seller's agent to accurately represent the home by disclosing damage to prospective buyers (which further helps to curb lawsuits). Damage discovered as a result of a seller's inspection can either be repaired by the seller (to maintain market value) or used as a negoting tool by both seller and buyer.

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Being used more and more, a Seller's Inspection is helping to speed-up the sales process. When sellers can show what damage an inspector found, and how that damage was fixed, the buyer's confidence may increases enough to move the transaction forward. But, the buyer should alway hire an their own inspector to perform another inspection to get a second-opinion.

New-Construction Inspection

A new-construction inspection is much like a warranty inspection except for the fact that the building and its systems are, in fact, new. Whereas a warranty inspection can apply to re-sale homes that offer a warranty, new-construction inspections are specifically designed for homes that have never been lived-in. Though new homes do not have the wear-and-tear on them that re-sale home may, various contractors associated with the construction may have made mistakes whether by accident or intentionally (such as taking "shortcuts" to finish the job faster or under-budget). A new-construction inspection provides you with an unbiased review by the inspector who acts as an objective and knowledgeable observer on your behalf to identify construction-related, code-related, and installation-related issues with home systems and structures.

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Many of the components from a home's system's and structure may be newly assembled, but they may also have been sitting in a lumber yard or warehouse for months. Also, even the best contractors make mistakes that could compromise the integrity of the job they do. It just makes sense to be sure!

Home Maintenance Inspection

Also called a "Home Health Check-up", maintenance inspections are performed usually once per year simply to ensure the integrity of a home's systems and structure. Because all things have a "planned obsolescence" period, maintenance inspections help to make the homeowner aware of immediate and upcoming needs for replacement and repair that could save thousands-of-dollars if discovered early-on.

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Just as doctors recommend that people get check-ups every few years, your home also require periodic check-ups. Things wear out ~ you can't avoid it. Struc- tures will fail, and systems will break. It's a fact of life. The "trick" to saving tons of money is to catch the problems before they occur!

Pre- and Post-Renovation Inspection

Renovation inspection services are new in the inspection porfolio. The justification for using a home inspector before major renovations are to be performed on a home, or after renovations have been completed, is the same as why you choose a home inspector to provide you with an objective review of a home's systems and structure prior to the sale or purchase of a property. Damage or improper installation of home-systems found prior to a renovation may help to increase the success of the renovation. Damage or improper installation found after the renovation will help you to address renovation contractors with facts to initiate necessary repairs before the expiration of any warranties (related solely to the renovation), or before your contractors evacuate the premises with your money and leave you with sub-par installations.

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Think of Renovation Inspections as being a check-up by the "family doctor" prior to the "surgeon" going-in to rebuild your home. Keep in mind that your inspector is there to help you validate whether or not specific items (according to their S.O.P.) are done to code for your protection.

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