on a house's weaknesses and potential costs. A professional home inspection from Devine Home Inspections, LLC also takes note of the strengths and values.
Every home has both strengths and weaknesses. Focusing just on the weaknesses does not give the buyer a complete picture of the condition of the property under consideration. Focusing on the weaknesses tends to scare potential buyers. We're not here to scare you, but to enlighten you with a fair and unbiased evaluation of your new home’s condition, free from the emotional attachment that might cloud observations. This approach lends itself to smoother and more confident transactions.
As a professional Mississippi-licensed Home Inspector, I must adhere to the State of Mississippi's Standards of Practice [ASHI Standards, see link in next section]. This means I will attempt to inspect all of the following (when accessible):
Roof, vents, flashings, and trim
Gutters and downspouts
Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations
Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings
Eaves, soffit and fascia
Grading and drainage
Basement, foundation and crawlspace
Water penetration and foundation movement
Main water shut off valves
Water heating system
Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
Electrical service line and meter box
Main disconnect and service amperage
Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
Grounding and bonding
GFCIs and AFCIs
Fireplace damper door and hearth
Insulation and ventilation
Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers
and much more...
of a residential dwelling, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify observed material defects within specific components of said dwelling as outlined in Mississippi's Standards of Practice (SOP), found at
http://www.mrec.ms.gov/docs/mhib_License_Law_Standards_of_Practice_and_code_of_ethics_2014.pdf You are encouraged to read these SOP for important information, exclusions, and limitations.
A home inspection and its report are important and valuable instruments intended to assist in the evaluation of the overall condition of the dwelling. The inspection is based on observation of the visible and apparent condition of the structure and its components on the date of the inspection and is not a prediction of future conditions. No destructive testing or dismantling of components is performed.
A Home Inspection will NOT reveal every concern that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the day of the inspection. A material defect is a condition of a residential real property, or any portion of it, that would have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the real property, or that involves an unreasonable risk to people on the property.
As valuable as a home inspection and its report are, they are NOT a warranty, guarantee, or insurance policy.
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