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The inspection process for beginners!

A couple wondering what is the next step
What is next?

What’s first?

You should be a part of the inspection process after you have chosen your future home. Buying a house is a significant investment, and you can’t return it later if you change your mind.
Okay, you have chosen a new home, agreed upon the price with the seller, and signed some contract. So what now?
Are you going to rely on the realtor to choose your home inspector, or do you put your feet to the process yourself?

Be a part of the home inspection process.


We recommend that you be part of this home process as much as possible, so you will know who is inspecting for you: Do they have your best interest in mind or are they just in the business of making good money off you?
Choosing a home inspector can be a daunting project with all of the home inspections companies in this area, so where do you start?
Of course, you can ask your realtor for suggestions or your friends and relatives who they have used on their home purchases. Online reviews can be an excellent tool.

Now you have your list


Once you have a list of home inspectors to call that you have gleaned from your sources, do more research. See what others have to say about them, and pay close attention to who is writing the review. Is this an authentic home buyer who has used them, or is a realtor pumping up their favorite inspector? You can tell by the way they write the review by saying things like;
“I use them on many occasions,”
” They work well with my buyers,”
” They have a fast turnaround time.”
Looking at all of the good and bad reviews online, seeing how the inspector responds to those reviews will give you an idea of who the inspector is and how they do business.


Now it’s time to make the phone calls!


What do you ask the inspector once you have them on the phone?
Let us start with;
How long have you been in business doing home inspections?
Do you stay current with your inspection continuing education?
What does your home inspection process entail?
How long does the inspection last?
Will I be given a written report, and what kind of report is it? (Naritive style report is best because it provides more information.)
Can I be at the inspection? (This is best.)
Are you active and in good standing in any home inspection association?
The Construction Industry Board governs the home inspectors in Oklahoma, and they oversee the licenses and the Standards of practice that all inspectors are required to follow.
Do you follow the Oklahoma Standards Of Practice?
Lastly, how much will this cost me?
Now that you have done your homework and have chosen an inspector, what now?
If you are working with a realtor, you inform them who you have picked, and they will call to set up the inspection. If you are not working with a realtor, you’ll need to set up the date and time with the seller. Also, inform them of any instructions that the inspector has given: like making sure that the inspector will have access to specific systems, like the electrical panel box, attic access, or crawlspace access.

Setting up for the inspection


You will need to set up any other inspections at this time that you want. For example, checking for termites usually needs a certified termite inspector.
So the big day has arrived!
If possible, you will want to be onsite on the day of the inspection. Ask the inspector if you can follow them around and ask questions, remembering that it takes time to complete the examination.
At the end of the inspection process, the inspector should give a summary of the home’s condition. Some inspectors provide the written report at the end of the assessment, and others will email it to you later.

Understanding the report


The important thing is that you understand what the inspector is saying about the house. Ask questions until you fully understand. You are paying for their knowledge, so get your money’s worth.

Pay attention to what the inspector recommends.

Good luck and if you have any questions give New Horizons Inspections a call at 405-639-7408 and we will do our best to make this home process easy for you.

Prepping Your Home for Sale? Why You Should Hire a Handyman

Prepping Your Home for Sale? Why You Should Hire a Handyman

Selling your Home, here is some good advice.

This article is written by  Emily Huddleston who I find a very good and informed writer.

December 1, 2020 by Emily Huddleston Updated on December 7th, 2020

As you get ready to sell your home, you may discover the need to make a few (or even many) repairs and updates – from touching up paint on walls and replacing hardware to fixing your mailbox or repairing drywall. Sure, there will be home repair projects you can easily complete yourself, but what if you don’t have the time with everything else going on or a repair project is over your head? That’s where hiring a handyman comes in.

two story grey home

Why should I hire a handyman?

Buyers want a house that looks new – no nicks or scuffs on the walls, fresh paint, a fence in good condition, and doors and windows that are free of drafts and leaks. Over time, you may not realize that some of the small damages in your house can add up to an overall impression of neglect. Keeping up with general maintenance and care of your home, such as cleaning the gutters, freshening the paint, and fixing overall wear and tear can help you maintain, if not increase your home value each year. By contrast, not fixing things around the home can reduce your home’s sale value by about 10%.

Here’s where a handyman can help. A handyman is a jack of all trades, capable of many different kinds of home repairs. Some may have plumbing and electrical licenses and certifications, while others are specialists in home carpentry, tile replacement, or laying carpet. Many handyman services offer a wide variety of skills and can complete a multitude of different projects around the house.

A handyman can also find items in the home that you may not realize need repair – anything from faulty or leaking ductwork in your HVAC system to a crack in the foundation.

Also, many homebuyers will conduct their own home inspection before closing on the house, and often, if there are things that need to be fixed, the buyer may ask for concessions or reduce their offer to offset the costs of fixing these things themselves. When you hire a handyman to complete any home improvement project before you sell your home, you can reduce the chances of having concessions or missing out on a potential deal. 

bright bathroom with patterned tile
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Anatomy of a house

What is the anatomy of a house?

The home has many components that make up the whole, and they all act together to give shelter, protection, and a safe place to raise a family.
What components make up a home;
The foundation/footing that the house is based on and securely attached to the ground,
The structure that holds the home together attaches the exterior to the interior,
The roof system sheds the weather elements from the occupants of the home so that they are safe.
The electrical and plumbing system gives convenience to the home occupants. All of these and many more amenities make the house a home.

anatomy of a house
different names of the components of the house.

We hope that you find these blog posts informative and helpful.

Decks

Inspecting a Deck, Keep it safe.

Inspecting a Deck, Illustrated

by Nick Gromicko, Founder, International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) Graphics by InterNACHI’s Lisaira Vega.

More than 2 million decks are built and replaced each year in North America.  InterNACHI estimates that of the 45 million existing decks, only 40% are completely safe.

Deck inpection.
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foundation certifications

Manufactured Home Foundation Certifications

The requirements for government-guaranteed FHA and VA loans on manufactured housing changed to include a permanent foundation. It is required that foundations be certified by a licensed professional engineer to be in compliance with HUD-7584 (Permanent Foundation Guide for Manufactured Housing).

As a result, many private lenders offering conventional loans have added this as a requirement for their loans. We have partnered with the engineers at Foundation Certifications to provide these certificates. The process takes approximately 3-5 days with rush service available. Ordering a Foundation Certification is easy. Please contact us, then simply complete our online order form at http://www.FoundationCerts.com/order and our team will immediately go to work for you.

Be sure to mention  New Horizons Inspections as your reference on page two when ordering your Foundation certificate so that New Horizons Inspections will be the one to receive the work order.