It’s our goal as certified home inspectors to ensure that your purchase is a worthwhile investment.
This way, you can rest assured that your house will soon turn into a place you call home. To do so, we will take you through a step-by-step home inspection process that informs you about the home and its inner workings prior to your purchase.
A residential inspection provides an assessment of the current condition of a home. Home inspections identify the need for major repairs and/or builder oversights, as well as necessary maintenance requirements, prior to the purchase of a home—i.e. before they become expensive construction projects. The resulting report provides the groundwork to determine (or negotiate) a property’s worth prior to purchase. After all, this is where your loved ones will be living, and as family-oriented people, we take this very seriously.
Our certified home inspectors are well-versed in inspection, construction, proper installation, maintenance and safety. We provide inspection services in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice. All services include an on-site verbal walk-through along with digital reporting that is delivered within 24 hours of inspection.
Reports include the following sections…
1.Foundation, Structure, and Under-floor Crawl Space
**Foundation, Structure, Under-Floor Crawl Space, Exterior/Common Components, and Roofing are excluded in Condo and Townhome inspections **
Purchasing a home is a big investment. It is important to find the right person for the job to offer their expert opinion. Currently, there are no state regulations governing home inspection in Hawaii. Also, not all home inspectors have the same background, training, or certifications. When looking for a home inspector, it is important to do your research and make your choice based on the following criteria:
1. Cost of inspection.
When it comes to home inspectors, you get what you pay for. Not all home inspectors are the same. When hiring a home inspector, make sure you hire someone that has an abundance of knowledge and experience. Don’t hire one based solely on price.
2. Did they pass the National Home Inspection exam.
The NHIE is the original exam for the home inspection profession. It is the only independent, psychometrically valid home inspector exam in the United States. Home inspectors who pass the NHIE are career-ready, with proven competence.
3. Check credentials.
Find out about the inspector’s qualifications, certification, and association that they belong to. Not all certifications and associations are the same. Some require passing a proctored exam and experience while some just require an online exam. Research the associations and find out the qualifications that are needed. Ask the inspector what certifications they hold and do research on those certifications as well. Some associations have various categories such as Associate, Inspector, and Certified Inspector.
An inspector should be able and willing to provide with you with at least 3 references from previous clients. Reach out to their references and ask them about their experience with the home inspector and inspection process.
5. Check the DCCA.
Make sure that the business is in good standing with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).
6. Ask if they are insured.
All inspectors should be insured for “errors and omissions.” This means that if the inspector misses something during the inspection, you can file a claim against that insurance for the repairs of the problem.
6. Ask for a sample inspection report.
Inspection reports can be hard to understand or can be vague. Make sure the inspector is specifying the problem and making recommendations for the repair. The report should be easy for you and any tradesman to understand.