What Sets Us Apart (click to expand)

Five good reasons why Wise Counsel Home Inspections is the right choice for you!

There are several good home inspectors in this area. Wise Counsel, however, has taken a number of important steps, to put together a unique package dedicated to providing a thorough and objective evaluation of houses about to become homes.
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A special emphasis on Customer Service.

We understand that buying or selling a home is something most folks only do a few times in a lifetime. It is personal and exciting…but also daunting. We realize that people in this position rely heavily on others, with more experience, for guidance and feedback about this important decision. We take that responsibility very seriously and place a special emphasis on making sure the informaion we provide is accurate, objective and timely, to allow you the best decision making opportunity possible.

A Pre-Inspection Agreement gives you full disclosure of what to expect.

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Before you spend one minute or one dime with a Wise Counsel inspector, this document provides you with a full understanding of what to expect in terms of cost, dates, standards, rating definitions and the purpose and scope of the inspection.
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A thorough home inspection is only as good as its documentation.

While most inspectors will give you a 10 to 15 page summary of their findings, Wise Counsel will provide you with a 32 page, user friendly, Home Inspection Report. Not only does this bound report serve as a guide for the inspector – it also provides you with a room by room, roof to sump pump analysis of the property under consideration.

An open invitation for communication between all parties regarding the inspection.

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The world of residential real estate generally involves a buyer, a seller and one or more realtors. To keep the lines of communication open, and the process flowing, you have the option to have the findings of your Wise Counsel inspection made available to the other interested parties for their review. With your approval, a special card is left behind for the property owner with your Wise Counsel Inspector’s name and phone number. It encourages the owner to call with any questions regarding the inspection.
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Your Wise Counsel Home Inspector

Utilizes training and support materials from a nationally recognized, state licensed home inspector training school and is an associate member of ASHI – Certification from Kaplan Professional Schools signifies the completion of one of the most thorough training programs available in the profession. And as an associate member of ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, your inspector adheres to the most rigorous technical requirements in effect today

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Frequently Asked Questions (click to expand)

It is a thorough, in-depth visual examination of the structure and operating components of a home by an unbiased professional. Its primary objective is to uncover major defects or system inadequacies so informed decisions can be made by all parties involved.

It should not be confused with an appraisal, a municipal code inspection or a guarantee of any kind.

A Home Buyer generally benefits from an objective view of a prospective home’s condition by avoiding unwanted surprises in the form of necessary repairs, safety hazards and the long term implications of overall building integrity.

A Home Seller can also benefit from inspection information which allows them to comply with disclosure laws, correct unrealized problems before showing and prevent potential liability.

A Home Owner that didn’t get an inspection at the time of purchase can gain insight into their homes condition and acquire the information needed to maintain and preserve the home.

Once you have made an offer to purchase and it has been accepted by the seller, it is generally a good idea to write an “inspection clause” into any offer. As a courtesy to the seller, the sooner you can schedule your inspection the better.

Two to three hours depending on the size of the house and weather conditions.

By all means – the inspector can take you step-by-step through the home inspection. The key difference between the trained and untrained eye is not so much the power of observation but rather the power of interpretation. Is that freshly painted basement floor a good thing or an attempt to cover up an expensive seepage problem?

A walk through with your inspector can also familiarize you with the location of key elements such as meters, gas & water shut-off valves and electrical boxes. Questions are always welcome and the dialogue will give you insight into items outlined in the Property Inspection Report which is reviewed at the end of the inspection.

Most home inspections run between $285 – $300 due at the time of inspection. The exact amount will be disclosed in the Pre-Inspection Agreement.

Most definitely! The fact that a home is new means systems are factory tested but not “family tested”. Builders are generally happy to come back and repair such items when made aware. As well, any finishing touches that aren’t just right should be resolved before you start moving in – and questions arise about the source of an imperfection.

Yes – when you consider 3/4 of a homes components such as electrical, plumbing or insulation are concealed, a visual inspection of these elements is not possible. Furniture or weather conditions may further restrict the inspectors ability to view all that should be viewed. A pledge of thoroughness with all accessible parts of the property is the most any inspector can do. Any limitations will be noted in the Property Inspection Report.

No. No house is perfect, and each buyer is unique in their ability to deal with problematic areas. Can you fix it yourself? – Can you afford to have it fixed? – Is everything else about the home so right that you’re willing to live with this problem? These are the type of questions you must answer.
Our wise counsel is to give you as much information as possible to make a good investment decision and have peace of mind regarding your final selection. Home buying is a very emotional experience. Our job is to help you deal objectively with the non-emotional realities of a particular parcel of real estate – and weigh out the facts.

What's Included? (click to expand)

Exterior Components

Landscaping
Its effects on the foundation

Siding, Trim, Exterior Windows & Storms
General condition of each

Roof, Chimney, Flashing & Valleys
Evidence of water penetration, general materials condition

Gutters & Downspouts
General condition, effects of dampness in
basement and its ability to carry off rainwater

Driveways, Patios, Decks & Porches
General condition of each

Air Conditioner Compressor
Ability to perform properly

Interior Components

Walls, Floors, Ceilings & Windows
General condition of each

Plumbing System
All visible fixtures, pipes and drains tested for operation

Electrical System
Outside entrance wiring, service panel and visible wiring inspected. All switches and random testing of outlets

Heating System
Visible portion of heating plant and components inspected for proper operation

Attic
Visible roof sheathing, ventilation, insulation and framing inspected for general condition

Basement or Crawl Space
Foundation soundness and evidence of moisture penetration in walls and floor

Our Goal in Serving You

The owl was selected as the mascot for Wise Counsel Home Inspections® not only as an icon for wisdom but also for its in depth vision, acute ability to listen and its swift, effective action.

It embodies the objectives we have set for ourselves in serving you, our customer.