D & K Home Inspections: Your Southwest Washington Home Detective

Your Local Home Detective    

David Dreier
Licensed and Insured
Vancouver, WA License #727
360-513-2896
FAX 360-896-4102


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Congratulations!

Congratulations on the purchase of your new home! D&K Home Inspections under stands that this is a major investment for you and your family. Whether you intend to stay in it forever or plan to move someday, chances are good you will spend the next several years in your new home. Why not take the time to get a quality home inspection for your new purchase, to ensure you won't come across any unexpected surprises down the road?

Hiring an independent home inspector to assist you with the evaluation of your property is a smart move. However, selecting the right home inspector to assist you with the evaluation of your property is not an easy task. While price may be a concern, so should the inspector's qualifications, including their experience in the industry, thoroughness and training.

Issues that really matter will fall into four categories:

  1. Major defects, such as structural damage.
  2. Things that could lead to a major defect.
  3. Safety hazards.
  4. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home.

When you go to select a home inspector, start by asking the right questions. Any issues that fall within these categories should be addressed.

  1. What is your experience in the building and home inspection industry?
  2. Do you have any special qualifications or training?
  3. How long does it take for you to do an inspection, and when will I see my report?
  4. If you like to see a sample report click http://www.homegauge.com/report/1386846/
  5. Do you have any customer references?

If you are in the market for a home inspection, check out my services and what I inspect ,also what you can expect from me. If you would like to know more, please contact me for a personal consultation, or to schedule an inspection today.

 

Getting ready for your home inspection

There are a few things that you can do, that will help prepare your home

for a home inspection.

1. Make sure that all the utilities are turned on at the time of the inspection.

2. Make sure that the access to the electrical panel is clear and easy to get too.

3. Make sure that the access to the attic is clear, and all the items in your closet have been move

out of the way. There are several different types of ladders that home inspectors use, and some are not as small as others.

4. Make sure that the access to the crawlspace is clear and that all the items in the closet have been moved out of the way The easer you make it for the home inspector to access your home, the more accurate the report will be.                            

Areas Served

Clark / Skamania / Cowlitz / Pacific / Wahkiakum Counties

Vancouver, WA / Camas, WA / Washougal, WA / Battle Ground, WA / Amboy, WA / Yacolt, WA / Cougar, WA / Woodland, WA / Kelso, WA / Longview, WA / Stevenson, WA / Centralia, WA / Long Beach, WA / Ocean Park, WA / Kalama, WA / La Center, WA / Ariel, WA / North Bonneville, WA / Salmon Creek, WA / Orchards, WA / Ridgefield, WA / Castle Rock, WA / Chinook, WA

 

Three Deadly Mistakes Every Home Buyer Should Avoid

Deadly Mistake #1: Thinking you can't afford it.

Many people who thought that buying the home they wanted was simply out of their reach are now enjoying a new lifestyle in their very own homes.

Buying a home is the smartest financial decision you will ever make. In fact, most homeowners would be broke at retirement if it wasn't for one saving grace -- the equity in their homes. Furthermore, tax allowances favor home ownership.

Real estate values have always risen steadily. Of course, there are peaks and valleys, but the long-term trend is a consistent increase. This means that every month when you make a mortgage payment, the amount that you owe on the home goes down and the value typically increases. This "owe less, worth more" situation is called equity build-up and is the reason you can't afford not to buy.

Even if you have little money for a down payment or credit problems, chances are that you can still buy that new home. It just comes down to knowing the right strategies, and working with the right people. See below.

Deadly Mistake #2: Not hiring a buyer's agent to represent you.

Buying property is a complex and stressful task. In fact, it is often the biggest, single investment you will make in your lifetime. At the same time, real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated. New technology, laws, procedures, and competition from other buyers require buyer agents to perform at an ever-increasing level of competence and professionalism. In addition, making the wrong decisions can end up costing you thousands of dollars. It doesn't have to be this way!

Work with a buyer's agent who has a keen understanding of the real estate business and the local market. A buyer's agent has a fiduciary duty to you. That means that he or she is loyal only to you and is obligated to look out for your best interests. A buyer's agent can help you find the best home, the best lender, and the best home inspector in your area. That inspector should be an InterNACHI-certified home inspector because InterNACHI inspectors are the most qualified and best-trained inspectors in the world. Trying to buy a home without an agent or a qualified inspector is, well... unthinkable.


Deadly Mistake #3: Getting a cheap inspection.

Buying a home is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make. This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection. The cost of a home inspection is small relative to the value of the home being inspected. The additional cost of hiring a certified inspector is almost insignificant by comparison. As a home buyer, you have recently been crunching the numbers, negotiating offers, adding up closing costs, shopping for mortgages, and trying to get the best deals. Don't stop now! Don't let your real estate agent, a "patty-cake" inspector, or anyone else talk you into skimping here.

InterNACHI front-ends its membership requirements. InterNACHI turns down more than half the inspectors who want to join because they can't fulfill the membership requirements.

InterNACHI-certified inspectors perform the best inspections, by far. InterNACHI-certified inspectors earn their fees many times over. They do more, they deserve more and -- yes -- they generally charge a little more. Do yourself a favor...and pay a little more for the quality inspection you deserve.

 

Check out Dave's blog useful advice for home owners at http://dkhomeinspection.blogspot.com/

 

  

 

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