Maine Home Inspection Services

P1040827Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?

Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:

  1. Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure.
  2. Things that lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak, for example.
  3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home.
  4. Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel.

Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).

Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller’s disclosure or nit-picky items.

Phil_MugshotHome inspection services in Maine are provided by Phil Petroska, AHIT® Certified and InterNACHI® Certified Home Inspector. Phil is a member of the Maine Coalition of Home Inspection Professionals (MeCHIPs), a licensed NH Home Inspector and owner of North Country Property Services, LLC dba North Country Home Inspections.  In southern and western Maine, we service Cumberland, York and Oxford counties.

Included with our standard general home inspection at no additional cost are mold screening and pest screening.  Other real estate transaction related services that we provide include infrared thermal imaging, septic inspection, radon testing and well water quality testing.

Call or text us at 207-713-0675 for more information or to set up an appointment.


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