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A Lexington Ky Home Inspector Sometimes Delivers Bad News

If you are in the process of buying a home, you’ve probably heard advice to “hire experts” to help you navigate the process. Whether it is arranging pre-approval for your home loan with your bank representative or choosing a Realtor with years of experience, these professionals have knowledge that will help you. When you hire a Lexington Ky home inspector, remember that you may receive good news or some unwelcome news.

A professional home inspector works for you – not the seller, not the Realtor. His/her job is to provide a thorough evaluation of the home that arms you with information so you can decide your next step. Absolute Home Inspection is committed to providing an honest and thorough assessment. In the process of inspecting Lexington Ky homes, we sometimes have to be the bearer of bad news. No matter what the inspection reveals, you are saving yourself from future problems by gaining the knowledge that leads to either canceling the deal or renegotiating.

Prospective home buyers often fall in love with their finds too quickly and have a tough time hearing that what they thought was a good deal actually has some serious flaws. They do not want to hear that their “dream home” is – quite literally – on a shaky foundation or has other serious issues. Any home, new or old has the potential to have problems that could be deal breakers.

It’s wise to wait before committing with your heart to a potential home until you get the results from the home inspector. If you are shopping for a home in the area, contact the best Lexington Ky home inspector in the business, Absolute Home Inspection.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

home inspection stress

Are you buying a home in Lexington Ky? There are many things to consider before making your purchase such as floor plans, neighborhoods, schools, traffic, crime, amenities, and so forth. When you factor in the financing, negotiations, and actually moving into the house, the entire process is ranked as a stressful life event. Experts recommend you take a proactive approach to home shopping in order to help things go as smoothly as possible. Make a budget. Get pre-approved for a mortgage loan. And hire a professional home inspector before finalizing any deal.

If you are buying new construction, you may not think you need a home inspection. However, there are many potential problems with a brand new home as it has never been lived in. When we inspect your home we will test your heating and cooling systems as well as every appliance. We will make sure the outlets are grounded and test for carbon monoxide leaks.

If you are purchasing an older home, the electrical wiring may be out of date, there may be water damage to the foundation, or even serious safety concerns.

No matter how old your home is, we will conduct a thorough home inspection inside and outside your home including the roof, foundation, garage, attic and much more. If you are buying a home in the Lexington Ky area, call Absolute Home Inspection to reduce the stress that surrounds this major purchase. We will proudly provide peace of mind with our thorough reports. Get your free quote today.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

 

lexington ky home inspection

When you are looking for a Lexington Ky Home Inspector, choose Absolute Home Inspection. We know that some of the worst consumer experiences revolve around lack of communication, broken promises, unmet expectations, and missed deadlines. That’s why our motto is “Prompt, Professional, Courteous…Absolute.”

 

Prompt

We set ourselves apart from the competition by our rapid response from start to finish. We answer the phone and return phone calls quickly. We know that the home buying process can be stressful and in many cases the entire transaction hinges on the home inspection evaluation. That’s why we schedule inspections as soon as possible, choosing times that are most convenient for the home buyer. We arrive promptly at the designated time. Realtors who have worked with other home inspection companies are often pleasantly surprised that our full report – with photos – is emailed to the buyer usually within a scant 24 hours of the home inspection. At Absolute Home Inspection, we are especially proud of our fast delivery of the complete report!

 

Professional

All of our technicians are  thoroughly trained to provide a complete analysis of the home. Continuing education ensures they stay current on the latest building codes, safety alerts, and home inspection industry standards. The multi-page report you receive will detail areas of concern and have a quick summary of the property’s condition.

 

Courteous

We are committed to providing good, courteous, customer service throughout the entire process.

 

If you are looking for the best Lexington Ky Home Inspector, give us a call at 859.230.1450 or request a free quote.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

first time home buyer lexington ky home inspection

Real estate experts recommend a professional home inspection for everyone who is buying a home. This is especially important for first time homebuyers. People who have never owned a home before are less likely to be familiar with costly repairs, structural problems, and other issues that a home inspector may uncover.  Here are three reasons why a first time home buyer should get a home inspection:

 

1. Learn what maintenance or repairs are needed

First time home buyers should make the offer on the home contingent on the outcome of a professional home inspection. Estimated costs of repairs can be deducted from the cost of the home, or the seller may agree to get the work done before the sale is completed. The buyer may also retain the right to walk away from the deal based on the home inspectors report. Be sure to discuss these options with your Realtor before making your offer. Your agent will write the terms into the offer.

 

2. Gain understanding about the care of the home

The first time home buyers should plan to meet with the technician towards the end of the home inspection. The inspector can point out the location of safety outlets, furnace filters, and point out areas for regular attention such as ground slope around the foundation.

 

3. Have peace of mind

Buying a home is more than likely the most expensive purchase a first time buyer has ever made. A professional home inspection gives the buyer  peace of mind by knowing the house has been thoroughly checked including the roof, attic, foundation, electrical, plumbing, all the appliances and more.

Choose Absolute Home Inspection for your Lexington Ky home inspection needs.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

lexington ky home inspection

Last week, we wrote about one of the main reasons for having a Lexington Ky Home Inspection: to know up front about the possibility of needed home repairs before buying a house. Replacing the timber supports and repairing a foundation were just two of the most expensive home repairs. Here are some more:

 

Roof repairs

The roof is probably the one area prospective home buyers never get to see. And yet a replacement can easily be the most costly expense an owner will ever have to endure. At Absolute Home Inspection, we pride ourselves in providing a thorough roof evaluation as part of our normal home inspection. Unlike other companies, we do not view your roof from the ground using binoculars. We actually walk the entire roof, when possible, looking for any trouble spots or areas of concern. Our report will note the age of the roof, the average life expectancy, the condition of the valleys and chimney flashing, and if sealing, repairs, or roof replacement is needed. Putting a new roof on a house can cost upwards of $6000.

 

Exterior repairs

Another expensive area is maintenance of the home exterior. Does the home need repainting? Are the window sills rotted? Does the vinyl siding have holes or need repair? Our Lexington Ky home inspection includes an analysis of the exterior walls as well as eaves, soffits, facias, porches, and decks. The typical cost to paint a home exterior ranges from $3,000 to $8,000.

 

Gain peace of mind when buying a home in the Lexington Ky area. Choose Absolute Home Inspection to evaluate the house and surrounding property.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

most expensive home repairs in lexington ky home inspection

If you are in the process of buying a home, you may be wondering if it is worth it to have a professional home inspection. Most real estate agents and home buying experts will recommend a home inspection for two big reasons. One, to uncover possible safety hazards, and two, to find maintenance issues that may need attention.

A home inspection can alert you to major repairs that are needed in or around the home. You may choose to go ahead and buy the home, renegotiate the purchase price, or cancel the deal and continue in your search.

Here are just two of the most expensive home repairs:

 

Foundation

Problems with the structural foundation of the home that are causing leaks to the basement or other areas are difficult to fix. There may be flaws with new construction which cause water to get in, or over time walls may have cracked and settled in older homes. A cracked foundation can cost $10,000 or more to correct.

 

Stumps

Timber beams that support a home, called stumps, may need to be replaced if they are rotted or defective. One indication that something is not right is if there is a lot of vibration when walking across the main floor. This is a costly repair that if not done correctly could adversely affect the home’s leveling.

 

If you are considering having a Lexington Ky home inspection, know that part of the service we offer is peace of mind knowing that your future home has been thoroughly checked and evaluated. You’ll receive a detailed written report within 24 hours of inspection.

Are you planning to purchase a home in the area? Contact us for your Lexington Ky home inspection.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

we inspect your home and grounds

We inspect your home and so much more! We will even note if the sidewalk poses a trip hazard.

At Absolute Home Inspection, we inspect all the components of your home that you would expect: the HVAC system, appliances, electrical, plumbing, roof and the foundation. We pride ourselves in providing a very thorough inspection of the house and property – even inspecting some areas that may surprise you. For example, did you know that we inspect the grounds around your home and even the driveway?  Here are some of the details we evaluate when we inspect your home:

 

Service or Entrance Walls and Walkways

We will note the construction materials used, such as if they are brick, concrete, flagstone, etc, and if the public or private sidewalks present a trip hazard. In Lexington, public sidewalk maintenance is the homeowner’s responsibility. We will report any cracks or walkway problems and note those that are in need of repair.

 

Fencing

Our inspection includes a survey of any fences or walls on the property. We will note whether they are composed of brick, block, wood, metal, or vinyl. If the condition of a metal fence is rusted we will note that as well as any loose blocks or caps in masonry walls, and any missing or damaged planks in wood fencing.

 

Landscaping

We will evaluate the role landscaping plays regarding your foundation. We will report any negative grades causing water to flow towards your home rather than away from it. We will also recommend basement window wells or covers, if needed, and if trees or shrubs need to be cut back to enable better drainage. We will even note if there is an improperly stacked woodpile too close to the home that could attract termites.

 

 

At Absolute Home Inspection, you can be confident that when we inspect your home we will do a complete and thorough job looking at all of the details that affect your investment. Contact us for a free quote.

 

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

present during home inspection

Many prospective homebuyers are not sure if they should attend the home inspection. Some companies don’t want buyers to be in the way during a process that may take four hours or more. At Absolute Home Inspection, we encourage buyers to meet with the inspector during the final stage. Here are five reasons to be present during your home inspection:

1. Immediate Results

At Absolute Home Inspection, we deliver the full report with a summary and photos within 24 hours. However we recognize that many anxious buyers do not want to wait. When a buyer meets with the inspector as he finishes his job, he/she will receive the results right away.

2. See and Understand any Problems

Not only will the inspector explain any concerns to the buyer, he will also be able to walk through the home and show the buyer the scope of the issue.

3. Learn About the Home

The technician can show the future homeowner the location of the emergency shut-off valves for gas, electric and water. He can also point out each GFCI safety outlet, what areas they serve, and demonstrate the reset feature.

4. More Time in the Home

During the inspection, the buyer can take the opportunity to measure windows or mentally arrange furniture.

5. Observe the Quality of the Job

At Absolute Home Inspection, we are proud of our high standards in performing each inspection. With every report we gladly demonstrate our thorough attention to detail. By being present during your home inspection, you can see for yourself our commitment to quality.

Are you looking for a home inspector in the Lexington Ky-Fayette County area? Call us for a free quote at 859.230.1450.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote

home inspection inspecting the roof

Have you ever wondered how we go about inspecting the roof? While some home inspectors do a visual inspection of the roof from the ground using binoculars, we believe a more thorough inspection is in order. At Absolute Home Inspection, we will walk the entire roof whenever possible.

We place a high importance on the condition of your roof and the related components because we know that the roof is one area that you most likely have not seen – and may never see. Since you are hoping to buy this home, we want to give you a full report on what may be the most expensive home repair you’ll ever make should the roof need a full replacement.

Here are some of the components of an Absolute roof inspection. Our report will note the:

  • style of the roof and its condition
  • number and age of the asphalt layers
  • average life expectancy for that roof category
  • type of ventilation system
  • materials used for the chimney flashing, if flashing is missing or if sealing is recommended
  • condition of any valleys in the roof
  • status of any skylights and their seals
  • condition of the plumbing vents

Inspecting the roof does not involve just the exterior of the rooftop. In addition to walking the complete roof whenever possible, we also inspect the attic. We check for any signs of leaks and other problems with the roof framework.

At Absolute Home Inspection, we are proud of the work we do. Give us a call at 859.230.1450.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

home inspection when buying a new home

You may assume that you don’t need a home inspection when buying a newly constructed home. After all, everything is brand new. At Absolute Home Inspection, we often find more potential problems when inspecting new construction than with existing homes. Here’s why:

The home has never been lived in so no one has put the plumbing or air system through its paces. When people live in a home, chances are they have found and fixed any major problems.

Our Absolute home inspectors test every outlet for grounding and possible reverse polarity. We perform fire safety checks to ensure there is correct ventilation and we also test for carbon monoxide leaks. A slow leak can be more toxic than a major one as it may not be noticed but could be life threatening.

We test the heating and air conditioning, plumbing and every appliance. Every drain and faucet is checked for leaks. Our home inspectors also climb onto the roof to inspect the flashing, gutters, shingles, and ventilation pipes. We also inspect the attic to check for signs of leaks, proper ventilation, and to ensure the lumber used for the trusses and rafters are up to code.

A home inspection on a new home will provide peace of mind that the home is safe for you and your family.

Yes, you do need a home inspection when buying a new home – and when buying an existing home. Contact us for a free quote.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.