Author: Richard Graff

  • Pre-Listing Inspections: What Sellers AND Buyers Should Know

    Pre-Listing Inspections: What Sellers AND Buyers Should Know

    What are Pre-Listing Inspections? A Pre-Listing Inspection is a Home Inspection done prior to a homeowner listing their home for sale, it is usually contracted by and paid for by the seller, however, in some cases, the listing agent may offer to cover all or part of the fee out of the listing agent’s marketing…

  • Did You Waive Your Home Inspection? And Why It Is Still Important?

    Did You Waive Your Home Inspection? And Why It Is Still Important?

    Significance of Post-Settlement Home Inspections in a Competitive Housing Market During the past several years, housing market conditions, such as low home inventories and heavy competition among home buyers in the greater Philadelphia and Delaware Valley, have forced many home buyers into situations in which they have waived the home inspection. If you are not…

  • Importance of Termite Inspections in Newtown Square, PA

    Importance of Termite Inspections in Newtown Square, PA

    Why Termite Inspections is Necessary & its Benefits When I am discussing a home inspection with my clients, termite Inspections (specifically termed wood destroying insect or WDI inspection in Pennsylvania) are usually the primary addon service requested. In many cases it may be a requirement of the mortgage company, as VHA and certain FHA or…

  • The Impact of Weather on A Home Inspection

    The Impact of Weather on A Home Inspection

    How can weather impact home inspections? I often am asked about weather conditions by clients and how will that impact the home inspection process, occasionally I have client call to re-schedule an inspection because rain is forecasted that day. While snow may be an issue and hinder seeing exterior components, I absolutely do not like…

  • Sewer Line Inspections – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    Sewer Line Inspections – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    Importance of Sewer Line inspections As a home buyer you are presented with a variety of inspection options to consider while having a Home Inspection. There are considerations and systems that are out of scope of the typical home inspection, services such as Wood Destroying Insect (Termite) inspections and Radon Testing are two of the…

  • How Photos, Videos & Hyperlinks Enhance Your Home Inspection Report?

    How Photos, Videos & Hyperlinks Enhance Your Home Inspection Report?

    Understanding the Elements of Inspection Report In a previous article, I wrote about “what to Expect from Your Home Inspection” and I wanted to follow up and help you understand how various elements of the inspection report can help you understand the information about your home. First off there are several versions of the reports…

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    Choosing the Right Home Inspector in Newtown Square, PA Importance of choosing the right home inspector Choosing the right home inspector may seem intimidating, but choosing the wrong one may cost you valuable time and money. Many new home buyers these days know very little about homes, the systems in their homes and how to…

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    What to Expect from Your Home Inspection Answering the question “What to expect from your home inspection” requires a look at the definition of Home Inspection, the State of Pennsylvania defines a home inspection as; “Home inspection.”  A noninvasive visual examination of some combination of the mechanical, electrical or plumbing systems or the structural and essential…

  • Why Should You Have Your Home Inspected

    Why Should You Have Your Home Inspected

    “The fact is, you should get a home inspection because buying a home may be the single biggest purchase and investment you will make in your lifetime and you NEED to do everything in your power to protect that investment”  The average buyer pays between $150,000 and $350,000 for a home, the home inspection with…

  • “Code” &  The Home Inspection

    “Code” & The Home Inspection

    Homes built today are constructed according to building codes, a set of rules that specify the standards for construction.  As home inspectors we are “generalists”, we are not usually trained in code, so we generally do not use code to backup our statements.  In some cases, a particular issue may have been installed “according to code” when…