Knox Inspection Services, Inc.
1410 South Terrace
[1 block west
of 15th and Lewis]
Toll Free: 800.875.5474
Home Buyer Questions
do I know if I need an Inspection of the home I'm about to buy?
I get the Inspections provided in the Tulsa Realtor® contract, is that
are waiting for the first good reason to not get a Home Inspection.
The most common reason we
have heard concerns
the price. “The Inspection costs too much”. We consistently
Customer much more
in potential repairs than the Inspection fee. That is because most
that are in generally
good condition have minor problems that can add up to big money.
may remark “I would
rather spend the money on fixing the house up than on an Inspection”.
The cost of one major
component (furnace, air conditioner, hot water tank, oven, range, electric
etc.) will show that
reason to be wrong, (but then it’s too late). The Inspection often
defects and problems
that are obvious to an Inspector and "hidden" to a Home buyer. Why
Mortgage lender, Appraiser,
Realtor®, Insurance company, and FHA & VA recommend inspections?
Because they don’t
want to be involved in a transaction with a problem. Just take a
moment to look at
the Realtor® Contract
of Sale. More than half of the printed form is devoted to Inspections.
Because good Inspections
make good transactions. It is just that simple. Still undecided?
The Realtor® Contract of Sale is an excellent document. However,
like any general form, it does
have limitations in
a specific transaction. The point is; write into the Inspection Agreement
or give us
a written memorandum
of your expectations in the home inspection. Each of the various
we offer has different
items that are included (or not included). Some of the inspections
obvious in their coverage
such as swimming pools, Radon Gas detection, Mold Spore testing, etc.
The Oklahoma Home
Inspection and the Fixtures, Equipment and Systems Inspection (FES) are
general in their design
and very different in their coverage. Please read this Book and ask
do components of a home need to be replaced?
roof surface statistically wears out at about the 15 year mark, making
it no longer eligible for
Hazard insurance coverage
or some Mortgage loans years before that age. Average quality built-in
appliances begin to
wear out at the 6 to 8 years, (with good care). The gas furnace and
tank will statistically
last about 15 and 12 years respectively. The air conditioner is rated
to last 9 to
12 years. If
the home was built before 1978 it probably has some lead base paint.
If built near 1972 it
may have aluminum
wiring for the 110 volt circuitry. The age of the home as relates
to visible cracks,
gaps and settlement
is one indicator of past and sometimes future structural activity.
The age of the
home is too often
a misleading indicator of the overall condition and predictable repairs.
if my “dream home” has air ducts in the floor slab?
ducts will require a Video Camera inspection to know if there is (or is
not) a problem or damage.
Homes in which the
yard area slopes toward the house or have generally flat sites usually
problems with water
infiltration into basements, crawl spaces, or sub-slab air ducts.
We have heard
the buyer say, "the
home I'm buying has a French Drain so the danger of water problems in the
basement, crawl space
or sub-slab air ducts" is fixed”. Many “French Drains” are installed
amateurs and are therefore
seldom deep enough to function dependably. Get documentation !
house you are considering to purchase, is probably a very good home!
The Inspection will
confirm that fact
or give you insight into what is necessary to make the house a place you
We perform a very Basic Inspection all the way to the Maximum Inspection.
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