WHAT IS A FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION?

 

By far, the most popular of the value-added services offered by OZ Home Inspections, is the ‘Follow-Up Inspection.’ But what is a follow-up inspection, exactly, and why is it worthwhile to to have an inspector revisit a home that he or she previously evaluated only a few weeks or months ago?

Very often, home inspection reports are used as a bargaining chip by homebuyers and their real estate agents to negotiate for the repair of deficiencies to a home that were not disclosed and not obvious to the buyers when their contingency offer was made and accepted.

For example, I recently inspected a house only six years old that I determined had defective double-pane window seals in almost every room – a burdensome expense that would have fallen on the buyers if I hadn’t brought the problem to their attention, before closing. I mentioned in my report – for the mutual benefit of the buyers and sellers alike – that the windows were possibly still under warrantee, which happily turned out to be the case. My follow-up inspection assured the buyers that all of the affected windows had been repaired and were functioning as intended, prior to the buyers taking possession of the home.

A follow-up inspection focuses on specific areas of concern that were identified in the original home inspection and were subsequently addressed. The buyer or agent typically provides a punch list of conditions that were negotiated for correction, and I go back to make sure the specified repairs, replacements, or/and maintenance issues were completed satisfactorily. I append notations to the original report, updating my observations and providing appropriate documentation.

Roof repairs, water heater replacements, the remediation of structural deterioration and settling – these are all other high-ticket expenses that I’ve recently helped homebuyers avoid by providing timely follow-up inspection services. It’s well worth the nominal ($125) charge for the service.

Oz is licensed (NC Lic. #3579), insured, certified by AHIT (American Home Inspectors Training) Institute, and has gone beyond state requirements to pass the National Home Inspectors Exam, used by 22 states to assess Home Inspector competence. We pride ourselves on the thoroughness and accuracy of our inspections. We take our time, on-site – like no other inspection service in the greater Fort Bragg market – and get the job done right.

Call Eric ‘Oz’ Schult at 910-876-7770 for an appointment, or email him at oz@ozhomeinspections.com.

About Eric Schult

I am a licensed, professional Home Inspector (NC LIC.# 3579) - doing business as OZ Home Inspections, LLC - in the greater Fort Bragg region of south central North Carolina.
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