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NORCROSS, GA, August 09, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- With the real estate market rebounding, more people are able to sell their home and move into a new one than at any other time in recent years. An essential part of the home purchase process is the inspection. Atlanta home inspectors Champia Real Estate Inspections offers some important tips for getting the most value out of the home inspection.
What is a Home Inspection?
When a seller accepts the potential buyer's offer, it is wise for the buyer to hire a professional home inspector before closing. A qualified home inspector will conduct a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation, inside and out. They will then provide a detailed written report listing all items that need to be fixed or where repair is recommended.
Find a Credentialed Inspector
State-mandated credentials for inspectors vary. In many states, an inspector does not need any formal training and may not even have to be licensed or bonded. Champia's home inspectors in Atlanta, GA have the highest industry standard certifications from the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), International Code Council (ICC), and National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP).
Attend the Inspection
Many buyers let their realtor handle the process and are not present during the inspection. However, Champia recommends that potential buyers be there for the inspection. Since a good inspection will take a few hours, this will give you an opportunity to look at the home carefully for yourself without being rushed.
Negotiate Repairs with the Seller
Once you have the inspection report, decide whether you want to have the repairs done yourself or have the seller take care of them. Many buyers prefer to handle them. They are more likely to be done the way you want. For the items that need to be repaired, get an estimate from a reputable contractor.
What is Included in a Champia Inspection?
Champia's Atlanta home inspections are thorough and detailed. Outside, they evaluate the structural integrity of the house, and inspect the exterior areas, including the garage, chimney, driveway, and retaining walls. Inside, they inspect the electrical system, heating and air conditioning, and plumbing, just to name a few things. Their report includes pictures of any issues and recommended repairs.
Champia advises customers to bundle in additional inspections that can be crucial, depending on where the house is located. For example, in Atlanta, termite inspection is important because infestations are common. Radon testing in Atlanta is also strongly recommended because the city has the highest radon concentration in the state. They can also test for mold and do a water certification if required in your county.
About the importance of home inspections, Bill Compton, President and CEO of Champia Real Estate Inspections says, "Your home is likely the most expensive thing you will ever buy. You want to know what you are getting, and what needs to be repaired either immediately or down the line before you have costly and possibly irreparable damage."
For more information about Atlanta home inspections, please visit http://champia.com/.
Champia Real Estate Inspections has been providing comprehensive home inspections in Atlanta and the surrounding area since 1987. Their services are available 24/7 and cover new properties to older historic properties. They also involve a range of services from radon testing to termite inspections.
For more information, visit http://champia.com/.
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