What to Expect from Your Inspection

Wondering what’s included with a typical home inspection from Realm Inspections?

First things, first…

The General Home Inspection is intended for buyers, sellers, and homeowners. Your home inspector will describe the general condition of the home and its systems. The reports will note defects observed and other information about the home.

Now to the point, each of Realm’s Home Inspections comes with the following…

Modern Reports

Web-based full color reports with images and videos.  24 hour turn around, sooner if practical.  Find more info here.

Thermal Imaging

We use our thermal camera on all main home inspections.  We see what others miss.

Air Support

We walk every roof we can safely access.  When we can’t we have our drone as a backup.

Energy Reports

FREE Energy Report with each main inspection.  We save homeowners an average of $500 per year.

Buy Back Guarantee

Did we miss an obvious defect and you want out of the home?  InterNACHI will buy your home back from you for the purchase price.  See details for more info.

Homeowner Support

We’ve got your back for as long as you own the home.  Have a question or need some advice?  Reach out, we’re your resource for life.

Mechanical and Structure Warranty

We back all of our inspections with a 90 Day Limited Structural and Mechanical Warranty. See policy for full details.

Sewer Line Protection

Sewer line protection from SewerGard is included with each full home inspection.  Coverage up to $4000, see full policy details.

Mold Protection

If you move into your new home and mold is present that was not found during the inspection, you’re covered for remediation. See policy for full details.

Roof Protection

You are covered against the repair of leaks to your home’s roof for a period of 5 years following the date of inspection. See policy for full details.

Appliance Recall Alerts

If a manufacturer makes a dangerous product, they MUST recall it and fix it free of charge. With RecallChek® you’ll stay informed for as long as you subscribe.

Complimentary Concierge Service

Each buyer inspection includes FREE concierge service to get your local utility providers set up in your name by the time you move in.

Modern Reports

Web-based full color reports with images and videos.  24 hour turn around, sooner if practical.  Find more info here.

Thermal Imaging

We use our thermal camera on all main home inspections.  We see what others miss.

Air Support

We walk every roof we can safely access.  When we can’t we have our drone as a backup.

Energy Reports

FREE Energy Report with each main inspection.  We save homeowners an average of $500 per year.

Buy Back Guarantee

Did we miss an obvious defect and you want out of the home?  InterNACHI will buy your home back from you for the purchase price.  See details for more info.

Homeowner Support

We’ve got your back for as long as you own the home.  Have a question or need some advice?  Reach out, we’re your resource for life.

Mechanical and Structure Warranty

If you move into your new home and mold is present that was not found during the inspection, you’re covered for remediation. See policy for full details.

Sewer Line Protection

Sewer line protection from SewerGard is included with each full home inspection.  Coverage up to $4000, see full policy details.

Mold Protection

If you move into your new home and mold is present that was not found during the inspection, you’re covered for remediation. See policy for full details.

Roof Protection

You are covered against the repair of leaks to your home’s roof for a period of 5 years following the date of inspection. See policy for full details.

Appliance Recall Alerts

If a manufacturer makes a dangerous product, they MUST recall it and fix it free of charge. With RecallChek® you’ll stay informed for as long as you subscribe.

Concierge Service

Each buyer inspection includes FREE concierge service to get your local utility providers set up in your name by the time you move in.

At Realm, we stick to a strict 24-hour turn-time for publishing our reports, sooner if it’s practical. Our reports are web-based, full of pictures, videos, color, and loads of detail. The report will be available to you in both a desktop and mobile-friendly format for viewing while on the “go.” You also have the option to print a hard copy as needed.

Infrared Certified LogoEach of our main inspections includes the use of a thermal camera. The camera is one of the best tools in our bag, letting us see hidden defects. Water leaks, missing insulation, drafts, and failing electrical devices are some of the things we can see.

The air superiority condition is achieved when friendly operations can proceed without prohibitive interference from opposing forces. 

Uhh, what?!

When it comes to inspecting a roof, nothing beats getting on it and walking around.  We walk on every roof that we can safely get on.  When we can’t, we use our drone to get us the view we need. Still, nothing beats examining the roof covering like roof-walking, but we will settle for the next best thing.

 

We have saved homeowners an average of $500 per year. Yes, you read that correctly! All of our home inspections include a FREE Home Energy Inspection report. We collect over 40 points of data, enter it into our calculator, and generate a report specific to your home. This report is in addition to your main report.

Buy Back GuaranteeHypothetical scenario: Your inspector missed something during your inspection. Something that should have been caught, but since to err is to human, it was not. And let’s say that particular “something” is so detrimental to your peace of mind that you can no longer bear the thought of living in your new home. What can you do? For some, not much. Fortunately, you hired Realm Inspections. We come prepared for just this situation. To be totally clear, we do not ever, ever, ever want this scenario to happen. But, on the off-chance that it does, InterNACHI will “buy your home back” from you. No kidding! They will literally buy your home from you for the purchase price and absolve you of your obligation to it.

90 Day Structural & Mechanical Warranty plus covers the major structural and mechanical components of a home.

SewerGard covers your water line and sewer line against failure due to normal wear and tear, giving you peace of mind!

90 Day Mold Growth Coverage covers remediation of visible mold growth that may occur after the home inspection.

5 Year Roof Leak Warranty Covers the repair of roof leaks for 5 years from the home inspection date.

How about a FREE subscription to RecallChek®.  If a manufacturer makes a dangerous product, they MUST recall it and fix it free of charge. We will send a separate report of recalls for the major appliances in your home if present. You will also receive a monthly recall update email for as long as you subscribe.

The home buying process can be daunting. We like to take a bit of the stress out of the equation. Each buyer inspection includes FREE concierge service meant to help you get your home ready for move-in. This service will coordinate with your local utility providers to get the accounts for power, gas, water, or others set up in your name by the time you move in.

We stand behind our slogan, “Your resource for life.” If you have a home inspection performed by Realm Inspections, you will have our support as long as you own the home. If you have a question about a particular system, are curious about a general maintenance item, or plan on doing any type of DIY renovations, we can help. With our numerous communication channels, you can call, text, or email any time. You can also access the “bubble” on our website or like and subscribe to any of our social media pages. There is no shortage of options. We are everywhere. Come find us!

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR HOME INSPECTOR

What systems are covered by the Standards of Practice?

If you made it this far, you should have a good idea of the value that we bring you with a Realm inspection. If you add the above with the covered systems below, you’ll be in a fantastic position to make a truly informed decision.

  • Roof

    The roof is one of the most complex, costly, yet essential systems on the home. Your home inspector will examine the roof, its structure, covering (shingles, tiles, etc.), flashing, gutters, downspouts, and more.

  • Exterior

    Walkways, patios, driveways, doors, decks, balconies, siding, eaves and soffits, fascia, paint, attached garages, their operable doors, and other elements of the home’s exterior.  To sum up, there is quite a bit to the exterior of the home, and we inspect it all.

  • HVAC

    Staying comfortable in your home is a necessity.  To begin with, we visually inspect the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.  Additionally, we assess the ducts, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and air conditioning units (excluding window units).

  • Plumbing

    All of the accessible plumbing will be visually inspected. This includes operating the fixtures for proper function.  Among others, we assess any tubs, sinks, showers, and hose bibs (spigots). Where visible, we check out the plumbing lines to look for leaks and other flaws with this system.

  • Electrical Systems

    Your home inspector will visually assess the interior and exterior electrical systems, including service drops, service masts, grounding, a representative number of outlets, main service panels, distribution panels, circuit breakers, etc.  However, photovoltaic (solar) systems are not included.

  • Appliances

    Testing and examining installed appliances like stoves/ranges, built-in microwaves, and dishwashers is a requirement.  Therefore, you’ll know what’s working before you move in.

  • Windows & Doors

    Windows and doors come in all shapes and sizes.  Most importantly, we check all exterior doors.  Then a representative number of windows and interior doors are inspected.  We’ll look for proper sealing and drafts, signs of water damage, rubbing, improper latching, and more.

  • Interiors

    Interior space inspections include steps, stairways, balconies, railings, counters, and a representative number of built-in cabinets and doors.  Cosmetic issues including scuff marks on walls, nail-pops, dirty grout lines, and poor choices in paint color are excluded.

  • Foundations, Basements and Crawlspaces

    You cannot build a great building on a weak foundation.  Therefore, we examine crawlspaces and basements to look for signs of water intrusion, foundation cracking, or shifting, along with other potentially hazardous issues.

  • Attic, Ventilation & Insulation

    Your home inspector will examine the attic to ensure it is properly ventilated, check for moisture, assess insulation levels, and more.

Some final notes from your home inspector…

Pass or Fail?

“Did my home pass?” That is a question often asked of a home inspector. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work that way. The truth is homes age, materials deteriorate, and maintenance is often deferred; it’s a fact of homeownership. In short, some homes are meticulously maintained, while others, not so much. In fact, even the ones that are well maintained could be hiding a few secrets. 

What about Code?

We inspect each property according to the North Carolina Standards of Practice. It’s important to understand that we are not Code enforcers, although code and our standards do overlap in some areas. A home does not simply pass-or-fail. It is an evaluation of the property’s condition at the time of the inspection

The bottom line…

Ultimately, we call out deficiencies when we see them, providing a clear understanding of the issues and providing guidance on who to engage and what actions to take. No home, not even a new home, is perfect. We can help you understand what’s important, but only you can decide if the home is right for you.

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