For Home Buyers

Why Get A Home Inspection?

Buying a house is one of the most important financial decisions of your life.  It can be the greatest investment you ever made, or it can turn into a financial nightmare, often referred to as “The Money Pit.”
Because of the frequency of “Money Pit” purchases, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) was formed in 1976, the first association of home inspectors in America. 
ASHI is North America’s oldest and most respected professional society of home inspectors. ASHI’s goals have always been to build customer awareness of the importance of a quality home inspection and enhance the professionalism of home inspectors.
 
A home inspection can best be described as looking at the home you are buying through a “different set of eyes.”  You know you like the house.  You might like its size, location, distance from your job, floorplan, school district, or many other things about it.  So, you know you want to buy it.  What you need a home inspector for is to tell you exactly what you are buying.
Does the house have safety issues that could cause someone to get hurt?  Does it have a mice or rat infestation in the crawlspace?  Does it have a roof that needs to be replaced, or a problem with the foundation that holds the house up?  Does it have an electrical panel or wiring not used anymore due to fire danger?  Is the furnace so old that it may need replaced in the next year or two?  How about the water heater?  Are there plumbing leaks?  How about windows that have failing seals?
 
A house is actually made up of many individual systems and components and all of them can be broken, worn out, unsafe, or in need of maintenance.  How will you know which ones to replace, maintain, or monitor?  You won’t, and that is why there are double state licensed home inspectors at Move Smart Home Inspections ready to give you that information.

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How Much Will I Pay For My Home Inspection?

The price of your home inspection varies with several factors.  One factor we consider is the type of home you are buying.  Is it a house?  Is it a legal condominium or townhome where you are charged dues to belong to a homeowners’ association?  If it is, we inspect the inside of the building and not all of the exterior components, because these components are covered under your homeowners’ association dues.
 
The size of the home to be inspected is another variable that determines the price.  Like most home inspection companies we price based off of square footage. In general, larger homes take longer to inspect and they can have more systems to inspect.  For example, we inspected a large home one time that had four electrical panels and two furnaces. 
 
Our prices change on occasion, so the best way to find out the price for a home you are buying is to either call us at 253-631-4019 or submit an online home inspection request. 

Why Should I Use Move Smart Home Inspections?

We recommend you only use Move Smart Home Inspections for three reasons:

Our Credentials
All of our inspectors are double state licensed.  They carry a Home Inspector’s license from the Washington State Department of Licensing.  They also carry a Structural Pest Inspector’s license from the Washington State Department of Agriculture.  All of our inspectors are members of the American Society of Home Inspections (ASHI), the oldest and most respected association of home inspector’s in the world.   

Our Training
Our inspectors start their training at one of America’s top home inspector schools.  They have to attend both classroom educational sessions and training inspections at actual houses.  This is just the start however.  We have our new inspectors train even further by doing our company apprenticeship program and our report writing training program. 

Our Approach
Our inspectors are very thorough when they inspect a home.  If a defect exists, we try to find it.  It’s as simple as that.  Our inspectors are very personable.  You may not think this matters, but buying a home is stressful and a home inspection is three to four hours of time spent in a home with someone you don’t know.  Our inspectors are easy to talk to and are educational.  We don’t do inspections to just point out problems.  We understand and enjoy houses.  We want you to understand your new house as well, and that is why in addition to explaining the findings on your reports, we also explain how your shut-off valves work for gas, electricity, and water and how to manage our Yearly Maintenance Guide for your new home to keep it in good shape.