Home Buyers Guide

Why Your Home Needs a Check Up

When was the last time you had your home inspected for safety and maintenance items?

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  • We have our cars inspected and tuned up on a regular basis.
  • We go to the doctor for yearly exams.

    When was the last time you had your home (most likely the most expensive item that you own) inspected for safety and maintenance items?


Each year according to estimates by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), nearly one million people over the age of 65 are treated in hospitals emergency rooms for injuries associated with the products they live with and use everyday at home. Slips and falls are the main source of injury per the CPSC.

The Underwriters Laboratories Inc (UL) suggests that you have your home audited by a safety professional that can locate potential fire and electric shock hazards. This will greatly reduce the possibility of falling victim to unforeseen fire and electrical-related hazards.

Many fire departments advise having a "Home Safety Inspection"

By having your home inspected by a certified inspector you can rest assured that you are living in a home that is safe of any possible hazards. An inspector can help you to prioritize the items needing attention. Undoubtedly each and every one of our homes need some work and repair, however some are more severe than others. And as they always say, the issues you don't see are the ones that will hurt you the most.


This is a common question because most people figure a contractor knows what's best when it comes to building codes and what's out of code. The fact of the matter is home inspectors also know codes, but because a certified inspector is not allowed to do repairs on the homes they inspect, you're not going to get a list of unnecessary repairs.

Think about it....if you hire a contractor to inspect your home, he might try to point out a number of exaggerated issues that may not be of serious concern, but because he's a contractor and licensed to make such repairs, he may exaggerate or make up hazardous conditions to generate revenue.


In fact, there are thousands of honest contractors who would never even dream of doing such a thing as to make up home issues just to make a quick buck. However, there is no law on the books that can prevent this. There IS such a law with home inspectors. They are NOT ALLOWED to make repairs or even refer specific contractors for repair work. They are only allowed to inspect and point out home issues. If a home inspector DOES try to refer you to a specific contractor OR offer to make the repairs himself/herself, you as the home owner can contact the American Society of Home Inspectors ,® Inc. (ASHI) and report the home inspector. This will result in the inspector getting kicked out of the association and most likely even uncertified.

So as you can see, it's advantageous to get your home a check up. It's good for your home and your future health.

Waterman Inspection Services offers home maintenance inspections and safety inspections for homes and mobile homes. For more information and details on home inspections in Orange County, CA, visit http://www.watermaninspectionservices.com/

Useful Resources for Home Buyers
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  • an important step in protecting yourself from buying a home with hidden faults that will require costly repairs.
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  • Many new home buyers have the impression that all home inspectors are the same, in fact, many Canadian provinces and American States have no regulations for home inspectors so the experience level of inspectors vary.
  • Toxic Substance Inspection
  • You've already asked for the right to have a professional home inspector inspect your house. And you've asked for the right to have your home inspected for pests. Have you thought about having an inspector test for toxic substances?
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