Home Inspection Companies in Park City, Utah
Once you have an accepted offer on your new Park City home, you are then "Under Contract" (in escrow) and your Buyer's Due Diligence time period begins. Typically you will have about two weeks to complete your inspections and evaluations of the property. One of the first things to do is to hire a home inspector. When you hire a home inspector, you are hiring an experienced professional who has training and experience in the building industry. It is the job of the home inspector to not only evaluate the condition of the house's major systems and structural integrity, but also to evaluate how these systems are working together and identify areas that need to be watched, repaired or replaced. A home inspection service is a visual inspection of the structural elements and systems which are accessible. This typically includes: Foundation, Roofing, Exterior, walls, siding etc…, Porches and decks, Attic, Electrical systems, Plumbing systems, Interior, Doors and windows, Heating and air conditioning systems, Ventilation, Fireplaces.
Your home inspector gives you the Big Picture analysis of the house you are purchasing. If the home inspector identifies the need for a costly, detailed analysis of any of the houses' systems or structures, the inspector will recommend the appropriate professional, which may be an experienced engineer with expertise analyzing that particular system or structure. The need for this kind of expensive, detailed analysis is rare. Often there may be many smaller items of concern to address; either requiring professional explanation of what the issue might be, or obtaining estimates on what the costs might be to resolve the issue. Either way, along with the help of the home inspector, we work as your guide throughout this process.
Below is a list of home inspection companies operating in Park City and Deer Valley:
Redstone Home Inspections Inc
Advocate Home Inspections
Abodee Radon Mitigation
Cowan Inspections Group
We strongly encourage you to accompany the inspector so that you may ask questions and gain a better understanding of the systems in the home. For most of our buyers, they are out of state while the inspection is done, so we always meet the inspector at the home to be sure they get in Ok and get started, and can answer any accessibility or system questions. We the let the inspector do their job (usually takes a few hours). At the end, we often meet the inspector again at the property so they can visually show us what might be of concern. That way, we can get a quicker and more accurate start to solving questions, or obtaining repair estimates.
We often get questions about Structural Engineers. Hiring a Structural Engineer on your own can be a disappointing experience. The term Structural Engineer does not mean that the individual has training or experience conducting home inspections. Additionally, a home inspection does not involve engineering analysis. Therefore, hiring a Structural Engineer to complete a home inspection undoubtedly costs more. If the structure integrity is of concern, we ca often track down the architect who designed the home or building, or can assist in finding a reputable structural engineer. For most buyers, starting with a home inspector is sufficient. If there is further concern, the home inspector will often make the recommendation for further inspections by the specific professionals.
Below are a few recommended items that should be included in your home inspection and evaluation process. For a full list of Buyer Due Diligence items, ask us for a copy of our Utah Association of REALTORS® Buyer Due Diligence Checklist. If you are already under contract on the purchase of a new Park City home, we most likely already have given you this 3 page form to sign
Buyer is advised to consult with appropriate professionals regarding all physical aspects of the Property, including, but not limited to: built-in appliances; plumbing fixtures, lines, fittings and systems; heating, air conditioning systems and components; electrical wiring, systems, appliances and components; foundation; roof; structure; exterior surfaces (including stucco), exterior features and equipment; pool/spa systems and components; any diseased trees or other landscaping; and moisture seepage and damage from roof, foundation or windows. Buyer is advised not to rely on seller, the Company, or any agents of the Company for a determination regarding the physical condition of the Property.
Buyer is advised to consult with appropriate professionals to determine the possible existence of mold in the Property. Water leaks and water damage to the Property may result in mold that may have adverse health effects. Additional information regarding mold is available through the EPA at: www.epa.gov.
Buyer is advised to consult with appropriate professionals to determine the possible existence of excessive levels of radon gas in the Property. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the United States. Excessive levels of radon may have adverse health effects. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for excessive levels of radon. Information is available through the www.radon.utah.gov and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality – Environmental Hotline 1-800-458-0145.
Buyer is advised to consult with appropriate professionals regarding possible geologic conditions at or near the Property. Such geologic conditions may include, but are not limited to, soil and terrain stability, the existence of wetlands, drainage problems, and any building and/or zoning requirements relating to such geologic conditions.
What if the Property Needs Repairs?
The home inspector will provide a complete report, and will be available for you to call and ask questions. Often home inspectors will rate appliances and equipment as "marginal, due to age". This is a very common rating for any appliances that are not completely new. You will also have a list of possibly many items to address. Some may be major, but usually most we find to be minor, but still need to be fixed, repaired or replaced. When it's time to figure out the costs of repairs, and importance of repairs, we will be able to help you coordinate.
Below is a list of home repair contractors and handymen operating in Park City and Deer Valley:
Licensed General Contractor