Home Inspections

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an unbiased and non-invasive visual examination of the physical condition of a property. It is often, but not always connected to a real-estate transaction.

A home inspection is not:

  • An insurance policy, guarantee or warranty on the home
  • An invasive or destructive exercise
  • Intended to identify concealed defects
  • A code or design review
  • Intended to predict future performance or life expectancy
  • An environmental review or energy audit

Why should I get a home inspection?

Buying a home is typically the biggest investment you will ever make, so it's important to get a home inspection because the inspector should be able to discover and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer.  Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs, to severe damage or safety and health concerns. Additionally, most mortgage companies require a home inspection on a property before approving the home loan.

At what point in the real estate transaction should I schedule a home inspection?

A home inspection is usually scheduled after an offer has been made and accepted, but before the closing date. That way, the inspector can rule out any major defects that could be dangerous or costly. In rare cases—due to timing or contractual issues—the inspection can be scheduled after the closing date. If this is the case, the home buyer should schedule the inspection for the earliest possible date after closing.

Should I be present for the inspection?

You should attend the inspection, and you should reconsider hiring an inspector who doesn't allow this. You can learn a lot by following an inspector through the home. You will certainly gain a better understanding of the home's condition, which will give you insight into its potential sale points and defects. Additionally, you will likely learn information about the home's maintenance, systems and components that may provide useful for the transaction.

What happens if the inspection reveals problems?

If your home inspection reveals any problems, it is important to understand the severity of the defect. For example, a missing shingle or dirty air filter can be easily fixed at a low cost. However, if the defect is more extreme, such as a major foundation crack, wood-destroying organism infestation, or evidence of mold, you should find out how these problems can be addressed, and whether you can negotiate their cost with the seller.

Commercial Property Condition Assessments

What is a property condition assessment?

Property Condition Assessments (PCA) are used for commercial properties that are in the process od being purchased, leased, financed, or simply maintained. PCAs are used for commercial properties, commercial buildings, and even residential properties for multifamily units.

There are often circumstances where a property already under its current ownership needs to be evaluated. Global Building Inspections, LLC provides PCAs for commercial property owners to have all of the necessary information and details about their space.

When Do You Need A Property Condition Assessment (PCA)?

Turn to a PCA when you, as a property owner, need to know detailed facts about your property. The need usually comes before a major change is about to happen for the property, such as transitioning the property to a new manager or changing the use of the property. Global Building Inspections, LLC also provides PCAs if there comes a time where the property is deemed unsafe or presents any health hazards.

What is involved in a PCA?

At Global Building Inspections, we provide a comprehensive inspection for the property. We'll look at everything on the property, including:

  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Structural Frame
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ventilation
  • Elevators and Escalators
  • Building Site
  • Electrical
  • Fire Protection

Our goal is to ensure that your property is safe and meets all regulations and requirements. If you'd like to start the process of a PCA for your commercial property inspection, give us a call at 610-727-0555. We provide services in Bucks County, Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Philadelphia.