Atlantic Homes Partners
508-255-0377    holmes@atlantichomepartners.com   43 South Orleans Rd., Route 28   P.O. Box 2756   Orleans, MA 02653
   
Frequently Asked Questions

Should I have a home inspection prior to purchasing a home?

A home inspection should be completed to determine that you are really buying what you think you are regarding the condition of the property. Just as important, it will give you the opportunity to become better acquainted with your new home.

As a seller, should I have an inspection?

A seller should have a consultation to determine those items in the home that should be considered for replacement, repair, or as a recognized negotiating point with a prospective buyer.

Why do I need to hire a professional?

  • The professional home inspector is trained as a generalist to examine major components of a home and evaluate them based on the expectations of a client.

  • The professional home inspector does an objective examination of the home. He or she is not subject to the stress, excitement and anxiety that may distract the home buyer.

Will my specific questions about the home be addressed?

Yes. Be sure to discuss this with your professional home inspector when you make your appointment so that any special arrangements can be made in advance.

Should I be at the home during the inspection?

Accompanying the inspector on your home inspection is a good way for you to get to know your new home. This allows you to ask specific questions and to get answers. A home inspection generally takes 2 to 3 hours, and Atlantic Home Partners will explain the findings at the conclusion of the inspection.

Can I have the water flow tested?

A water flow analysis can give you additional information about a private well. A flow test will give you information about the well’s flow, pressure and performance.

Can I have the water quality tested?

A basic water analysis is important to have especially for homes with private well water. Using a professional home inspector assures the buyer of properly obtained independent sampling and unbiased results. Atlantic Home Partners uses a licensed laboratory and the results are available within 48 hours.

When will I receive a written report?

In almost all cases, you will receive an emailed report on the same day as the inspection. As applicable, it will include a condition analysis of the:

  • Structure (including any insect damage)
  • Basement and/or crawlspace
  • Heating & cooling systems
  • Plumbing system
  • Bathroom(s)
  • Electrical system
  • Kitchen (including appliances)
  • Attic
  • Interior & exterior walls
  • Windows and doors
  • Roofing
  • Grounds, grading, drainage
    and more.

Can the inspector check for radon?

There are certain EPA protocols that must be followed to test for radon in conjunction with a real estate transaction. Atlantic Home Partners can inform you about radon and can do your radon screening.

What should I do if a problem is found?

Your professional home inspector may find defects which you did not notice when you first viewed your home. Many defects can be easily fixed, or even tolerated as is. Seldom would one of the defects be reason not to buy a home.

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