Trusted Way To Master A Home Inspection

Buying a new home is exciting, but do you really know the condition of a home without a home inspection? One trusted way to master this is to never waive an inspection.

You wouldn’t buy a new car without test driving it. Don’t make the largest investment in you life without a home inspection either! At Sentry Inspection Services, we work for you. Our trusted nationally certified and licensed inspectors provide a standardized, repeatable, and measurable inspection process. We document what we find on the day of your inspection. We step into you shoes during the inspection. If we see something, we say something.


The health and safety of our trusted customers is our top priority. DON’T WAIVE A HOME INSPECTION. Realtors are commission-driven and will do their best to persuade buyers to waive an inspection to win the bidding war, but its not free. The repair costs can be expensive after-the-fact, long after closing. We understand the realtor’s side of it, but we also look out for your financial best interests; moreover…your pending investment.

TRUSTED ADVICE: Remember this movie?…don’t be this couple.

There are many good realtors that look out for your interests in the transaction, but they are not home inspectors. Both realtors and home inspectors are licensed to stay in their swim lane. The good ones always work across those barriers to ensure the transaction goes smoothly. Common sense and cooperation between the buyer, seller, realtors, and inspectors are positive characteristics of absolutely mastering your purchase. Cooperation is free and can be trusted.

What Does A Home Inspector Look At?

Assessing an entire property from head to toe can seem overwhelming, but home inspectors are trained to look for specific red flags and problem areas. Here are some things that home inspectors do look for during an inspection:

  • Physical structures: This includes looking for weak spots in driveways, garage flooring, roofing and attic spaces and determining whether there are foundation issues.
  • Interior structures: When looking at a home’s interior structures, an inspector will usually look for signs of water damage or moisture, in addition to assessing the general condition of the flooring, walls, doors and windows of a home.
  • Major systems: This covers the functionality of how a home will run: things like the water flow of the faucets, cold and hot water output, plumbing, and the age and condition of appliances will be tested during a home inspection.
  • Utilities: As a part of the major systems check, your home inspector will assess and give you a detailed report on the quality of electrical lines in the home as well as the gas service. Depending on the home, the inspector may also complete a well inspection to ensure safe drinking water.

A good home inspector will catch things you might not notice and is able to give you warning about potential problems that may arise. But even the best home inspector doesn’t cover every potential problem within a home.There are some additional inspections that are not FREE, but well worth the price.  Here are some things that home inspectors do not look for during a basic home inspection: 

  • Mold
  • Asbestos
  • Radon gas
  • Lead paint
  • Termite Issues or other pest damage

If you suspect that a home you’re buying or selling may have any of these problems, it’s best to contact Sentry Inspection Services and set up an appointment or consultation with an expert as soon as possible.  

Regardless of whether you’re buying or selling a home, you should never skip the home inspection. The inspection is a crucial step in the home buying process that if missed, could have some serious and expensive repercussions in the future.

Purchasing a home is the biggest investment most buyers make in their lifetime, which is why giving up the valuable information a home inspection provides seems downright silly. If you’re anything like me, you wouldn’t make a small purchase without skimming some reviews first to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. It will help you absolutely master the art of buying a home.

Think of a home inspection as an unbiased product review of your future home. And remember, even if a house looks like it’s in perfect shape, you never know what serious problems could be lurking under the surface.

Sellers, if you’re thinking you can skip out on the home inspection and save a few bucks, think again. Nothing is FREE. Sometimes, minor repairs can be negotiated or waived by a buyer, but major issues found during the inspection or appraisal can stop the transaction in its tracks. It takes two parties to build a trusting relationship. Even if you’re selling, a home inspection can save you time and money. Trust that a home inspector will do a good job.  Sellers can uncover any serious problems and fix them before listing your home to avoid any drawn-out negotiations or low-ball offers. And selling a home that runs smoothly can expedite the sales process down the road.

Sentry Inspection Services, your trusted inspector, and your trusted realtor will provide comprehensive home-buying processes and services.

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