What You Should Know About the Different Types of Home Inspections in Atlanta

September 21, 2020


When people hear “home inspection”, their minds generally think of the home buying process, finding out about the house they're about to buy. But did you know that there are actually several different types of home inspections? Since you now know, you might be wondering, “Well what are they? Which one do I need? Which one is best?” Don’t worry, we’re going to answer your questions and hopefully we can all learn more about home inspections in the process. Since The Buyer’s Inspection is the most common and the one most are more familiar with, we will go over it last. The 4 types of home inspections that we want to discuss today are: pre-listing, new construction, maintenance, and the buyer’s inspection.


Pre-listing Inspection

This is the seller’s inspection, usually ordered before putting their house on the market. Think about it, wouldn’t it be nice to know the problem areas of your home or what isn’t up to code so that you can make the necessary adjustments and repairs before listing your house? For many, it allows them to list their house at a higher price, and can be more appealing to buyers which could make for a faster selling process. Additionally, there are few things in the real estate process as frustrating as having a buyer under contract and it falls through because of a home inspection. Most of the time, this can be avoided by a pre-listing inspection. Now, many people don’t think it’s worth the money because the buyer is going to order one as well, so it’s really up to the seller and their particular situation. However, we think they’re a good choice- read more about our opinion here. 


11th Month Inspection

This inspection, ordered by the homeowner of a newly-constructed house is also referred to as the 11-month or one year inspection because it should be scheduled near the end of their first year builder warranty period. It will help to identify any deficiencies that may be covered under the builder’s warranty. That warranty usually covers workmanship. This inspection is the homeowner’s final opportunity to identify, document, and inform the builder of what is in need of repair or replacement. 


Maintenance (Annual Home Maintenance) Inspection

This is typically ordered by homeowners who have lived in their house a long time and/or they haven’t had their home inspected since the buyer’s inspection when they purchased the home. The purpose is to check that all structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems are functioning as intended. Think of it like your annual physical at the doctor’s office. Just like with your own health, you may notice bigger issues on your own, but a doctor (or an inspector) will be able to catch the less noticeable signs of a potentially big issue. 

At Jones Warren, we offer an annual home maintenance inspection plan (starting at only $199) in which we check the following:

  • Roof shingles, flashing, pipe boots, chimney 

  • Siding, brick, caulking, paint

  • Fascia, soffit and gutters

  • Deck, porch

  • Plumbing leaks

  • Visual window inspection

  • Garage and exterior doors

  • Foundation

  • GFCI & Electrical panel

  • and more...

This is particularly helpful and important for those who live in older homes or who have had issues in the past that could use an annual checkup to catch any future problems. 


The Buyer’s Inspection

This is the most common inspection since it’s ordered by a potential buyer when a house is under contract. A wise person won’t buy a house without a thorough inspection. Your Jones Warren inspector will check for the following: 

  • Major defects and/or structural failure

  • Issues that may lead to major defects

  • Anything that may hinder your ability to get insurance

  • General safety hazards

  • Other issues the buyer needs to know about 

It’s important to note that mold and radon testing are not generally included in a buyer’s inspection, but can be purchased additionally. Also, know that no home is perfect, not even a brand new one. Your Jones Warren inspector should talk you through what is concerning and could be extremely dangerous, and what is fairly common and is just there as an observation. Once a buyer has the inspection report, negotiations can begin or the contract can be cancelled (pending contingencies).


Additional Resources

  • Our Standard of Practice as provided by the American Society of Home Inspectors

  • Sample Report- what you can expect

  • COVID-19 Protocols


No matter which of the home inspections you need, Jones Warren Home Inspection Services in Atlanta can work with you! Contact us today! 


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