A Property Inspection by an InterNACHI Middle East member:
- Is performed to a Standards of Practice
- Is performed by an inspector who adheres to a code of ethics
- Is performed by a neutral third party
- Produces a quality written report
What is included in a Property Inspection?
Local Building Codes act as minimum guidelines in describing what must be inspected, and what an inspector is not required to inspect. Most InterNACHI Middle East members exceed the guidelines. Ask your InterNACHI Middle East inspector for more information about what they offer. Inspections typically include the following basics:
- Exterior, including the walkways, wall-covering materials, exterior trim, window and doors exteriors, and exterior lighting.
- Roof, including the roof-covering material, flashing, and the roof drainage system.
- Interior, including the floors, walls, ceilings, bathroom components, kitchen components, door and window interiors, and interior lighting fixtures.
- Structure, including all visible components of the basic property structure.
- Property cooling systems
- Water distribution systems
- Electrical distribution systems
- Fire Safety systems
Why have a property inspected?
Having a property inspected before you buy will save you money. Even though disclosure laws may require property sellers to disclose defective conditions, a seller cannot disclose problems that they don’t know exist. There are no perfect properties and serious problems are not always obvious, so it is important for buyers to understand the actual condition of a property before they buy. Having a property inspected allows the buyer to negotiate with the seller for a price reduction or to have defects corrected by the seller.
How much does a Property Inspection cost?
InterNACHI Middle East members are in business for themselves and are free to establish their own prices. Almost all inspections result in the client saving more than the cost of the inspection.
BE ADVISED. Property Inspection is an area in which shopping by price is a big mistake. Inexperienced, poorly-qualified inspectors get work by lowering prices. Hiring a cheap property inspector can actually cost property buyers a lot of money because these inspectors will miss defective conditions that the buyer will have to pay to correct.
How long is an inspection report?
The length of inspection reports will vary with the size and condition of the property inspected. Larger properties with many defects will result in longer reports. Report length is also affected by the type of reporting system used by individual inspectors. InterNACHI Middle East members are free to choose any reporting system they want. Most reports are computer-generated.
Who needs a property inspected?
- Buyers should always have a property inspected while there is still time to negotiate.
- Sellers and their estate agents can use an inspection report as a sales tool.
- Investors should understand the actual condition of the property before they invest.