Inspection and Evaluation Services

Do I need a building inspection?

Keeping your home or business safe is important! That’s why getting a professional inspection from Schembri Engineers is a smart move. Our inspectors can spot problems early on, saving you money and keeping everyone safe. We offer inspections for all types of buildings, from homes to high-rises. Call us today for peace of mind!

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Our Inspection Services

Standard home or Building Inspection

A limited visual inspection to identify significant deficiencies and/or repairs needed in the major systems (structural, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, roof, interior, interior, and exterior) as well as provide a general understanding of the property. This is a limited inspection based on visible evidence readily available during the inspection (without moving furnishings, removing finishes, etc.) and is the opinion of the engineer performing the inspection. Our inspection is not a guarantee or warranty regarding the condition of this building.

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A Standard Inspection plus invasive testing and/or equipment dis-assembly as approved by client and property owner, in advance, to gather all reasonably available and relevant information about the property. This inspection is specifically not limited to readily available visible evidence and requires invasive testing which may include moving furnishings, removing wall coverings and/or drilling into wall cavities (to check for structural damage, for example) and requires the current owner’s written permission. Our inspection is not a guarantee or warranty regarding the condition of this building.

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An inspection and evaluation that is limited to the following reasonably available and visible structural components :   (This will be determined by the inspecting engineer)  Activities such as probing with instruments, measuring framing members, limited excavation around the foundation and/or determination of squareness, levelness and plumbness may be included in such an evaluation. Unless otherwise recommended or designated in writing, no soils investigation or invasive testing is included. Further, no inspection or evaluation of any other systems such as plumbing, electrical, mechanical, exteriors or interiors is included.  It is not a warranty or guaranty regarding the structural condition of this building.

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Mold Exclusion

This scope of work for this inspection does not include determining the presence of any type of organic substances, i.e. mold, mildew, etc. in the building. If, however, during the structural inspection, we knowingly encounter what appears to be such substances, we will notify you of the presence of these substances without accepting any liability whatsoever for any type of damage or harm caused by the substances. It is your responsibility to determine if further testing and evaluation is required and to retain an independent, qualified professional to perform such tests and evaluations.

You ask, we answer

Some frequently asked questions:

Professionally trained home inspectors assist in maintaining the health of your home and a property inspection makes home maintenance easy by catching minor problems before they become big projects. In just a few hours you’ll have a detailed report of the condition of your home so that you can plan for needed repairs and upgrades when it’s time to make them. When purchasing a home, many homebuyers have saved literally thousands of dollars through information provided by the home inspector. Homeowners who have owned their homes for several years can even benefit from a home inspector’s knowledge of maintenance and repairs, and experience to avert potential problems. In many areas where disasters have occurred, homeowners have relied on inspectors to help them identify any damage resulting from storms, earthquakes, floods, etc. Many independent and nonprofit organizations exist to promote ethical practice and professional standards throughout the home inspection industry.

When buying a new home, new construction home or a pre-owned home, you need an inspection for your peace of mind. Sellers also benefit from home inspections by knowing the condition of their home before listing. They are spared the embarrassment of the buyers home inspector finding major defects with their home that they were not aware of and possibly will hold up the real estate transaction. If your new home still has a home warranty through a builder it is smart to have a home inspection before it expires.

Inspectors have the training, experience and competence that comes with being in the industry and inspecting hundreds of homes. We know what to look for and what to look at. Considering the average home, there are literally hundreds items that should be inspected. While you or someone you may know can examine the home and roughly determine the overall condition of it, inspectors inspect homes daily, each and every week throughout the year and know exactly what to look for in a home. We detect minor/major flaws, defects in workmanship, proper installation and construction parameters and unsafe conditions that the general public would miss.

The industry is full of inspectors who neither have the training, experience or qualifications to qualify as a professional home inspector. A professional knows what to look for and reports the condition to their clients in a detailed report outlining the condition of the home and provides insight to the buyer as to the actual condition of all the items in the home, so the buyer can make an informed buying decision.

A proper home inspection will take account of: Physical structure, Roof, sub roof, gutters/leaders, and downspouts. Overall plumbing and electrical systems, heating and air conditioning systems, appliances, foundations, drainage, septic or sewer systems just to cover a few. Every home is unique and inspected accordingly.

Cost of your inspect depends on the square footage of the subject home and any other related home structures. Optional testing for air quality, water quality, etc. is additional.

Every home is different, the average home is about 2500 square feet, and usually takes around 3 to 4 hours to inspect properly.

A completed inspection report is about 15-25 pages including graphics and based upon the state of the home inspected, the more things found in the home that are deficient, the more the report contains.

Whether or not you decide to provide the Realtor with a copy is up to you. If you want to re-negotiate the purchase based upon the inspection report, then include the Realtor. If you feel that you can handle the re-negotiation yourself, by all means do not include the Realtor. If however, you wish to get the seller to fix or repair an item or just to give you an allowance for it, include the Realtor.

Yes, you should be there at the home inspection.