1st Choice Home Inspections offers Buyer’s Home Inspections in the Knoxville and Nashville markets. Before you buy your next home, let us inspect it!

Home Characteristics

“Every house has unique characteristics, just like the people who buy them.”

When people set out to purchase a new home, they search for the one that looks good and feels right from the moment they walk in the door. They want to feel at home and they “just know” when they have found the right one.

Sometimes looks and feelings can be deceiving. Don’t let the joy of moving into a new home be undermined by faulty wiring, poor plumbing, or an underperforming HVAC unit.

The goal of a good Buyer’s Home Inspection is to identify any current visible problems so you can make an informed decision.

1st Choice Home Inspections wants to be the company you trust to help you protect your number one investment.

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Professional Guidelines

State of Tennessee’s Standards of Practice

Choosing the right home inspector is as important as choosing the right house. Why? Because choosing the wrong inspection service could lead to buying the wrong house.

Methods of inspecting a home vary from home inspector to home inspector, but the goal of a good one is to find any current, visible, problems with a home and provide you with the information before you make a purchase.

As licensed home inspection professionals, 1st Choice Home Inspections follows the professional guidelines set forth by the State of Tennessee’s Standards of Practice. In addition, we have adopted InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice, so you can rest assured knowing that your inspection will be done to the highest standards in the industry.

Where there is a difference in standards, we always abide by the State of Tennessee’s Standards of Practice, which supersedes all other standards.

When you hire 1st Choice Home Inspections to do your buyer’s home inspection, you are getting experienced, trained, and honest professionals to help you make the decision about your new home purchase.

After all, you not only want it to feel right when you walk in the door, you want it to be right.

Buyer’s Home Inspection Fees

How much does a buyer’s home inspection cost?

The fee for a buyer’s home inspection is based mainly on two criteria: the location of the house and the square footage. Below are the base fees for the Knoxville Area (Zone 1):

0-1000 square feet – $450.00
1001 – 2000 square feet – 475.00
2001 – 3000 square feet – $500.00

The inspection fee increases just $50.00 per every 1,000 square feet above 3,000. Prices also increase the farther from downtown Knoxville we are required to drive. Please give us a call for an exact price quote.

Buyer’s Home Inspection Check List

The following list provides a general guideline of what a buyer’s home inspection entails. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list, it is general. Not every home is the same and every home inspection will vary depending on the age of the house, size, and other variables.

  • House siding
  • Exterior electric outlets
  • Types and conditions of any walkways, porches, patios, decks, and driveways
  • Types and conditions of the siding, doors, windows, gutters, and downspouts
  • Grading around the home
  • Window Wells
  • Water spigots
  • Roof covering, siding, and trim
  • Garage doors and springs, automatic garage door opener, if any
  • Electrical
  • Type and condition of the floor
  • Roof material – type, approximate age, number of layers and condition
  • Vents – type
  • Roof flashing – type and condition
  • Plumbing vents – type and condition
  • Valleys – type and condition
  • Skylights – the number and condition

NOTE: Exterior roof inspection may be limited to a visual inspection from the ground or a ladder due to one or more of the following conditions: excessive height; weather conditions; rain; snow; ice; or other unsafe conditions.

  • Type, condition, flue type
  • Supply and waste lines – type, location, and condition
  • Water heater – age, brand, size, condition
  • Service entrance location
  • Service panel – the type of breakers, amps, volts, apparent problems
  • Branch wiring and sheathing
  • Type, age, condition, fuel type, operation
  • Distribution type
  • Venting of appliance
  • Filter
  • Type, age, condition, operation
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Water pressure
  • Drainage
  • Doors, windows, walls, ceiling, floor
  • Electrical outlets
  • Venting
  • Closets
  • Doors, windows, walls, ceiling, floor
  • Electrical outlets
  • Closets
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Water pressure
  • Drainage
  • Appliances
  • Cabinets and countertops
  • Doors, windows, walls, ceiling, floor
  • Electrical outlets
  • Venting
  • Closets
  • Foundation – type, and condition
  • Moisture Intrusion
  • Flooring – type and condition
  • Beams, posts, supports – type and condition
  • Drainage