The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

The International Codes, or I-Codes, published by ICC, provide minimum safeguards for people at home, at school and in the workplace. The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention codes. Building codes benefit public safety and support the industry’s need for one set of codes without regional limitations.

Fifty states and the District of Columbia have adopted the I-Codes at the state or jurisdictional level. Federal agencies including the Architect of the Capitol, General Services Administration, National Park Service, Department of State, U.S. Forest Service and the Veterans Administration also enforce the I-Codes. The Department of Defense references the International Building Code for constructing military facilities, including those that house U.S. troops around the world and at home. Amtrak uses the International Green Construction Code for new and extensively renovated sites and structures. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands enforce one or more of the I-Codes.

A thorough non-invasive examination of a prospective property can give the potential buyer/seller or adjuster another tool to make a more informed decision in regards to the sale/purchase or even warranty claims.

 

A home inspection can be used as a fast-track selling tool. Getting a home inspected before it's listed, puts the cost on the seller or listing agent, but also can provide a written report on the pre-sale condition of the property. It can also uncover conditions or situations that might compromise a sale.

Pre-listing inspections performed for the seller have become more common, as a way to move the sale process along. When the real estate market is strong for sellers, it's more common that buyers purchase the home inspection to make sure there aren’t any surprise defects and to substantiate the purchase price.

In weaker sales markets, when there are more properties available or fewer buyers, the buyer will sometimes use the inspection to verify condition and negotiate the price down to cover repair and improvement costs.

Pre-listing inspections have other benefits;

  • They help the seller decide what areas to work on to improve the home's appeal.
  • They help the agent set the seller's price expectation and can be used to substantiate a higher asking price.
  • Agents will have fewer issues to negotiate at the 11th hour, and buyers may even waive hiring their own inspection.

By having a pre-listing inspection conducted, sellers can choose who does the inspection and they can offer more information about the home's condition, maintenance and other factors. They can also make sure they have enough time to take care of any necessary repairs or improvements.

A pre-listing inspection may ease some of the stress buyers face, but it's recommended that buyers eventually hire their own inspector, to be sure they have someone who is hired to look out for their concerns.

 

Services Offered


Home Buyers Inspection

Buyers inspections are the most common type of inspection in the United States. The persons purchasing the property hire an inspector to help identify major defects and other problems so they can make an informed decision about the building's condition and the expense of related repairs.


Home Sellers Inspection

A homeowner who is selling their house hires an inspector to identify problems with their house. The seller can elect to share the report with any potential buyers or to make any necessary repairs so the house is known to be in good condition encouraging a quick sale. Some home inspectors offer a declaration which helps market a house as "Move-In-Ready", that is the house is in a condition where the new owners can promptly move in without making substantial repairs.

 


Foreclosure Inspections

Foreclosure inspections are often referred to as REO (Real Estate Owned) inspections. Professional home inspectors are qualified to do these, but there are other inspectors that also do only minimal foreclosure inspections: Certified Field Inspectors and the Certified Property Preservation Specialist. These inspectors may or may not be qualified to do state licensed home inspections.


Pre-Delivery Inspection

The Pre-Delivery inspection, which generally applies to newly built homes, is a real estate term that means the buyer has the option (or requirement, depending upon how the real estate contract is written) to inspect the property prior to closing or settlement. These inspections generally take place up to a week before a closing, and they generally allow buyers the first opportunity to inspect their new home. Additionally, the inspection is to ensure that all terms of the contract have been met, that the home is substantially completed, and that major items are in working order.

Along with a representative of the builder (generally the construction supervisor or foreman), the buyers may be accompanied by a home inspector of their choice. Any noted defects are added to a punch list for completion prior to closing. Often a second inspection is conducted to ensure that the defects have been corrected.

Many local governments within the United States and Canada require that new-home builders provide a home warranty for a limited period, and this typically results in home builders conducting a Pre-Delivery inspection with the buyer.

In a resale situation, this type of inspection is often termed the final walk-through, and, based on the contract's provisions, it allows the buyer the opportunity to inspect the home prior to closing to ensure that agreed-upon repairs or improvements have been completed.

A better inspection for a newly built home is to inspect the home during the stages it is being constructed. The typical inspection stages include: foundation pour, structure, pre-drywall, insulation, and final. Important issues such as structural support, duct routing, and plumbing can not be completely inspected after the drywall or attic insulation is installed, however these inspections are usually performed by the local governing authority and are not offered within the city limits of Williston.


Eleventh Month Inspection

In the United States, some states require a builder to warranty a new house for one year. An 11th month inspection is an inspection of the new home before the warranty ends to discover any defects requiring warranty service. This is very important particularly in Williston due to the number of out of state contractors. While most of these contractors are reputable some are not. This inspection provides documentation of defects that the contractor may be held liable for depending on your contract. The outside looking in point of view also may identify deficiencies that you were unaware of and possibly give you a means of remediation before your warranty expires.

 


Meet Richard

With several ICC certifications and certified by InterNACHI combined with years of in the trenches experience, you can expect insightful reporting with technical specification all bundled in reports that are both comprehensive yet understandable even to the non-professional. Richard is licensed in the State of North Dakota and can be found on the Secetary of State's website here. He is also Insured with an errors and omissions policy giving you piece of mind. Richard has years of experience in both residential and commercial construction, giving him a insiders view of construction and inspection. He lives here in Williston with his wife of 15 years and his four young children. Richard is constantly improving his skills with continuing education and seeking to further his base of knowledge through certification and experience. Richards' current ICC certifications and their expiration dates can be found here, his InterNACHI certifications can be found here. He hopes to bring to the community an outstanding service for years to come.