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Nashville Home Inspection

Home Inspection Services

electrical inspectionWhen you hire HIMT, you are hiring the most highly trained and experienced professionals in the business. I have two major priorities in serving my clients — evaluation and education. Whether you are a home buyer, seller or exisfting owner, a comprehensive home inspection will provide the valuable information you need to make an informed decision. And at HIMT, our mission is to provide "Better Information for Better Decisions." 

HIMT offers a wide range of inspection services including the following:

Pre-Purchase Inspections

Buying a home is probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make. And it’s a decision that will affect you for years to come. The process can be extremely stressful and confusing. And of course, there is always considerable risk involved when making such a large purchase decision. A professional home inspection will significantly reduce your risk and help make the entire home buying process easier and less stressful. At HIMT, we really enjoy helping our clients in this process and providing critical information and superior customer service are our highest priorities.

A pre-purchase inspection is performed before the purchase of a property. It is usually completed after a formal offer is made. You should make sure that a pre-purchase contingency is in the sales contract. A pre-purchase inspection will reduce the risk of costly surprises and help in budgeting future costs associated with maintaining the home. The ultimate benefit of a pre-purchase inspection is that you will have a sound basis on which to make an informed decision regarding your investment in the home.

We encourage our clients to accompany us during the inspection. You should feel free to ask any questions you may have during the inspection process. The inspector will point out problems and explain them to you. Plus, we will provide routine maintenance tips needed to keep the house in top condition. This will help you to get the most benefit from the inspection and gain the best understanding of the systems that make up your home and how to maintain it.

After the inspection is completed, you’ll receive a comprehensive report that is easy to understand. All critical information identified during the inspection will be included in the report. Armed with the information provided in our report, you can make your decision with confidence.

HIMT home inspections include a visual inspection of the following:

Foundation walls
Beams, columns, floor joists
Roof surface condition
Automatic opener safety test
Garage doors
Grading and foundation drainage
Walks, driveways and patios
Stoops, porches and decks
Stairs and handrails
Exterior walls, soffits, fascia and trim
Gutters and downspouts
Functional flow and water pressure
Water heaters
Kitchen and bathroom fixtures
Sump pumps
Gas lines
Furnace and AC condition and operation
Heat and Air distribution
HVAC filters
Flues and vents
Safety features
Service lines
Distribution panel wiring
Grounding system
Bonding System
Visible wiring
GFCI testing
AFCI testing
Windows and doors
Walls, ceilings and floors
Outlets, lights, ceiling fans
Stairways and handrails
Rafters and trusses

Call (615) 662-8199 or email us at for an appointment.

Pre-Listing Inspections

Whether you are selling your own home or using a realtor, it is a good idea to have a professional home inspection before you place the home on the market. Knowledge is power. All homes have strengths and weaknesses; we give you the information to help you decide how serious the problems are, which ones must be immediately addressed and which ones can wait. The home inspection process can also help you identify the positive items about your home so you can highlight them in your marketing materials. The more you know about your home, the more prepared you will be for the negotiation process. A quality home inspection can actually help with the sale of a house and reduce the risk associated with a buyer’s home inspection. A pre-listing inspection lets buyers know that the sellers are committed to selling the home and are sincere in their efforts to present their home’s condition fairly and accurately. 

The Home Inspection Process for Sellers

The home inspection process is a great cause of concern for many sellers. The main reason is fear of the unknown. What will the inspector find?  Will the items found by the inspector be reasonable? These concerns are understandable. When a buyer has a home inspected, it is after the contract has been negotiated and all of the defects of the house were supposed to be listed in the Seller’s Disclosure form. Therefore, based on the results of the buyer’s inspection, there are several actions the buyer can take. The buyer can . . .

  • Request that the seller correct the problems.
  • Request that the seller provide funding so the buyer can correct the problem after closing.
  • Terminate the contract without forfeiture of their earnest money.

Had the results of a pre-listing home inspection been presented prior to the signing of the contract . . . 

  • Buyers would be unable to use the inspection as an excuse to get out of the contract
  • Renegotiations after the home inspection should be minimal.
  • Buyers would not be alarmed by undisclosed conditions of the house.
  • The sellers would have time on their side. They can get several quotes for repairing any defects found. The sellers have the opportunity to make adjustments to the selling price or repairs can be made on the seller’s terms and not the terms of the buyer or available contractors due to time constraints.

Above all, a Pre-Listing Inspection is the ultimate gesture of full disclosure. It will help protect and assist the seller through the process of selling the home and is the best way to minimize the number of contingencies in the sales contract.

Using the Pre-Listing Inspection as a Sales Tool

When you have your home inspected by HIMT, your inspection report is confidential to you as the client. It is stored in a secure web server where it can be privately viewed or shared with anyone you choose. You will have the ability to provide potential buyers, agents, contractors or whomever you wish instant access to your report on the web by providing a user name and password. With Pre-Listing Inspections, you can also have the home inspector return to review and note any repairs you have made. Repairs can be photographed and documented and incorporated into the original report showing before and after comparisons. This revised report can become part of your sales and marketing efforts. You can even create a direct link from your marketing website allowing potential buyers to go directly to the inspection report. This has proven to be a great sales tool for FSBO sellers as well as sellers working with agents.

Call (615) 662-8199 or email us at to schedule an appointment.

New Construction Inspections

The Middle Tennessee area continues to experience record growth in new home construction. If you are purchasing a brand new home, here are some of the reasons you should have the home inspected.

The building process is complex.
There are a large number of uncertainties when building a home. Was there adequate supervision and quality control?  Was there enough money in the budget to buy proper materials or hire the best contractors?  Did one subcontractor’s work unintentionally compromise another’s?  For these and other reasons, mistakes happen.

Municipal inspections are less reliable.
The volume of work given to municipal building departments does not allow for adequate time at the building site. A private inspection firm has the liberty to thoroughly inspect each aspect of the home. Many times municipal inspectors spend less than an hour on the job site during the entire building process. HIMT averages 2.5 to 3.5 hours.

Defects can be seen before they’re concealed.
If you hire us before the drywall is installed, we are able to view systems concealed by walls and ceilings, including plumbing, electrical, and structural components.

Builders often fix what we find.
If defects are found early enough, there’s a higher likelihood that the builder will correct them.

One-Year Warranty Inspections

Most builders provide a one-year warranty for new construction. During the first year of home ownership, the buyer generally develops a "punch list" of items for the builder to repair under the warranty coverage. Some defects will not be obvious to the untrained eye so it is prudent to retain a home inspector to help you prepare a thorough list of items to submit to the builder while the home is under warranty and the repairs are the responsibility of the builder. 

Call (615) 662-8199 or email us at schedule an appointment.

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