Here at HPI, we provide all home inspection clients with a free and very valuable service called RecallChek. During the inspection, we gather information on all appliances with visible data plates and then submit the information to RecallChek to ensure no appliances have any outstanding safety recalls. RecallChek’s appliance database is enormous, and the recall details they possess on appliances is equally impressive, down to the number and types of incidents reported and even the stores, brand names, time period and price ranges an appliance was sold under.

When a vehicle has a recall, the manufacturer goes to great lengths to ensure you know about it. In fact, I’d guess that if you’re reading this you’ve likely received at least a couple or few letters in the mail about vehicle recalls. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with appliances. If you don’t look up appliance recalls, you’ll likely never even know they exist.

The best thing about RecallChek is that if you do have a recalled appliance, the manufacturer is required to do a free in-home repair or replacement. This also alleviates all fear from the seller and buyer since neither has to pay to fix or replace the appliance. But that’s not all… RecallChek is a free lifetime benefit! Your appliances may not have a recall now, but they eventually could at any time in the future. For this reason, RecallChek notifies you immediately in the future if any new recalls develop, and if you purchase a new appliance you can easily add it to your list with RecallChek via a monthly digital newsletter.

Many of our clients have benefited immensely from RecallChek. Several have even received brand new appliances for free! Needless to say, in almost every case those clients have saved more in the value of their repaired or replaced appliance than they had to pay us for their inspection services. Talk about great value and a wise investment!

On average, about one out of every ten houses we inspect has a recalled appliance. That may not seem like many, but it’s actually a fairly high percentage; and as I said before, not having a recalled appliance now doesn’t mean you won’t at some point in the future – especially as your appliances age.

Whether you’re searching for an inspector here in Pennsylvania or another area of the country, be sure to look into what additional services (if any) inspectors offer. Free services like RecallChek cost nothing but give you peace of mind and amazing protection.

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Author: hillinspections

I am a Certified Master Inspector (CMI) and the owner and operator of Hill Property Inspections LLC, the top-rated inspection company in the greater Johnstown, PA area, based out of western Pennsylvania. I specialize in property inspections and environmental testing services and have a passion for helping my own clients and other families in learning to properly maintain their homes. I’m also the owner of Hill Pest Control, LLC and a pest management professional committed to helping our clients rid their homes and businesses of unwanted pests. I am an Army veteran, former State Farm Insurance Agent, and real estate investor with experience in all facets of real estate construction, transaction and insurance. I am also the founder and President of the Southwestern PA Chapter of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and an affiliate member of the Cambria-Somerset Association of Realtors (CSAR).

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