Frequently Asked Questions
Home Inspection Services Questions
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections.
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.
What does the home inspector do?
Home inspector provides an independent review of the property, not influenced by any of the other professions in the transaction A home inspector determines the condition of a structure, whereas an appraiser determines the value of a property.
Can a building fail an inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.
How long does a home inspection take?
Home inspections take between two and three hours for the standard size home. However, for homes above 5,000 square feet, older homes or homes with additions, the inspection may take longer.
We will spend as much time as needed to provide you with a good thorough inspection of your prospective purchase.
How much does a home inspection cost?
Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, compliance with your state’s regulations as a guide.
What if the inspection shows many problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are found. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely important to you.
How much does it cost to have my home inspected?
The cost of a home inspection will vary with the size, age, number of HVAC systems, out buildings, etc. Please see the call or see the inspection fee tab.
Do I need to be at the property during the inspection?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly, as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you’ve seen the property first-hand through the inspector’s eyes.
Are you qualified or certified?
Yes. Member of International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) & International Society of Home Inspectors (ISHI)
Do you inspect new construction?
Why would a new home or building need to be inspected?
Newer homes can have just as many problems as an older home. And, if you are building a home, inspections at key points during construction should be a part of the process.
Even the best and most reputable builders can make mistakes and forget to complete different tasks.
What will happen after inspection is completed?
At the end of an home inspection, speak to the service provider about the findings. If any issues seem complicated, ask to see the specific areas of concern. The service should include a detailed written report delivered within a few days of the inspection. An inspector will likely find some issues, even if they are minor. Make sure the inspector clarifies what’s important to get done versus what would be nice, but not essential, to do.
Do I have to fix everything wrong with the house?
Home inspection report can impact sales price: A home inspection report reveals problems that need to be fixed. You might use this information to renegotiate the price that you originally offered or you may be prepared to adjust your selling price. Keep in mind, sellers aren’t required to fix anything, no matter how egregious the situation.
What does a report include?
The inspection report needs to clearly identify the components and systems of the property observed by the inspector. Report will be given to client within 24 hours of inspection.
- Foundation: Visual inspection of the slab or crawl space
- Roof: Inspection of the roof surface, related vents, shingles, flashings and skylights
- Exterior: Siding, trim, finishes, doors, windows, porches. Balconies, etc
- Overhang & Gutters: Soffitt, fascia, gutters, downspouts
- AC & Heating Systems: Units & related components duct & vent systems, etc
- Plumbing: Water Heater, gas service, visible & accessible feed and sewer lines, valves, fixtures, etc
- Electrical: Panels, visible wiring, switches, outlets, fixtures, etc
- Interior: walls, ceilings, floors etc
- Attic: Framing, Deck, Insulation, Ventilation, etc
- Kitchen: Cabinetry, appliances, etc
- Repairs and maintenance suggestions are included in reports.
- Approximate age and approximate life expectancy of components are also included