Frequently Asked Questions
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of all the accessible systems and structural elements of a home. Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would affect a purchasers buying decision.
Why do I need a home inspection?
A home is typically the largest purchase most people will ever make. It makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy. This allows you to avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. A professional inspection will give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property.
If you are selling your home a listing inspection will point out any potential problems that may be uncovered later by the buyer’s inspector. Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.
What does a home inspection include?
Our standard inspection report covers all major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the home’s heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible and accessible structures. For a complete listing of components covered click here.
Do I need to be present for the inspection?
No, you are not required to be there but you are welcome to be present. It is recommended that you are there to review potential problems or areas of specific concern. Many of our clients find it beneficial to attend the last portion of the inspection.
How long will the inspection take?
The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 2-3 hours is common. However, larger homes or those in poor condition may take longer.
What if the inspection uncovers problems?
No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any problems uncovered by the inspection affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems before you buy gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.
If we are performing a listing inspection and we do uncover problems, the decision then rests with you to make the repairs or not. If you do decide to perform repairs we can perform a follow up inspection for a minimal charge. If the repairs are done satisfactorily a new “clean” report will be issued as a replacement to the original.
Why can’t I do the inspection myself?
Even if you are familiar with home construction, you still may not have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional home inspector. We are not only familiar with all of the systems of the home, how they work and how they need to be maintained, but we also know how to assess if the unit or system is likely to fail. However, beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party. If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it is impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may cloud your judgment. The professional inspector will provide an objective outside reporting of the facts.
Will the inspector fix problems identified during the inspection?
No. The Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) prohibit a home inspector from doing repairs on properties they inspect. This assures there will never be a conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home. To view the standards in PDF format click the following links:
National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) Standards of Practice
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