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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some common questions you may have involving home inspections. Simply click on the question that interests you and the answer will appear. If you have any additional questions not listed here, please feel free to contact us.

If you are buying a car, you take it to a mechanic to get it checked out first. If you are spending 5-50x that on a house you want to get it checked out by a professional. A Home Inspection is a visual inspection of the homes structure and mechanicals to make sure you know what you are buying. You want to be aware of any costly repairs lurking in the shadows or have the peace of mind that everything is good.

You can expect an inspection to take 2.5 to 5 hrs. depending upon the size of the home and the services requested. If someone tells you their inspection is less than 2.5 hrs. that is a red flag that they are not thorough enough to adequately evaluate the condition of the home. It takes time to crawl on roofs and into attics and to open service panels on HVAC systems and electric boxes. Also, looking at every square inch of the structure takes time.

NO! A professional home inspection is an examination of the condition of the home on the day it is inspected. A home inspection is not an appraisal, which determines market value. Nor is it an inspection for code violations.

The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and possible optional services such as radon testing.

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 lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, compliance with your state’s regulations to help in deciding who is best for you.

So, call today for an estimate!

It is not necessary, but it is recommended that you or your agent attend the inspection or at least be present the end. That way the inspector can go over the report and answer any questions you may have about the home and the report. Walking with the inspector you will learn and start to understand what the home is about and how it works.

After you sign an inspection agreement you will be invoiced and are able to pay online. Or, you can pay at the site with point of sale payment, if necessary, prior to inspection.

Yes, you get an online report emailed to you. You may also request a paper version if you like. It is yours to keep and show to whomever you like.

Keep in mind, the Inspection report is performed and prepared for the sole and exclusive use and possession of the client. No other person or entity may rely on the report issued pursuant to the agreement.

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Whether you are working through an agent or taking on that challenge of buying a home on your own, you will also want the expertise and experience of a professional Home Inspector.