Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions 2018-04-19T10:12:39+00:00

Below are some the most frequently asked questions.

Q. Who needs a home inspection? 2015-04-30T05:21:54+00:00

A. Buyers and sellers.  If you’re buying a home, pre-owned or new, an inspection tells you the condition of the property.  That way, there are no surprises after you already own the home.

If you purchased a new home and it still has a warranty from the builder, it’s a good idea to have a home inspection before it expires. It’s a rare case that even a new home doesn’t have some problems that were overlooked by the builder.  Those repairs or corrections easily exceed the cost of an inspection.  If you catch them prior to warranty expiration, your warranty should cover them.

Sellers benefit by knowing the condition of their home before they place it on the market. Then, any needed repairs can be made prior to listing.  A sellers inspection can also be used as a comparison to what the buyer’s inspector finds.

Q. Why can’t I do the inspection myself? 2015-05-05T16:52:21+00:00

A.  Chances are that even if you are very familiar with home construction, you still don’t have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional Home Inspector. We’re not only familiar with all the systems of a home-and how they work and need to be maintained-but we also know what to look for to determine if they’re about to fail.  Also consider this-when you are involved in buying or selling a house, it’s impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may cloud your judgment. Your professional inspector will provide an objective, unbiased view of the property.

Q. How long does an inspection take? 2015-05-05T16:53:14+00:00

A. Anywhere from three to five hours depending on the condition of the property, the number of services you’ve requested and the size of the home.

Q. What type of report do I receive? 2015-05-05T16:53:24+00:00

A. You’ll receive your report onsite after the inspection is completed.  It’s a narrative style report so there are no confusing checkboxes to interpret.  I provide digital photos of any areas that need extra clarification and I include them in the report.  Every item I inspect on the property is addressed in the report.

We also provide your report online 24/7 for your convenience.  You’ll be able to access it from anywhere, anytime.  All you need is a computer connected to the internet.  Your online report is password protected for your security.

Q. Should my Realtor receive a copy of your report? 2015-05-05T16:53:33+00:00

A. Yes. Your realtor can assist you in determining if any items in the report are significant enough to warrant re-negotiation with the seller.  Having your realtor review the report also insures that you both are “on the same page” at the closing.

Q. Should I be present for the home inspection? 2015-05-05T16:53:41+00:00

A. Yes, we encourage you to plan to attend the entire inspection.  There are always items in the inspection that can best be explained on-site.  We will include them in the report of course, but your presence at the property always makes it easier for you to understand important information about the property.

Q. Are you available to answer questions about the property or report after I close and move into the home? 2015-05-05T16:53:50+00:00

A.  Yes, we will be happy to assist you any way we can in clarifying the information we present in the report.  Even after you’ve moved in and settled down to enjoy your new home.  We’re always available to you, for as long as you own the home, to offer unbiased advice and recommendations.

Q. Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection? 2015-05-05T16:53:59+00:00

A.  Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is important. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct.  It’s especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished.  We may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or not done quality work.

Q. Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection? 2015-05-05T16:54:06+00:00

A.  No. The code of ethics of The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) prohibits its members from soliciting repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest on the part of the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective report on the condition of the home.