1.WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.
2.HOW LONG WILL THE HOME INSPECTION TAKE?
A standard home inspection takes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. The older, larger and more complex homes take longer than a small condominium.
3.DO I HAVE ATTEND THE HOME INSPECTION?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
4.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.
5.HOW MUCH DOES A HOME INSPECTION COST?
Pricing for a standard home inspection will vary, depending on the age, size and type of home. We offer competitive pricing. Fees start at $200 & up. Please call us for a quote!
6.HOW DO I PAY FOR THE HOME INSPECTION?
We accept cash, check, or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express). If you are unable to attend the inspection, you will need to give us a credit card number over the phone. Payment is due after completion of the physical inspection.
7.WHEN DO I RECEIVE MY HOME INSPECTION REPORT?
A detailed and comprehensive Home Inspection Report will be emailed to you usually within 24 hours after completion of the physical inspection. The inspector will notify the buyer and team if longer wait time is expected.
8.WHAT IF THE REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs or lower the sales price or provide a credit for the buyer to make repairs.
8.CAN A HOUSE FAIL A HOME 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 major repair, maintenance or replacement.
8.WHAT IF I NEED THE INSPECTOR TO COME BACK TO INSPECT REPAIRS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE?
We offer a re-inspection after each inspection that is performed. The inspector will have a copy of the original report and will verify that all requested repairs have been made properly. We will also issue another report based on our findings of the re-inspection. However, there is an additional charge for this inspection. Please call us in advance to schedule a re-inspection.
8.WHY CAN’T I PERFORM THE HOME INSPECTION MYSELF?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.
Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.