FAQ

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from roof to foundation. It is the equivalent of a physical examination from your doctor. When problems or symptoms of problems are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation or remedies.

What does a home inspection include?

A standard home inspection summarizes findings from a visual inspection of the condition of the subject home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; foundation, basement, complete exteriors, grounds and walks, driveways, and exterior lighting. Simply put, we cover the roof, the basement, and everything in between.

Why do I need a home inspection?

A home inspection summarizes the condition of a property, points out the need for major repairs, and identifies areas that may need attention in the near future. Buyers and sellers depend on an accurate home inspection to maximize their knowledge of the property in order to make intelligent decisions before closing an agreement for sale or purchase.

A home inspection points out the positive aspects of a home as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After an inspection, both parties have a much clearer understanding of the value and needs of the property.

For homeowners, an inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn about preventive measures, which might avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, an inspection prior to placing your home on the market provides a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer’s inspector, and provides you an opportunity to make repairs that will make your home more desirable to potential buyers.

What will it cost?

Inspection fees for a typical single family home vary by geography, size and features of the property, and age of the home. Additionally, services such as septic inspections and radon testing may be warranted depending upon the individual property. We take pride in the quality and diligence of our home inspections. We are not the cheapest but we are the best. Contact us for a price quote.

Can’t I do it myself?

Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. We have the experience, depth of knowledge, and training to make an unbiased and informed report of the condition of a property. We are familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation and maintenance.

We understand how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail. We know what to look for and are uniquely suited to interpret what the findings reveal about the condition of the property.

Most buyers find it difficult to remain objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information about the condition of a home, always obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.

Can a house fail a home inspection?

No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies compliance to local codes and standards. We will not pass or fail a house. A home inspection describes the physical condition of a property and indicates what may need repair or replacement. We give you all the facts you need to make an educated decision about a very significant investment.

When do I call for the appointment?

Before you sign the contract or purchase agreement, make your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated. Contact a home inspector immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. We are aware of the time constraints involved in purchase agreements and are usually available to conduct the required inspection within a few days.

Do I have to be there?

While it is not necessary for you to be present, it is always recommended that you make time to join us for the visit. This allows you to observe, ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain them. After you have seen the property, you will find the written report easier to understand. We encourage you to write down questions before attending so you won’t forget to ask.

What if the report reveals problems?

No house is perfect. When we identify problems, it does not indicate you should not buy the house. Our findings serve to educate you in advance of the purchase about the condition of the property. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are discovered during an inspection. If your budget is tight, or if you do not want to be involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely valuable.

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?

Yes. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence about the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. From the inspection, you will have learned many things about your new home, and will want to keep that information for future reference.