Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a home inspection?
The main reason to hire a home inspector is to identify defects within specific accessible areas of a home. If issues go unnoticed before the sale goes through, you might pay thousands of dollars to fix them later. A home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of the accessible areas of a property.
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.
Can I attend the inspection?
It is not required for the homebuyer to be present for the inspection. However, I recommend attending so the homebuyer can receive the most value from their inspection. This allows homebuyers to observe and ask questions throughout the process. Many homebuyers find that talking with their inspectors gives them a better understanding of the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
How long does an inspection take?
On average, a single-family home inspection usually takes 2-4 hours to complete, though this is heavily dependent on the size and condition of the home.
What’s included in the home inspection?
My standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing system; electrical system; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; and the foundation, basement and structural components.
What happens if there are problems found during the inspection?
It is important to note that no house is perfect. Every home inspection will identify issues with the property and the inspector will communicate the severity of the issues found. The home inspector’s goal is to leave their clients with a deeper understanding of their prospective home, so the client can make a sound decision as they continue their home buying process.
What is radon?
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. In the simplest terms, it’s deteriorating soil.
How does radon get into your home?
Radon gas becomes trapped indoors after it enters buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation.
What are some of the benefits of a home inspection?
To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, homebuyers should strive to learn as much as they can about the house before they 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. Through the home inspection process, homebuyers will have a better understanding about their prospective house, which will allow them to make decisions with confidence.
How much does a home inspection cost?
On average the cost is around .20 square feet. To get a more accurate cost for your home inspection project, request a quote.
What are some good questions to ask during a home inspection?
What credentials do you have?
What is covered in the home inspection?
What does that mean?
Is this issue major or minor?
How well is the home insulated?
Can you recommend a professional?
How much longer does the roof have?
Are there any drainage issues?
How should I prepare for a home inspection?
Clean and declutter inspection access points. Clean furnace filter. Test functionality of the items a home inspector will check. Take basic safety and security precautions. Make necessary repairs to the property and complete exterior home improvements.
Are you insured?
Yes, I am fully insured.
What is the best way to contact me?
The best way is by phone call or text.
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