Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What will the inspection cover?
A: A thorough Inspection covers everything from roof to the foundation.
Items that are included in the Inspection are as follows:
* Roof & Flashings
* Retaining Walls
* Siding & Trim
* Driveways & Walks
Q: How long will the Inspection take?
A: Most Inspections take 3-4 hours of actual inspection time. These times will vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home. Larger homes will take even longer.
Q: Should I be present during the Inspection?
A: It is not necessary for you to be present, although you certainly are welcome to be there. Many choose to come near the end of the Inspection so they don't have to stand around for hours.
Q: Why use our Services?
A: The purchase of a home is one of the single most costly investments that a family will make. Along with the extra stresses this will add, there is also the fear factor of, "Will This Home Stand The Test of Time?" It is also important to know what YOU, as the primary investor, are getting for your money. You need a highly trained and experienced home inspector.
A home inspection is an excellent tool for you, the home buyer, to help determine not only the condition of the home, but to also help foresee any immediate unnecessary additional cost that may go unnoticed without the help of a home inspection. Home inspections are not a prediction of future performance, but can pinpoint existing problem areas.
Q: Why can't I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?
A: This is the biggest mistake many home buyers make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other. Professional inspectors get what we call an inspector's instinct for problems. That instinct takes extensive training and lots of experience doing inspections to develop. Most contractors, and other trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.
Q: What if I have questions after the inspection?
A: You can call me and discuss all the aspects of your new home whenever you like. My service is a long-term investment.
Q: How do I choose a Home Inspector?
A: Ask these questions:
1. Are you a full time home inspector? If not, look elsewhere.
2. How long have you been a full time inspector? Look for an inspector with at least several years of experience.
3. How many inspections have you performed? Look for someone with at least 500 inspections. The more the better. Experience really does count. I have personally performed over 2000 inspections.
4. Are you ICC Code certified? Yes is the only acceptable answer. If the inspector is not ICC Code Certified, what criterial will he use to inspect the home? He will not know if the home meets the strict requirements of the building code in effect at the time of construction.
5. Are you ASHI Certified or GAHI Certified? Most good inspectors will have at least one of these certifications.
6. What type of report do you provide? Is it just a checklist report or a detailed narrative report? A full narrative report is best.
7. Do you provide computer generated reports the same day as the inspection? This has become the industry standard.
8. How much will the inspection cost? Beware of the low cost inspection. You get what you pay for. Expect to pay $300 or more depending on the size of the house. Choosing the lowest price will be a mistake.
You must feel that the inspector is qualified, experienced and attentive of your needs.