Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

What is a Home Inspection?
How long does a typical inspection take?
What is covered in your inspection report?
Why do I need a Home Inspection?
Do I need to be present for the Inspection?
What happens if you find a problem with some part of the home?
Will the current owner be present during the inspection process?
Who else receives a copy of the report?
What if I do not understand a particular item in the report or need additional clarification after the inspection?
Can the house fail an inspection?
What if I'm selling my home? Should I consider a pre-sale inspection?

What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is an objective, unbiased visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation, and surrounding property. Having a home inspected is like a physical exam. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation by someone who specializes in that particular area.
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How long does a typical inspection take?

Our Inspections can take between 2 to 3 hours, depending on the size of property, varying components of the property, and conditions of the various components. We will take as much time as needed to give you a complete and accurate report of our findings.
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What is covered in your inspection report?

At the conclusion of our inspection, you will be given a complete report covering:

Why do I need a Home Inspection?

The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as possible about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy to minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. The home inspection also points out the positive aspects of the home, as well as the steps necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a clear understanding of the property you are about to purchase.
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Do I need to be present for the Inspection?

While it's not necessary to accompany the inspector, we very much encourage you to do so. We feel that you will benefit most from being present during the inspection process. Any concerns and questions can be immediately addressed and you will leave with a much better understanding of your new home and confidence that you made the right decision.
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What happens if you find a problem with some part of the home?

No house is perfect. It does not necessarily mean that you should not buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. It is our job to assess the condition and functionality of the systems found in the home. We do not provide repair services, nor can we quote any estimates on the costs of repair or replacement. With the information you receive in the report, you will be able to quickly determine who to call for that particular problem or concern. You are in control of the information received and can decide what you want to do. A seller might adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are noted. If your budget is tight, or if you do not wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely important to you.
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Will the current owner be present during the inspection process?

While we cannot assure that the home will be vacated during the inspection, most times your Realtor will try to arrange a time convenient for all parties. Your real estate professional also wants you to receive a complete and unbiased report.
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Who else receives a copy of the report?

At the conclusion of the inspection, you will receive 3 copies of the report. You decide who you want to get a copy of the report. The information contained in the report becomes your property to do with as you choose.
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What if I do not understand a particular item in the report or need additional clarification after the inspection?

We understand that you will be given a great deal of information about the property inspected. We hope that you will take the time to thoroughly "digest" the information at your convenience. If you have any questions or concerns, we will be available at any time to discuss and clarify any issues you might still have.
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Can the house fail an inspection?

NO! An inspection is a visual examination of the property detailing the current conditions found during the process. The inspection does not "pass" or "fail" a home, but presents you with information and descriptions to use when evaluating your purchase.
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What if I'm selling my home? Should I consider a pre-sale inspection?

By all means! A pre-inspection of your home can alert you to any potential problems that may arise during the sales process. It will allow you to address any areas that may cause delays or lost sales. The pre-inspection will certainly add value to your home, as the potential buyer will know that any concerns have been noted and addressed. We will also (for a reduced fee to the buyer) walk through the home with them, explaining the report and the results. A pre-inspection tells the potential buyer that you are concerned with the condition of the home, reduces "last minute" problems at closing, and speeds the entire process along.
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