Frequently Asked Home Owner Inspection Questions
What does a Home Inspector do?
As inspectors, we provide our customers with a detailed, unbiased evaluation of the house from the foundation to the roof. It is very easy for you, the buyer, to overlook a potentially expensive problem during the excitement of buying and making plans to move in.Thus the need for a qualified inspector to evaluate the structure, electrical and mechanical systems. Items that need replacement or repair will be noted. The estimated life of mechanical systems will be noted as well as the estimated average replacement cost. I also note the good features of the house . We give our customers tips on maintenance that can increase the life of the items in the house.
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.
What is a phase inspection?
A phase inspection is an inspection on the home during the construction process from the time the foundation is framed until the construction process if complete.
How long will my inspection take?
Generally, an inspection will take about an hour per 1000 sq ft.
Should I be present during the inspection?
No, however we encourage you to be at the property for a thorough understanding of your inspection. We highly recommend to at least be present the last 30 minutes!
What is the most used or costly appliance in the home?
The Central Heating and Air systems. Swimming pools come at a close second.
What if I have questions after the inspection?
Our service is not over after we give you the report. Please call us about any questions and concerns you may have about your new home.
What is included in the inspection?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.
Do you test for mold?
We do a visual inspection of the property. If we see signs of anything that looks like mold we refer you to a specialist for further investigation and or testing.
I found someone cheaper can you guys match price?
Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain.
Should I have a Home Inspection before buying?
It is to your advantage to learn as much about the condition of the house, town house or condominium before the purchase. A qualified home inspector is trained to assess the overall condition of the house and provide you with a detailed report pointing out the positive aspects of the dwelling, as well as the needed corrections.
Would it benefit a seller to have a home inspection?
A professional home inspection is valuable to home sellers as well. By getting an inspection done before a seller puts their home on the market, the seller can be better prepared to address and correct items themselves that could bring more profit to the sale of their home. Once a home is under contract all repairs must be done by a licensed professional.
Do I get a written report on the condition of the house?
Yes, we will provide you, the customer, with a computer generated report detailing everything inspected. Remember, the inspector is working for you, so don’t hesitate to ask questions. A good inspector will be happy to address them.
Is a Home Inspection and an Appraisal the same thing?
No, a home inspection evaluates the condition of the structure and systems within that structure. An appraisal determines the fair market value of the structure based on size, location, and recent sales of like structures in a geographical area.