What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a VISUAL analysis of the physical systems in the home from the foundation to the roof. Our job is to objectively describe the house and the condition of the house. We do not pass or fail a house. We identify safety issues and components that may need repair or replacement.
How long does a home inspection take?
A home inspection typically takes between 2 and 3 hours with most in the 2.5 hour range. However, for larger homes or homes that are older, it can take longer.
Should I be available for the home inspection?
That is your decision, but we encourage you to be available so we can answer first hand, any questions that you may have, in person. We feel you will benefit from the first hand knowledge that we can provide on the house and an explanation of the report that follows. It also allows us the opportunity to provide any maintenance tips for areas that may need attention.
What do I do with the information from the home inspection?
All things show wear and tear over time. We normally always find reportable items. We look at the inspection as a way to identify; First - potential safety issues; Second - potential material defects; and Third - a list of maintenance items. Typically, you and your agent will use the information we provide to decide how to best approach any financial aspects that may follow. Ultimately it is up to you to decide how the information we provide affects your purchase decision.
Does the home pass or fail an inspection?
We do not pass or fail a home inspection. Remember, everything is in a constant state of decay. That goes for houses too. Every house will have some flaws. Our job is to identify any problem areas so you are not caught unaware. We give an objective physical assessment of the house and provide you with that information so you can make an informed decision about your potential purchase. We provide information regarding areas that may have a future financial impact.
Will you offer a service to repair any problems that may arise?
NO. Our job is to provide an unbiased opinion of the condition of a home. Offering repair services is a direct conflict of interest. We operate by the ASHI code of ethics which directly prohibits offering repair services on homes that we inspect.
What does a home inspection include?
Our standard inspection report covers all of the homes major systems and structural components that are visible. This includes the foundation, roof, HVAC, electrical, attic, insulation and plumbing as well as the doors, windows etc.
Can I ask questions?
Questions are encouraged. We will explain everything we can about our findings and answer every question to the best or our ability. If you think of additional questions at a later date, we take all those calls also. We want you to have all the information you need to be comfortable with your decision.