Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual examination of the structure and major systems of a house. It is intended to provide the client with the information regarding the general condition of these items. It reports on components and systems that, in the professional opinion of the inspector, are significantly deficient or at the end of their service lives. A home inspection is designed to assist the client in the evaluation of the overall condition of the property and is not technically exhaustive.
- What does a home inspection include?
The central focus of the inspection is the main systems of the building. These are the roof, heating and air conditioning system, plumbing and electrical systems, foundation and structural components, garage or carport; interior walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors. In some cases the swimming pool will be included.
- Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home is a large investment, and typically one that will be with you for some time to come. To minimize costly surprises and unexpected difficulties, it is wise to learn as much as you can about the house before you buy it. A home inspection can identify areas of concern that you would not otherwise know about. Very few homeowners or even contractors have the necessary knowledge or experience it takes to be able to properly assess the condition of the property and find the important items that are not immediately obvious to the casual observer. In addition, an opinion by an impartial person with no vested interest in the property will give you an evaluation not slanted by personal emotion or other motivations.
If you selling your home, you will want to find those important items that are likely to come up on the buyer’s examination, that you may not know about. This will allow you to address these issues before putting the house on the market and make a smoother and easier sale process.
- Why can’t I do it myself?
Even if you are familiar with construction or are a contractor yourself, it is unlikely that you would have the knowledge, expertise and experience to properly evaluate the condition of the home and all of its systems as a whole, in the way that is demanded of a professional home inspector. A home inspector has been specially trained in many types and styles of systems and components, how these items can fail, and what issues to look for, as well as common construction errors.
- Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. An inspection is not a pass/fail evaluation. It is a professional assessment designed to give you as much information as possible, regardless of the condition.
- Do I have to be there during the inspection?
You do not have to be present, but we strongly recommend it. It is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the property. The ability to discuss the inspector’s findings with him and ask questions on-site is invaluable, and you will have much better understanding of the completed report.
- How long does a home inspection take?
An average home less than 2,000 sq ft takes about 2 – 2 1/2 hours to go through all the systems of the house. Condominiums normally take less time than a single family home. Larger homes can take three hours or more. Also, inspection time is added if the home is older or in need of repair. In addition to the on-site inspection time, expect that the inspector will need time off-site to finish writing and putting the report together.
- If the house is in good condition, do I really need an inspection?
Definitely. You can now have confidence that the home has been checked by a trained professional and can proceed knowing that it IS in good condition, and not just by appearances. It is also true that many homes have been given a new paint job or outwardly appear very nice, while safety hazards and other defects abound.
- What if there are problems?
Keep in mind that no house is perfect, and you should always expect that there will be problems that need to be addressed, sometimes a lot, sometimes only a little. What we are attempting to do is give you enough information about the home so that you can make informed decisions about it.
- Can we hire you to fix the items in the report?
No. This is prohibited by our code of ethics as it creates a conflict of interests. We remain unbiased, only in this way can we provide an honest service that is to your benefit.