Frequently Asked Questions...

What is home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation.

What does home inspection include?

The standard home inspector's report will review the conditions of the home's heating systems, central air conditioning systems (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls ceilings, floors, windows, and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure. Every inspection is carried out in the manner consistent with the standard of practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

Why do I need a home inspection?

You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the house you are about to purchase. If you are already a home owner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn preventive measures which might avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, you may wish to have an inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of the conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.

How long will a home inspection take?

The average home inspection takes between two and three hours depending on the size of the home.

What will it cost?

The inspection fee for a one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, its age, and the possible additional services, such as septic, well or radon testing. It is a good idea to check local prices on your own. However, do not let cost be a factor on whether or not to have a home inspection, or in the selection of your home inspector. The knowledge gained from a home inspector is well worth the cost, and the lowest priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. The inspector's qualification, including his experience, training , and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration.

Can't I do it myself?

Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds, perhaps thousands of homes in his career. An inspector in familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper insulation and maintenance. He understands how the home components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and may effect their judgment. For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.

Do I have to be there for the inspection?

It is not necessary for you to be there for the inspection but it is recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly. You can learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you are seeing the property firsthand through the inspectors eyes.

What If the report reveals problems?

No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it does not necessarily mean that you should not buy the house- only what to expect in advance. A seller might adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are found. If your budget is tight, or you do not wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely important to you.

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?

Absolutely. Now you can complete your home purchase with your eyes open as to the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. You will also have learned many thing about your new home from the inspectors written report and summery of overall conditions, and will want to keep that information for future reference.

What if I have question after the inspection?

You can call us and discuss all the aspects of your new home whenever you like. Our service is always a long-term investment.