What is a Home Inspection?

Why do I need a Home Inspection?

What does a Home Inspection include?

Do I need to be there during the Inspection?

How long will the Inspection take?

Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?

Why can't I do the Inspection myself?

What if the Inspection uncovers problems?

What is a Home Inspection?   Back to top

A reasonable effort to disclose the condition of the property on the day of inspection.  A look at the home with an experienced eye.  Our inspection covers from the crawlspace or basement to the roof to report the conditions of the foundation, basement, structure, plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning, insulation, roof, exterior, interior and the immediate site based on the inspector's observations on that day of inspection.

Why do I need a Home Inspection?   Back to top

A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy. That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. Our report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition. A professional inspection will give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, a pre-sell inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyers inspector possibly costing you thousands of dollars and maybe the sale of your home. Finding problems out early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.

What does a Home Inspection include?   Back to top

Our standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, crawlspace, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures.

Do I need to be there during the Inspection?   Back to top

No, you aren't required to be there for the inspection. But we highly recommend that you be present, if possible. It's a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection. You can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. We feel you'll be able to better understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection.  We also know that due to busy schedules, etc. many people cannot attend the inspection.  Our reports are detailed and simple to read and whether you attend the inspection or not you will receive the same level of care and expertise plus you can call us to ask as many questions as you need to.

How long will the Inspection take?   Back to top

The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 2 hours is pretty typical. But for larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.

Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?   Back to top

Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is very important. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. New home inspections are approx 30-40% of my business.  We find many problems on new homes to include plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, structural, improperly installed appliances, missing insulation and drainage problems, etc, etc, etc.

I don't care how long a builder has been building or how good their reputation is things get missed and overlooked and it is easier to get a person to fix things before they are paid (prior to closing) than later.  This new home inspection can potentionally save you thousands of dollars down the road.

Why can't I do the Inspection myself?   Back to top

Chances are that even if you are very familiar with home construction, you still don't have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional Home Inspector. We've inspected thousands of homes. We are not only familiar with all the systems of a home, and how they work and how they need to be maintained, but we also know what to look for to tell us that they are getting ready to fail. But beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party. If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it's impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may cloud your judgment. The professional inspector will provide an objective outside reporting of the facts.

What if the Inspection uncovers problems?   Back to top

Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including items needing repairs. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems, before you buy, gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.