Frequently Asked Questions
• What is a home inspection?
• What does a home inspection include?
• Why do I need a home inspection?
• Why can't I do it myself?
• What if the report reveals problems?
• If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
• Are seller's inspections just as thorough as a buyer´s inspection?
• How soon will my Inspection Report be available?
Q: What is a home inspection? A: A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. Q: What does a home inspection include? A: 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. Q: Why do I need a home inspection? A: Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence. If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition. Q: Why can't I do it myself? A: Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection. Q: What if the report reveals problems? A: No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs. Q: If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection? A: Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will have that information for future reference. Q: Are seller's inspections just as thorough as a buyer's inspection? A: There should be no difference in a Seller's inspection versus one for the buyer when it comes to integrity and thoroughness. The seller doesn't want the inspector to "candy coat" the inspection and create a false sense of security. When the buyer's inspector comes along there should be no major surprises. Q: How soon will my Inspection Report be available? A: In most cases, the Client will receive an email report by 10:00 a.m. the morning following the inspection. We guarantee that the email report will be received with 48 hours of the inspection. Hard copies are available upon request.