At PRIMO HOME INSPECTIONS we do our best to answer all of your questions. Below you will find a list of what we believe are the most frequently asked questions. If you have any questions that have not been answered below, do not hesistate to contact us.
A typical inspection should take about 2 to 2.5 hours for house and 1 to 1.5 for a condo. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, how many questions you may have and so on. As a courtesy to sellers, we recommend that they be informed of the time frame in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.
I inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. My goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase and to best express the condition of the home
The typical fee for an inspection is varies on numerous factors, I keep my prices competitive with other experienced inspectors providing top quality service. If you are comparing home inspection firms. Remember, you are considering a major purchase and your choice of professional inspector should be based on getting the best quality, not just the best price.
It is important listen to my comments to make sure you understand. It's also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you. You are encouraged to take notes during the inspection if that is how you best retain the information.
Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop me and ask questions as you go. If the my comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation.
I know it can be difficult to obtain access to the home, it is best to have the family come towards the begining or end of the inspection. A supporting friend or family member can be beneficial if they follow along with us. This is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on my comments - the fewer distractions, the better.
You do receive a written report. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things we cover during a home inspection. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. It is typically emailed in less than 24 hours, in a busier season can be longer, however can be as quickly as a few hours. I can give a better time frame over the phone as my schedule is variable.
No. My goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play, you may be purchasing the home under market value, over market value, or you may know a qualified licensed contractor who has a generous house warming gift.
No. A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information. It's a little like getting a check-up from your doctor: It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty. In the inspection agreement there will be a claue / provision similar to the following: LIMITATION OF INSPECTORS LIABILITY: The purpose of this provision is to limit the amount of money damages that CUSTOMER may claim and recover from COMPANY. The maximum amount of money that CUSTOMER may claim and recover is hereby limited to the fee paid by CUSTOMER to the COMPANY.
Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house - they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don't leak when you simply turn on the shower, due to the 100lbs of live weight and splashing. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist, such as snow or ice cover. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed. I have 17+ years experience and 10,000+ inspections, I am dedicated to describing what to expect as best as possible, and the unforeseen should be expected.
I also keep my skills current with continuing education programs, and repairing my house from 1928.