How long does a home inspection take?
A typical inspection should take about 2 to 2.5 hours to complete. 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.
What do you look at?
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.
How much does an inspection cost?
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.
What is included in the fee?
- Complete home inspection performed by an experienced inspector
- Comprehensive emailed photo home inspection report.
- Technical support for as long as you own your home.
Can I follow along?
Definitely. I encourage you to attend. I consider myself a professor of the home, inspection is a valuable learning experience for most homebuyers.'
Do I have to take notes?
You are encouraged to take notes during the inspection. Be sure to 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.
Can I ask questions?
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.
What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 hours walking through the home with the inspector.
Can I bring my family?
I know it can be difficult to obtain access to the home, it is best to have the family come towards the end of the inspection. A supporting friend or family member is can be beneficial if she or he follows along with us. This is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on my comments - the fewer distractions, the better.
Do I get a written report? When?
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 emailed within a few hours to two days after the inspection. I can give a better time frame over the phone as my schedule is variable.
If it's really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?
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 your father may be a qualified licensed insulation contractor who has a generous house warming gift.
Do you offer a warranty on the house?
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. 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 weight. 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 10+ years experience and 3,000+ 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. .