FAQ’s

What is a home inspection?


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


How much does a home inspection cost?


Fees are determined by the size, age, value, location, complexity of the home, and the service level you request.


How long will the inspection take?

Most inspections take about two to three hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age, and condition of the home.


What does a home inspection include?

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.



Why do I need a home inspection?

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.


Do you inspect newly built homes?

Yes. Any home you buy, whether antique or newly built, is a major investment. It is in your best interest to know everything you can about the house before you buy it.


Why can’t I do it myself?

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.


Can a house fail a home inspection?

No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components are deficient and may need major repair or replacement.


When do I call a home inspector?

Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.


Do I have to be there?

While it is not necessary for you to be present, we encourage you to join the inspector for at least a portion of the time. This allows you to observe the inspector, ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home, how its’ systems work, and how to maintain them.

No house is perfect. When the inspector identifies problems, it does not indicate you should not buy the house. His findings serve to educate you in advance of the purchase about the condition of the property.


How quickly can I get my report?

Reports typically are completed within 24 hours of the inspection if not sooner. Because we do not provide abbreviated reports or simple checklists as many companies do, you will not receive the report at the end of the inspection. Although we may cover verbally what we have observed with you, we do not feel an on-site check list report is of much value to you. Our written report contains the full benefit of our deliberation on site and after the inspection.


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

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.


What if I have questions after the home inspection?

Please feel free to contact us to discuss any questions you might have.


How do I pay for your services?

We accept cash or check.