Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I choose a Home Inspector?
A: Call up and ask about their credentials and experience. If for some reason you don't feel comfortable asking this of the inspector when speaking with them on the phone, then how will you feel asking questions at the inspection? You must feel that the inspector is qualified, experienced and attentive of your needs.
Q: What will the inspection cover?
A: A thorough Inspection covers everything from roof to the foundation.
|Items that are included in the Inspection are as follows:
- Roof & Flashings
- Retaining Walls
- Siding & Trim
- Driveways & Walks
- Doors & Windows
- Major Appliances
- Electrical System
- Water Heater
- Plumbing System
- Air Conditioning
Q: How long will the Inspection take?
A: Most Inspections take about two to four hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home.
Q: Should I be present during the Inspection?
A: Although we do not require that you attend the inspection, we do recommend it. During or at the end of the inspection, the inspector will walk you through the home. This is a good opportunity to learn about your new home and to review conditions discovered during the course of the inspection.
Q: Why use our Services?
A: The purchase of a new home is one of the single most costly investments that a family will make. Along with the extra stresses this will add, there is also the fear factor of, "Will This Home Stand The Test of Time?" It is also important to know what YOU, as the primary investor, are getting for your money.A home inspection is an excellent tool for you, the home buyer, to help determine not only the condition of the home, but to also help foresee any immediate unnecessary additional cost that may go unnoticed without the help of a home inspection. Home inspections are not a prediction of future performance, but can pinpoint existing problem areas.
Q: Why can't I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?
A: This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other. Professional inspectors get what we call an inspector's instinct for problems. That instinct takes extensive training and lots of experience doing inspections to develop. Many contractors, and other trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.
Q: What if I have questions after the inspection?
A: You can call us and discuss all the aspects of your new home whenever you like. Our service is a long-term investment.
Q: Whom does the home inspector work for?
A: You. The home inspector is not affiliated with anyone other than the client who ordered the inspection. Although a realtor may refer you to us, this does not influence the contents of our report.
Q: Does a newly constructed home need to be inspected?
A: It is not uncommon to find undesirable conditions in newly constructed homes. While a builder may provide some type of warranty on the home, it is better to discover and correct conditions before you move into your new home. The buyer is always in a stronger position to have corrections made before the closing rather than after.
Q: Does your company provide guarantees?
A: Our company guarantees that we will provide a competent inspection of the systems and components specified in our inspection report and that the inspection will be conducted in accordance with the Standards of Practice of ASHI. No guarantees regarding the future performance of any system or component is provided or offered.