Q: What is a Home Inspection?
A: A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from foundation to roof. A home inspector is trained to be a detective in regard to the construction and working parts of homes.
Q: What if the report reveals problems?
A: If a home inspection reveals problems it does not necessarily mean you should not buy the house. The home inspection is meant to educate you in advance of the purchase of the condition of the property.
Q: Why do I need a home inspection?
A: A home purchase may be the largest investment of your life. Before you purchase the property you should learn as much as you can including what may need to be repaired.
Home inspections will also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as required ongoing maintenance that will be needed to keep the property in good shape. By having a professional home inspection you will have a clearer understanding of the home you are purchasing so you can make a confident decision.
A home inspection can also be valuable if you have owned your home for a long period of time. The inspection can identify potential problems and recommend solutions that will potentially save you a great deal of money in the future.
Q: Do I need to be there?
A: We strongly recommend that you attend a walkthrough inspection after we’ve been on site for a few hours. The walkthrough will take from one to two hours. It’s a valuable learning experience and will help you get the most out of your inspection. You’ll understand the house a lot better if you view it with us at the property. Our job is not just to inspect the property, but to educate you about the house.
Q: How long does it take?
A: A typical property (under 2000 square feet) takes roughly three hours to inspect. You’ll be asked to arrive after we’ve been on site for a few hours. Be aware that sometimes an inspection may take longer. Larger homes, or homes in poor condition, may take more time. We take as much time as necessary to do a thorough inspection for you.