Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a home inspection?
A: A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend necessary repair or replacement, giving estimates of costs that can be used as a guideline.

Q: What credentials should your Home Inspector offer?
A:
Your Home Inspector should be licensed and certified in major aspects of Home Inspection and ideally, have years of experience in construction or related fields. Word of mouth is the means by which most Home Inspectors are selected, so the one who has a reputation for accuracy and thoroughness is the ideal inspector for you.

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:
  • Attic
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Roof & Flashings
  • Gutters
  • Basement
  • Crawlspace
  • Foundation
  • Grading
  • Retaining Walls
  • Siding & Trim
  • Driveways & Walks
  • Ceilings
  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Doors & Windows
  • Chimney
  • Fireplace
  • Major Appliances
  • Electrical System
  • Water Heater
  • Plumbing System
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating

Q: How long will the Inspection take?
A:
Most Inspections take about one to three hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home.

Q: Should I be present during the Inspection?
A:
We recommend that you be present at the site of the inspection, from start to finish. Being present ensures that any questions you might have can be answered on the spot by the inspector, and learning valuable home maintenance tips to protect your investment is a very smart idea.

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: I am buying a new home from a reputable builder. Do I need a home inspection?
A:
Yes. A home inspection will eliminate construction oversights that occur when some components or systems are inadvertently omitted. Common oversights include incomplete electrical systems, incomplete plumbing, gutters that are incorrectly installed, missing roofing components, fireplaces that are incomplete and many others. The reasons construction oversights occur vary from inadvertent omissions to just plain bad construction practices. A quality home inspection will find construction oversights and then the contractor can take care of them before the close of the real estate transaction.