What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of all of the systems and structural elements of a home. Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would affect a buyer’s decision. (see also: Services tab at the top)

Why do i need a home inspection?

A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the home before you decide to buy. A home inspection will help to avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your home. Our report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition. A professional inspection will also give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up a home.

Do i need to be there during the inspection?

No, you are not required to be there for the inspection. However, we highly recommend that you be present at some point during the inspection. Typically, we ask that you show up toward the last 45 minutes of the inspection. This should give you sufficient time to walk through the house again and possibly take any measurements. Once the inspector is finished, he will be able to review the highlights of his findings with you. This will help answer any potential questions you may have as well.

How long will the inspection take?

The time will vary both on size and condition of the home. For most homes, we will estimate 1 hour per 1,000sqft. However, for larger homes with many amenities or home in poor condition, it may take longer.

Does a newly constructed home need an inspection?

Absolutely! A professional inspection of a new home is very important. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct and before the builder takes his priority to another house.

Why can’t i do the inspection myself?

Even if you are very familiar with home construction, chances are you still do not have the knowledge, training, experience or license of a professional Home Inspector. We have inspected over 10,000 homes and are very familiar with all of the systems of a home. It is also important to remember that our inspectors remain impartial and honest as we have no benefit if you purchase the home or not.

what if the inspection uncovers problems?

Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including any needed repairs or further evaluation. No house is going to be perfect and it will be up to you to decide how the problems we find affect your buying decision. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing, or for money in lieu of repairs. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about the problems before you buy gives you the power to make the best decision for your specific needs.

If you have any further questions, please contact our office for additional information.