Frequently Asked Questions

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. On average, a single-family home inspection usually takes 2-4 hours to complete, though this is heavily dependent on the of the size and condition of the home. After the inspection process, the inspector will send the client an inspection report that covers their findings, complete with pictures, analysis and recommendations.

Why do I need a home inspection?

Buying a home could be the largest single investment the homebuyer will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, homebuyers should strive to learn as much as they can about the house before they 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. Through the home inspection process, homebuyers will have a better understanding about their prospective house, which will allow them to make decisions with confidence. If a homeowner is planning to sell their home, a home inspection can give them the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition and identify any findings a buyers inspector may discover that could impact the sale.

How long does a home inspection take?

The time it takes to inspect the property varies greatly depending upon the size of the structure and any additional services requested. An average inspection of a single family home takes between 2 to 4 hours.

How much does a home inspection cost?

The cost of the inspection varies depending upon the size of the structure and any additional services requested.

Do I need to attend the home inspection?

It is not required for the homebuyer to be present for the inspection. However, we recommend attending so the homebuyer can receive the most value from their inspection. This allows homebuyers to observe the inspector and ask questions throughout the process. Many homebuyers find that talking with their inspectors gives them a better understanding the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

Can a house fail a home inspection?

A home inspector will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement. A home inspection is not an appraisal and will not determine the home's market value. It is also not a municipal inspection and does not verify local code compliance. Ultimately it will be up to you as the buyer or seller to decide what to do with the information that is obtained from the inspection.

After the inspection, when will I receive the inspection report?

Inspection reports are sent via email in PDF format typically within 24 to 48 hours after the completion of the inspection.

What if the inspection report reveals problems?

It is important to note that no house is perfect. Every home inspection will identify issues with the property and the inspector will communicate the severity of the issues found. The home inspector's goal is to leave their clients with a deeper understanding of the inspected home, so the client can make a sound decision as they continue their home buying or selling process. The client should be fully aware of any issues, risks, or health/safety concerns that may impact the client's decision. The inspector's role is not to tell the clients if they should buy the house or not, but to help the clients understand the full cost of ownership. If major problems are found, homebuyers may wish to negotiate with the seller to make repairs or cover their costs.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the report you received .

We are here before, during and long after the inspection is complete to assist you with any of your Inspection needs.