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.
 

What does a home inspection include?

  The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components. Pleasr refer to our  Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics  what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report 

Why do I need a home inspection?

  Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you 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. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence. 

If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs. 

If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition. 

What will it cost?

 The inspection fee varies depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, design its age and optional ancillary services.
 

Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. 

Can a house fail a home inspection?

 No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, 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. 

Do i have to be there?

While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.