Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

What is a home inspection?

 

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of a house’s physical structure and systems, 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 size and condition of the home. The inspector will note whether each problem is a safety issue, major defect, or minor defect. They will also report which items need to be replaced, repaired, or serviced and things that are suitable for now but should be closely monitored.

What does a home inspection include?

 

A home inspection will include the condition of the home's heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing system; electrical system; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors; and the foundation, basement, and structural components.

How long does a home inspection last?

 

The typical inspection lasts two to three hours but can vary depending on the size and condition of the home.

Why do home buyers need an inspection?

 

Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. Homebuyers should learn as much as they can about the house before buying it to minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties.

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 of 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 allow them to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.

Do the home buyers have to be there?

 

It is not required for the homebuyer to be present for the inspection. However, ASHI recommends attending to receive the most value from the 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 of the home’s condition and how to maintain it.

Can a house fail a home inspection?

 

A professional home inspection is a snapshot in time assessment of the home. It is an objective assessment of the current condition of a house. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems need major repair or replacement. A home inspection is not a municipal inspection and does not verify local code compliance.

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 house, and the inspector will communicate the severity of the problems found. The home inspector's goal is to leave their clients with a deeper understanding of their prospective home, so the client can make a sound decision as they continue their home buying process. The inspector's role is not to tell the clients if they should buy the house but to help them understand the total ownership cost.

When will I receive my report?

 

We will receive your home inspection report and wood-destroying insect report (if requested) by the end of the next business day after your inspection date. Radon tests take 48 hours, so you will receive that by the end of the business day on the indicated pick-up date. All reports are emailed directly to the client’s email address provided.

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