Home Inspection Questions and Answers

What is a home inspection? A home inspection is a professional,  unbiased, complete visual assessment of all the structural elements and  systems of a home performed by a home inspector. Our emphasis is on  identifying the existing or potential problems of the home which provide  you with valuable information about the home you may be buying or  selling. Why do i need a home inspection? Buying a home is the largest investment  you will probably make in your life. Therefore, it makes sense to find  out as much as you can about the house, condo, or townhome you are  interested in before you buy. This can avoid costly and surprise repairs  and problems with your new home. A professional inspection will give  you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that  make up the property. What does a home inspection include? Our computerized inspection reports  cover all the structural elements and major systems of the house and  pictures to clarify concerned areas. This includes the condition of the  homes:                                 

  • Foundation
  • Siding & Trim
  • Roof & Flashings
  • Garage
  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Electrical
  • Water Heater
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Plumbing
  • Driveways
  • Walkways
  • Grading
  • Attic & Ventilation
  • Chimney
  • Basement
  • Crawlspace
  • Major Appliances
  • Retaining Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Gutters
  • Fireplace
  • Deck
  • Pool & Spa*

Do I need to be there during the inspection? No. It is not required that you are  present. However, if you choose to follow along with your inspector it  could be a valuable learning experience for you to learn as much as you  can about your potential new home. Furthermore, by following the  inspector you can ask questions directly, the inspector can explain  maintenance tips for specific areas, and you will better understand the  final report. How long will the inspection take? Most inspections take two to three hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age and condition of the home. Does a newly constructed home need an inspection? A professional inspection of a new home,  condo or townhome is important. We can spot potential problems early,  while they are still easy to correct. For instance, we may find problem  areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or did sloppy work. Why can’t I do the inspection myself or a friend who is very handy? 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. Beyond the technical  expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, it is  important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third  party. What if I have questions after the inspection? You can call us for a discussion of the inspection results after the inspection if you did not attend.