Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a home inspection?

A home inspection summarizes the condition of a property, points out the need for major repairs and identifies areas that may need attention in the near future. Buyers and sellers depend on an accurate home inspection to maximize their knowledge of the property in order to make intelligent decisions before executing an agreement for sale or purchase.

What does an inspection typically include?

 

  • Safety: Our #1 concern is for you & your families safety. We pay extra attention to every item we inspect looking for potential safety hazards and reporting these findings to you in our home inspection report.

 

  • Structural Components: Foundation, floors, walls, columns, ceilings and roofs.

 

  • Exterior: Wall cladding, soffit and trim. Entry-way doors and windows. Garage door and operators. Decks, balconies, stoops, steps, walkways, porches and railings.

  • Roofing: Roof coverings, roof drainage systems, flashings, skylights, chimneys and roof penetrations, signs of leaks or abnormal condensation on building components in the attic.

  • Plumbing: Piping materials, main shutoffs, leaks, cross connections, main drain cleanouts, waste and vent systems, and water heaters.

 

  • Electrical: Service entrance conditions. Main and distribution panels. Amperage and voltage ratings of service. Grounding. Main shutoff. Branch circuit conductors and their over-current protection, amperage and wiring compatibility. Installed lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles, polarity and grounding of all receptacles in all rooms, plus GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) & AFCI (arc fault circuit interrupter) installations as applicable.

 

  • Central Heating and Air Conditioning: Normal operating controls. Heating, cooling and air handling equipment. Installed heating/cooling source in each room. Chimneys, flues, and vents. Distribution system, filtration, and attic insulation.

  • Chimney and Fireplace: Attic and roof penetrations, spark arrestors, firebox integrity, hearth and mantel safety, flue operation, glass and screen protection, and gas starters.

 

  • Living Rooms: Walls and ceilings. Floor coverings, steps and stairways, balconies and railings. Doors and windows. Firewalls and egress, and smoke detectors.

  • Bedrooms: Walls and ceilings, floor coverings, doors and windows, closets, firewalls and egress, heating, cooling, and lighting.

  • Bathrooms: Walls and ceilings, floor coverings, doors and windows, counters and cabinets. Faucets and valves, sinks, drains, piping, functional flow, drainage, bathtubs, showers, and toilets.

  • Common Areas: Hallways, kitchen, laundry room, walls and ceilings, floor coverings, doors and windows, appliances, controls, ventilation, counters and cabinets, sinks, faucets and valves, drains and piping, functional flow and drainage.

 

  • Pools/Spas: Filtration system and operation, interior pool surfaces, exterior decks and surfaces, cleaning system, plumbing condition, electrical function and grounding, fencing and safety issues.

How much does an inspection cost?

Inspections costs vary depending on the square footage of your home.  Price starts at $200.  Please call for a quote specific to your needs.

Do I need to be present for the inspection?

No, you do not have to be present.  However, attending the last 30 minutes of the inspections will allow us to go over any critical safety issues or repairs found.  You will receive a full report withing 24 hours.

What if the report reveals problems?

No house is perfect. When an inspector identifies problems, it does not indicate you should not buy the house. Their findings serve to educate you in advance of the purchase about the condition of the property. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are discovered during an inspection. If your budget is tight, or if you do not want to be involved in near future repair work, this information will be extremely valuable.

Does a newly constructed home need an inspection?

YES!  A professional inspection of a new home is important.  We can spot potential problems early while they are still easy to correct.  A pre-closing problem list is given to the buyer to provide to the builder for items that may need to be remediated prior to closing.