How long does a home inspection take?
A typical inspection should take 2 to 3 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on.
What do you look at?
I inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. My goal is to identify any existing major problems or safety issues.
How much does an inspection cost?
My typical fee for an inspection is $350.00. However, some factors will affect the fee. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the deciding factor unless the level of service offered is identical. Remember, you are considering a major purchase and your choice of home inspector should be based on getting the best value, not just the best price.
What is included in the fee?
- Complete home inspection conducted by an experienced professional.
- Comprehensive written home inspection report.
Can I follow along?
Definitely. I encourage you to attend. The inspection is a valuable learning experience for most home buyers.
Do I have to take notes?
You don't have to take notes during the inspection. I will document everything in a written report. It's much better to follow the inspector through, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It's also a great opportunity to clarify any questions.
Can I ask questions?
Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop the inspector and ask questions as you go. If the inspector's comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation.
What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 1/2 hours walking through the home with the inspector. You won't have to climb on the roof or go into the attic.
Can I bring my family?
I recommend that you not bring your family; this is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on the inspector's comments, not have any distractions.
Do I get a written report? When?
You do receive a written report. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things we cover during a home inspection. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. It is delivered within 24 hours after the inspection.
If it's really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?
No. My goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house.
Do you offer a warranty on the house?
A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information. It's a little like getting a check-up from your doctor, it improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty.
Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house - they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don't leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed. As such, I cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.
Home warranty programs are separate entities and are available from Home Warranty companies.
What are your inspector qualifications?
I am a graduate of the American Society of Home Inspectors School. I am detail oriented and possess excellent communication skills. I have over 35 years of hands-on experience in all phases of home construction and remodeling. As a certified, licensed Home Inspector in the State of Wisconsin, and American Society Home Inspector Associate, I keep my skills current with annual continuing education programs.
Are you members of ASHI?
Yes, I am a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors.
How many days notice do I need to give you?
I am ready to serve you quickly. However, when the sale of a home is conditional on the results of a home inspection, I recommend that you allow at least three days to arrange for a home inspection.