Frequently Asked Questions
The home buying process is often stressful and time consuming. The purchase price of the home and its location are not the only factors that need to be considered, the problems that are hidden that can cause a costly repair or pose a safety risk can also be a worry. The job of our inspectors is to uncover those visible problems so that you can have an unbiased and expert assessment of the house you are considering so that you can make an informed decision on the what is likely the biggest purchase you will make in your lifetime.
Why should I have a house inspected ?
Most home buyers when they are looking for a new home spend an average of 20 minutes or less touring the home. The surface features of a home, such as curb appeal, location or the architectural design are what influences most people when buying a home, but home buyers most often lack the specific technical knowledge, experience and emotional detachment that is required to determine if a home is truly a wise investment and one that won’t result in costly repairs. Having a home inspection is a wise investment as it provides valuable insight into the physical condition of the house and its systems and structures to determine if they are functioning as they should or if there is a defect.
How long does an inspection usually take ?
Our inspectors perform as thorough an inspection as possible. Depending on the condition, size and age of the home, an inspection typically lasts 3 to 3 ½ hours. We try to only book one inspection per day for our inspectors so they aren’t rushed to get to another inspection. This way, the inspector will be able to provide time after the inspection to go over any issues found in the report and educate you about possible solutions.
Can a house fail an inspection ?
We do not give homes a passing or failing grade. Each home is unique and each home buyer has their own opinions regarding their goals and wants when it comes to buying a house. Some buyers want a home that is turn key and don’t want to make any changes to home, while others accept the fact that a home might need some work and improvements to fit their goals. The benefit of a home inspection is that it provides a thorough and unbiased report about the condition of home and its components so that the home buyer can make an informed choice.
Will a home inspection identify all the problems ?
Although our highly trained inspectors try their very best to uncover issues in the home, however some defects can still go unnoticed due to some factors such as the owners personal belongings blocking or covering areas in the home and defects that are not visibly evident on the day of the inspection. We try hard to access every area of the home and promise to provide the best evaluation possible.
Should I attend the inspection ?
It is not required but we do encourage home buyers to attend the inspection if they can. We know people lead busy lives and we try to be flexible when scheduling an inspection by customizing the inspection time to work with your schedule. We provide home inspections 7 days a week and after hours. The time during and after the inspection our inspectors use this opportunity to inform a home buyer about the condition of the home while providing education regarding how to maintain the home and offer solution to minor problems.
What if the report reveals problems ?
No house is perfect, even newly built ones. If there are issues with any parts of the home, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house but you will know in advance what to expect. If major problems are found, the seller may be more flexible to negotiate the purchase price or contract terms.
When will I receive my report ?
Our goal is to deliver an electronic report to you on the day of inspection but we guarantee that your report will be delivered within 24 hours of the inspection.
15% Discount on any one add-on service included with a Standard Home Inspection.
20% Discount if two or more add-on services are included with a Standard Home Inspection.