Frequently Asked Questions

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems. The intent is to provide each client with thorough, unbiased information so an informed purchase decision can be made. The inspection is neither an appraisal to determine value nor a municipal code inspection. The inspector does not pass or fail the home, but rather describe its physical condition and highlight the components in need of repair or replacement.

Our home inspections exceed the Standards of Practice proposed by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and include the components below.

– Exterior
– Interior
– Insulation and Ventilation
– Roofing
– Plumbing System
– Electrical System
– Heating and Cooling Systems
– Foundation, Structure & Crawlspace
– Fireplaces

Every inspection also include an infrared thermal imaging scan and additional types of inspections and benefits that help to protect your home and increase your comfort and peace of mind. Learn more

Infrared Thermal Imaging is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the inspector to show clients things about their homes or buildings that can’t be revealed using conventional visual-only inspection methods. These includes problems behind walls and other hidden places in the home. Issues that are typically detected include but are not limited to:

– Water intrusion through the houses exterior covering, whether the house has brick, stone, stucco or siding
– Improperly installed or settled insulation
– Water leaks around windows and doors
– Plumbing leaks inside the house, including leaking pipes, improperly seated toilets, leaky shower pans and bathtubs and water pipe condensation
– Improperly insulated HVAC ducting that have not been properly sealed or that cause condensation dripping in attics and crawlspaces
– Improperly installed or insufficient insulation in ceilings and walls
– Leaking roofs, skylights, roof vent piping and roof vents

BUYERS – Buying a home is likely the single largest investment a person will ever make. Minimizing unpleasant surprises and unforeseen costs requires extensive knowledge of the home prior to purchase. A home inspection can identify needed repairs, builder oversights, and deferred maintenance issues which can lead to these surprises and costs. After the inspection, a more informed purchase decision can be made.

SELLERS – A pre-listing inspection allows potential sellers to make repairs on their schedule, using personally selected vendors. Performing repairs without the pressure of a pending real estate transaction saves money because vendors can be properly selected and multiple quotes obtained for comparison.

EXISTING HOMEOWNERS – The inspection can identify existing problems before they become larger and more costly in the future.

You can definitely attend the inspection but you do not have to be there. We have many out of town or very busy clients who cannot attend. However, if you have the time we welcome you to attend the inspection, if only for a brief while to share any concerns with the inspector and ask questions.

The duration of the inspection is dependent upon 2 key factors: size and condition of the home. A 600 square foot condo might only take 2 hours while a 10,000 square foot home could take an entire day. It is safe to assume that the average single family home will take about 3–4 hours.

We believe in fair and transparent pricing. Our fees are based upon the total square footage and a few other factors. We are neither the cheapest nor the most expensive inspection company. However, we provide the best combination of price and value. Please contact us for a quote!

The inspection should be scheduled immediately after the purchase contract is binding. This allows maximum flexibility in ensuring we can meet your timeline. Appointments are usually available within 2-3 days however if you need a next day appointment call and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. Learn more

Absolutely. Our service does not end with the inspection. Feel free to call anytime with any home related questions. If we can’t answer your question, we will refer you to someone who can.

Our goal is to complete the inspection report within 24 hours of the time of the inspection. Often times, it will be available much sooner. Once the report is uploaded to our system, you will receive a notification email that it is ready.

No home is perfect, and it’s highly unlikely the home will be defect free. The report does not provide a “pass” or “fail” rating. The intent is to provide unbiased information so an informed purchase decision can be made. Further discussion with your Realtor will determine which issues you are willing to handle yourself and which issues the Seller might be willing to fix.

Yes. We offer Pool & Spa Inspections