HOME INSPECTION FAQS
Frequently Asked Home Inspection Questions
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What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is intended to provide the client with information regarding the overall condition of installed systems and components of the home. The inspection is based on observation of the visible and apparent condition of the structure and components at the time of the home inspection. A home inspection is not a prediction of future conditions. Our home inspections are in compliance with InterNACHI’s comprehensive Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
What does a home inspection include?
Our detailed home inspection consists of a thorough, visual examination of all safely-accessible systems and components of the home. These components include, but are not limited to: the foundation, grounds, roof, attic, exterior, heating/cooling system, electrical, plumbing, interior and appliances. The primary purpose is to identify structural and system flaws, including anything safety related, and make note of any repairs that may be required. You can also visit our blog that includes a helpful graphic to better understand what is included in a general home inspection.
Should I attend my home inspection?
We always encourage our clients to attend the home inspection. You will gain a better understanding of the home’s condition, which can allow you to make more informed decisions regarding the purchase of the home. However, if you can not make it to the inspection, our home inspection reports are very detailed and will include all of our findings. Additionally, you can always contact us with any questions you may have.
How long is a home inspection?
A typical home inspection lasts between 1.5 – 3 hours on-site depending on the age, condition and size of the home. Smaller, newer, well-maintained homes will take less time than larger homes, older homes, or homes with multiple issues. Adding ancillary services (such as additional buildings) can also increase the inspection time.
How much does a home inspection cost?
The cost of a home inspection varies based on a number of factors such as the size of the home, age of the home, scope of the inspection to be performed, and more. Rates between different companies will not typically vary more than $100. The knowledge and peace of mind gained from a home inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a good bargain.
Who pays for a home inspection?
Typically the buyer of the home will pay for the home inspection. Sometimes the homeowner, or seller, may choose to have a pre-listing home inspection performed to find out if there are any issues that need to be repaired before putting the home on the market. The seller typically pays for a pre-listing home inspection.
Can a house fail an inspection?
Simply put, no. Home inspectors do not pass or fail a home, but instead report on the home’s overall condition and point out any systems or components that may need repair or replacement. A home inspection gives you more insight into your future home and allows you to make important decisions with confidence.
What does the buyer do during a home inspection?
The answer to this question will vary from person to person, but typically this is a time for buyers to have a look around the home for themselves, looking for any items or details that are of interest, or that they may have questions about. Chances are we will have it in our notes and will address the items in our summary and report, but an active conversation can be beneficial for all involved.
It is also a great time for buyers to take measurements for appliances or furniture, and gives the buyer an opportunity to become more familiar with the home.
What are the benefits of a home inspection?
Purchasing a home is likely one of the biggest investments a person will make. A buyer will want to learn as much as possible about the home they’re considering. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or construction oversights which can minimize surprises and save on costly repairs. A home inspection can also identify the need for maintenance so you can keep your home in top shape. Knowing more about the home will allow you to make important decisions with confidence.
Home inspections can also be beneficial if you’re planning on selling your home. Having a seller’s home inspection performed can eliminate stress and allow you to get ahead of any issues that may need to be resolved. Pricing the home accurately will also be much easier
Can I negotiate home inspection issues?
No house is perfect. If your home inspection reveals problems, it is important to understand the severity of those problems. We use color coding in our home inspection reports to identify different levels of severity. For example, a dirty HVAC filter can be easily replaced at a low cost. If the problem is more severe, such as an ongoing roof leak, you should find out whether you can negotiate the cost of repair with the seller, or if you have enough in your budget to pay for the repair yourself. We recommend discussing any concerns with your Realtor, whose professional recommendations can help with your decisions.
Are you a certified home inspector?
I am a Certified Professional Inspector (CPI) through InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and through North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board (NCHILB). InterNachi is the world’s largest organization of residential and commercial property inspectors.
As an InterNACHI CPI:
I’m required to stay up to date with the industry’s most rigorous Continuing Education through online, video and live training courses;
I adhere to a comprehensive Standards of Practice to ensure that you receive a detailed and accurate home inspection
I abide by a strict Code of Ethics, which puts you first and protects your rights as a consumer; and
I use state-of-the-art inspection tools and reporting software so that you can make informed decisions about the home you want to buy or sell
As full-time inspectors, we are always ready to serve our clients promptly. Home inspections are typically scheduled 2-3 days after going under contract and reports are delivered within 24 hours. To schedule your inspection, simply call or text 336-262-0778, send us an email, or easily schedule your inspection onlin.e
How soon can I schedule my home inspection?
As full time home inspectors, we are always ready to serve our clients promptly. Typically, a home inspection is requested 2-3 days after going under contract on a home and reports are published up to 24 hours after an inspection is completed. To schedule your home inspection, call or text us at 336-262-0778, or send us an email or simply use our easy online scheduler.