What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a visual inspection of elements and systems which are readily accessible. This typically includes: Roof: Roof covering, Gutters, Downspouts; Exterior: Siding, Doors, Windows, Porches, Decks & Railings; Site Elements: Grading, Driveway, Walkways, Patios; Attic: Framing, Sheathing, Insulation, Ventilation; Bathrooms: Plumbing fixtures; Kitchen: Appliances, cabinets; Interior: Walls, Ceilings, Flooring, Interior Doors, Fireplace; Foundation: Visible Walls, Framing, Supports. Water penetration: Evidence of past and/or potential future concerns, Sump pump; Electrical systems: Visible wiring, Distribution, Fixtures; Heating & Air Conditioning systems; Plumbing systems & Water Heater

How long will the home inspection take?

Two and half to three hours; it will take less time for a smaller house and more time for a larger house. Condition and age also effects how long the inspection takes.

Do I have to be present for the home inspection?

While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it. If you cannot be there for the entire inspection, try to arrive at the end of the inspection so I can explain to you my findings.

Can I follow you around while you inspect the home?

Yes, many people do follow along with me during the inspection and can be beneficial with understanding the report.

What times do you schedule Home Inspections?

Generally we schedule 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM inspections, but we do understand that work and life can make scheduling difficult, so we do offer later in the day and Saturday appointments. Please call my office for availability.

Can a house fail a home inspection?

No, it is not a Pass / Fail inspection. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a code inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspection describes physical condition of the house and indicates what components and systems that may need major repair or replacement.

What is a condo inspection?

A condo inspection is a visual inspection of the elements and systems which are accessible. This typically includes: Entrance Doors & Balcony; Bathrooms: Plumbing Fixtures; Kitchen: Appliances, Cabinets; Interior: Walls, Ceilings, Flooring, Interior Doors, Fireplace; Electrical systems: Visible wiring, Distribution, Fixtures; Heating & Air Conditioning systems; Plumbing systems & Water Heater

What is a Pre-listing Inspection? 

A Pre-listing inspection is conducted the same as a home inspection following the standards of practice. The difference is you are getting in front of issues ahead of time. Home inspections can send all parties back to the negotiation table. By taking the precautionary step of having an inspection done before listing the home for sale, we can identify problems that could potentially derail a home sale. Repairs can be addressed beforehand and doing repairs ahead of time may be more cost-effective. If you are unable or don’t want to do certain repairs, the asking price can be adjusted prior to listing.

What is Radon?

Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon, but it may be a serious problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you are at a high risk for developing lung cancer. EPA Citizen’s Guide to Radon

What is a Wood Destroying Insect Report (termite inspection)?

Although commonly referred to as a “termite inspection,” WDI stands for “wood-destroying insect.” A proper WDI inspection looks for evidence of infestation by termites, carpenter ants, wood-devouring beetles, and carpenter bees, as well as evidence of past infestations, damage to wood, or conditions conducive to infestation. When obtaining a mortgage or a mortgage guarantee to finance the purchase of a home, you will most likely be required to obtain a WDI inspection by the bank or the mortgage company (FHA, VA, HUD, etc.)

The inspection is over and I have the report, now what?

Every home sale is different and contracts are written in different ways depending on many factors. The inspection company is not involved in deciding what repairs will be done and who will be performing or paying for repairs. These decisions should be discussed and decided by the Buyer and your real estate agent. It is recommended that repairs be performed by qualified licensed contractors/specialists.

When will I receive the report?

The report will be delivered electronically within 12 hours of the on-site inspection.

Who is ASHI?

The American Society of Home Inspectors. Since 1976, ASHI has worked to build consumer awareness of home inspections and to enhance the professionalism of its membership. The ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics serve as a performance guideline for home inspectors and is universally recognized and accepted by many professional and governmental bodies. ASHI Website

Who belongs to ASHI?

ASHI is an organization of independent, professional home inspectors who are required to make a commitment to follow ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. ASHI Certified Inspectors are required to meet rigorous requirements, including passing a comprehensive, written technical exam and performing a minimum of 250 professional, fee-paid home inspections. Mandatory continuing education helps the membership stay current with the latest in technology, materials, and professional skills.

How to Pass a Home Inspection:

It’s a misconception to think of a home inspection as a pass or fail test, but there are things Home Sellers can do to help the home inspection go smoothly, ensuring the best possible outcome for all parties and the least inconvenience and stress.

Things to consider prior to listing home

  • Repair peeling/worn paint
  • Check that grading slopes away from the house
  • Check roofs, gutters, and downspouts
  • Trim bushes or trees that are in contact with the house
  • Repair loose or missing railings
  • Repair broken/cracked glass
  • Repair doors that stick or are out of adjustment
  • Repair plumbing and plumbing leaks
  • Have heating and air conditioned serviced prior to the home inspection.

This is just some of the many maintenance and repair items that can aid in the selling process. By taking proactive steps, sellers are showing buyers their on-going commitment to the maintenance and well-being of the house as well as provide them with the chance to have repairs made prior to the inspection.  This is important because statistics show that buyers typically negotiate two times the actual costs of repairs found in a house. Sellers may want to consider a Pre-listing inspection.