Frequently Asked Questions…

What is Included in a Home Inspection?

  • Visible Foundation, basement and structural components.
  • Roof, attic, visible insulation and ventilation
  • Interior plumbing & electrical system
  • Heating & central air conditioning system
  • Water heater (tankless included)
  • Walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors
  • General Exterior & Grounds
  • General Interior
  • Kitchen, bathrooms & Laundry area

What is NOT included in a Home Inspection?

  • Cosmetic issues
  • Refrigerators and washer/dryers. (9 times out of 10 these components go with the sale
  • Pools and hot tubs & components (although we do offer this service)
  • Septic systems & components
  • Well water systems & components
  • Underground Municipal Sewer Lateral
  • Outbuildings/ un-permitted structures (aka sheds, barns etc.)
  • Asbestos confirmation (needs to be done by a lab)
  • Radon testing
  • Lead paint confirmation
  • Mold confirmation (We do offer this service separately)
  • Electric Generators
  • Central air conditioners when it is below 65 degrees
  • Geothermal Systems
  • Wood Burning Device Flues (aka the inside of wood fireplace chimney)
  • Solar Systems
  • Sprinkler systems

What Is the Cost of a Home Inspection?

Costs can vary, depending on the size, age and amenities. For example a 900sqft, 1 bedroom condo would be on the lower side, compared to a 3000sqft spanish style on a raised foundation with a pool. The cost of a home inspection usually comes out of pocket for the potential homebuyer. Our typical home inspection can range usually between $375 and $600. Call for a free quote.

How Long Will the Inspection Take?

The inspection usually takes between 1.5 to 3 hours depending on size and condition. The last 20 – 30 minutes is reserved for a walk around with you in order to point out highlighted areas. The inspector will give a general time frame once arriving on the property. (They are excellent guessers)

What Type of Inspection Report is Supplied and How Long Does it Take to Submit?

A long detailed PDF formatted report will be completed and delivered via email on the same day as the inspection is performed once payment is received. Although, there are circumstances in which the inspector may ask for a 24 hour window. (ex. home is a complete tear down or the inspection was performed after 4pm)

Does Your Company Work Weekends?

Absolutely!! We are available Saturdays and Sundays at no extra charge. Be sure to book in as soon as you can. Weekends tend to fill up.

Is Anyone Allowed or Required to Attend the Inspection?

The home inspection is a valuable experience for you as a home buyer and future home owner. However; the inspector will give a detailed overview of the entire inspection at the very end. A lot of the time home buyers choose to show up the last hour of the inspection to do another walkthrough of their own and to be present for the final summary.

Is it Possible for a Home to Fail an Inspection?

Simple answer is “NO” it is not possible to fail a home inspection. Home inspectors are not Code inspectors. The inspection is designed to tell you what needs to be repaired or focused on within the house. Our job as inspectors is to supply you with the most information possible so that you can make an informed decision.

What Happens if There Are Problems Found During the Inspection?

There are potential problems that can come up during inspections. The seller of the home is not automatically required to repair any problems that the inspector finds. These defects or problem areas will be placed in the detailed report so that you and your realtor may proceed utilizing said information.

What is a Sewer Scope?

A sewer scope is an inspection using a special camera that is pushed through the sewer lateral. The sewer lateral is the drain pipe that connects the house’s plumbing to the city sewer system. It runs underground from the house to the street. Often times the inspector will access the sewer through a clean out on the side of the home, or by using a ventilation stack on the roof.