Frequently Asked Questions
How is an inspection performed?
During the inspection of the prospective property, your Inspector completes a detailed computerized report using comments that are unique to your specific property and observed as the Inspector proceeds through the property. At the conclusion of the inspection, your report is immediately uploaded onto the internet and sent to you through your email or can be printed on site.
What is the difference between a narrative report and a checklist report?
A narrative report is specific to the property being inspected and written onsite in their own words as the Inspector progresses through the inspection process. An itemized list can be as simple as a “checklist” format or “fill in the blanks” format were the inspector simply checks off items as they proceed through the property. The itemized list is not specific to the property inspected but instead written to be more generic in nature. Checklist reports are sold to Inspectors to save time and get the inspection over quickly.
What is the cost of an inspection?
The cost of the inspection varies based on the size and value of the property. Fees can be quoted by contacting our office administrator.
When should I have a home inspection?
Three types of inspections are generally conducted:
- Pre-Listing Inspection
- Pre-Purchase Inspection
- One Year Anniversary Inspection on New Construction
Most often, the pre-purchase inspection is conducted after an initial offer has been submitted and accepted on a property, a customer generally has a 7-10 day period set up and conduct a professional property inspection. The pre-listing inspection can be conducted prior to listing the property for sale to allow you to prepare the property. The one-year anniversary inspection can be conducted prior to the homeowners’ one-year builder warranty expiring to identify any concerns the builder should be made aware of.
Who arranges for the inspection?
The client will generally arrange the inspection or can assign the task of scheduling the inspection through their real estate agent.
How long does an inspection take?
For an on-site report, customized to your needs, the inspection typically takes 2 to 3 hours and depends on the size and complexity of the property.
What do I have to do to prepare for an inspection?
The major systems such as electric panel, water heater, furnace and air conditioning systems need to be accessible so that each area can be opened and inspected. Reasonable access to any attics and crawl spaces or basements is needed as well as the interior of the property.