Frequently Asked Questions
Q How do home inspectors typically charge for their services?
Fees normally are dependent on the square footage of the homes finished living space, age, foundation type etc. for a basic home inspection.
Q How long should it take to inspect a 2000 Sq. Ft. house?
Normally 3 to 4 hours. Inspecting a home is a process and even smaller homes will still take a minimum amount of time to inspect thoroughly.
Q Should the home buyer be present for the home inspection?
Yes, the home buyer should be present. A home inspection report includes many items and it is best that the client is present to see firsthand any deficiencies or issues. This also gives the inspector the opportunity to advise the client as to what measures could be taken to correct these issues or prevent others from occurring in the future.
Q When during the home buying process should a home inspector be contacted?
Once the offer is accepted (Include an inspection contingency). Inspecting before an accepted offer may be a waste of the buyer’s time and money.
Q Once the physical inspection is complete, how long should it take to receive the final inspection report?
Less than 24 hours. Most inspectors today use electronic report software. After the basic information is inputted it should only take a short amount of time for the inspector to complete and email the report to the client.
Q Is it possible for a home to fail a home inspection?
No, typically specific parts of the house are identified as deficient. In my opinion there is no failing or passing "grade". The findings "are what they are" and the facts presented in the report give the buyer the information necessary to make their own decision.
Q Is a home inspector able to identify all building code issues in their inspection report?
No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible. Also in older homes real safety issues are the main focus for the home inspector to identify rather than citing specific codes which can change from one area to another.
Q Will a home inspector be able to estimate the cost of potential repairs?
Most inspectors will defer to the buyer’s realtor for recommending outside contractors who are more qualified to give that information. Making such statements could be viewed as a conflict of interest and should be avoided by the home inspector.
Q Are home inspectors required to belong to a professional association?
No, but most reputable inspectors do belong to one or more associations which have requirements that inspectors must meet such as on-going education.
Q Is the inspection of the plumbing and drainage system considered an additional charge for a typical home inspection?
No, any visible plumbing within the house is normally considered to be part of the basic home inspection. However
inspection of wells and septic systems are a specialty best left to experts.
Q Should a typical home inspection come with a warranty?
No, home inspections are not a warranty. It is an assessment of the systems conditions present at the time of inspection only.
Q Should pictures be included in the home inspection report?
Yes. Reports without pictures provide only half the story and are much less effective.
Q Do home inspectors typically use infrared technology to detect air leakage?
No, but it is offered for an additional charge by some inspectors.
Q Should a roof inspection be included as part of a home inspection?
Yes, standards of practice require the roof be included in a home inspection
Q Is a roof inspection considered an additional charge when conducting a typical home inspection?
No, prices are set to include the roof inspection
Q Should home inspectors inspect a roof from the ground or should the inspector climb onto the roof?
The roof is inspected from the roof unless it is unsafe, in which case most inspectors will use a ladder at several points along the eves and also with binoculars from the ground.
Q Should I use a home inspector recommended by a listing agent?
No, it could become a conflict of interest. The buyer's agent usually provides the names of several home inspectors and lets them choose. Listing agents may not want to have the "best" inspector do the job.
Q Does a newly constructed house need to be inspected by an independent home inspector?
Yes, highly recommended. Mistakes or deficiencies can be present even in new construction.
Q Is radon testing usually included in the cost of a home inspection?
No, it is typically an additional charge. Radon testing is a specialty and most inspectors that provide this service have specialized equipment and training.
Q Is asbestos testing typically included in the cost of a home inspection?
Asbestos testing can only be done in a lab and is better left to specialist in that field. However home inspectors are trained to identify suspected asbestos and required to report these suspicions.
Q Is a termite or pest inspection considered an additional charge when conducting a typical home inspection?
In some cases yes, if an additional WDO report is required by the lender. Most inspectors have been trained to identify signs of infestation which would be noted in the home report but not all are licensed to file a WDO (wood destroying organisms) report.
Q Are home inspections required if you are getting a loan on the property?
In some cases certain types of loans do require home inspections.
Q Is lead testing typically included as part of a home inspection?
Q Does it cost extra to include pictures in a home inspection report?
Q Is a pool inspection typically included in a home inspection report?