A: You are NOT required to attend the home inspection although we highly recommend it. This is your opportunity to learn about the house and ask questions. It is very common for us to point out key features, verbally comment on positive aspects and provide maintenance tips on systems and components.
Q: How long does the inspection take?
A: The average home inspection generally takes 2.5 to 3 hours. Inspections can be quicker or longer depending on the overall condition, size and age of the property.
Q: How much does an inspection cost?
A: The average home inspection generally costs about $475 for a 20 year old house 2,000 square feet, however, pricing varies greatly depending on style of dwelling (Condo/Townhome, Single Family Dwelling or Multi-family), age of building and size of house. Larger buildings take longer to inspect and therefore are more expensive.
Q: What does a home inspection include?
A: A standard home inspection will evaluate the following components.
Q: The house looks great! Do I really need an inspection?
A: Even though a house may look impeccable and well maintained, only a seasoned inspector will have the expertise to identify problem areas that would otherwise be invisible to the untrained eye. The purchase of a home is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. It is extremely important that you learn about the condition of the property and the possible need for any major repairs that can influence your decision. A home inspection helps minimize the possibility of unpleasant surprises, unexpected costs and post-purchase headaches.
Q: What if I have questions after the inspection?
A: You can call or email us anytime with questions about your home. Our service is a long-term investment.
Q: What should I NOT expect from a home inspection?
A: As a home inspector, we think "Safety" not "Code" and although we have knowledge of current building codes, homes built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with the code for homes built today. We will, however, offer suggestions for improvement.
A home inspection is not protection against future failures. House systems are not designed to last forever, so we can provide a general idea of what can be expected from a specific component based on visual observations at time of inspection. Individual systems wear and break down for various reasons. One good idea for protection is the purchase of a Home Warranty.
Finally, a home inspection is not an appraisal. We will not tell you what the house is worth or if you should buy it. We simply give you an unbiased assessment of the property condition to help you make an informed decision.