Frequently Asked Questions
Buying or selling a home can be a stressful experience, but we’re here to ensure you know what to expect during your home inspection.
An inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of a home/building. It documents the observable conditions of the building and most major permanent components. An inspection is necessary for you to make an informed decision prior to your purchase of the property. During the inspection period, you will have the right to walk away from a contract without penalty if you and the seller are unable to come to terms regarding the findings of the inspection. It is recommended to have the inspection done early to ensure you have enough time to review your report and process any issues that came up during the inspection. Contact us today to schedule your next inspection.
As a buyer, you have the right to know the “as is” condition of the property you are purchasing. An inspection can reveal potential issues that were not previously disclosed, such as a damaged roof or a faulty electrical panel, which could be costly to repair. If the inspection uncovers significant issues you were previously unaware of, you can try to renegotiate the terms of the contract. If the selling party maintains the contract is “as is”, you will have the right to walk away from the deal altogether without incurring any penalties (loss of security deposit). Without an inspection, you would be taking a significant risk by purchasing the property “as is” without truly understanding its condition. A home inspection provides you with valuable information that can help you make an informed decision about whether to proceed with the purchase. Contact us today to schedule your next inspection.
We offer a variety of inspections, so contact us directly with the details of your property and scope of inspection for an exact quote for your inspection. A home inspection can range anywhere from $300 to $700 .The price of the inspection will vary depending on several factors, such as type of inspection, location, size, complexity and age of property. Since no two buildings are the same, it is important to provide us with as much details about the property as possible to give you an accurate price for your inspection.
Before going into details, please review our new construction sample report to see many of the different issues we encounter on new construction inspections. It’s important to remember that even new homes can have flaws or oversights; No builder is perfect. As such, our New Construction inspections aim to give you the chance to address any deficiencies or incomplete work with the builder prior to closing, ensuring that the home meets your expectations prior to moving in. Contact us today to schedule your next inspection.
While it’s not mandatory, we highly suggest that you attend the inspection as it presents an opportunity for you to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the property. Although the inspection report will provide valuable details and information, being present at the inspection allows you to get a firsthand understanding of what will be in the report. Contact us today to schedule your next inspection.
On average, an inspection can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. However, the length of an inspection can vary depending on the size, age, condition, and scope of inspection.
It is recommended to discuss the expected duration with the inspector beforehand to prepare and plan with the current occupants of the property. It is important that the inspector is given sufficient time to conduct a thorough inspection. Inspections done in a hurry can often result in oversight and mistakes.
Please consider these factors when planning time for your inspection:
- Size and Condition of the Property: Larger or more complex homes generally take longer to inspect. Similarly, if a property is in poor condition or has a lot of potential issues, the inspection might take longer.
- Age of the Home: Older homes tend to have more areas that need inspection, and they might have unique features that require additional attention.
- Accessibility: If certain areas of the property are difficult to access (e.g., crawl spaces, attics), it can add time to the inspection process.
- Number of Systems: The more systems a home has (plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc.), the longer the inspection may take.
- Additional Inspections: If specialized inspections are needed (e.g., for termites, borescope, or mold), these can add to the overall time.
- Inspector’s Thoroughness: Some inspectors are more detailed and meticulous than others, which can affect the length of the inspection.
Most renovation budgets target upgrading cosmetic features like the kitchen, bathrooms, flooring etc, however, there are many things that can impact your budget which were not accounted for. While cosmetic issues (re-painting, new flooring etc) may be addressed during the renovation, underlying issues could exist, such as faulty plumbing or outdated electrical wiring. These factors are not readily seen by the lay person and should be considered before beginning any renovation work. By identifying these issues early on, you can avoid costly delays and unexpected expenses during the renovation process. For instance, if the inspection reveals that the property has polybutylene pipes, it would be recommended to upgrade the plumbing system before proceeding with any cosmetic upgrades to the kitchens and bathrooms to prevent ms.
For the same reasons mentioned above regarding new construction and planning to renovate. Contractors make mistakes, and unfortunately some do cut corners. Many homes go through cosmetic renovations without addressing any preexisting problems. So the property looked amazing at the open house, with its brand new kitchen and bathrooms. However, they never repaired the termite damage in the attic that was beyond plain view. Our inspections go beyond face value, to give you a detailed perspective on the property. Avoid costly mistakes and contact us to schedule your inspection today.
We offer Inspections for single family homes, condominium units, manufactured homes, multi-family buildings and commercial properties. Visit our Your Inspection page for a breakdown of our inspection details of what to expect, when we inspect. Contact us today to schedule your next inspection for your property.