FAQ

Have a question or need help? You have come to the right place. Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions, links to related websites and downloadable documentation.


Are clients welcome to attend the inspection?

YES. Most inspectors encourage clients to be in attendance during the inspection or at the very least arrive near the end of the inspection. This gives the client an opportunity to review the results of the inspection, discuss maintenance and safety issues and gives the inspector an opportunity to answer all of the client’s questions at the time of the inspection.

Does it increase the sale value of my home to have a pre-inspection?

Much like certifying your vehicle for sale, new home owners feel more comfortable purchasing a pre-inspected home and therefore you will find that you have more negotiating leverage and sales interest.

How long will the inspection take?

An average inspection generally lasts 1.5 to 3 hours. Many variables affect the time it takes to inspect a home. My company policy is that an inspection will take as long as is necessary to conduct a thorough inspection, educate my client, answer all client questions and ensure my client is completely satisfied with my home inspection service.

What if the home fails the inspection?

A home inspector does not "pass" or "fail" a home. The home inspection is intended to provide the client with detailed facts about the home. The home inspector presents the facts about the home to the client in a way that allows for complete comprehension through on-site discussion and answering the client's questions. Based on the facts and explanations and answers to client questions, the client will have the information and knowledge needed to make their own decisions about purchasing the inspected home.

What is a double-tap in an electrical panel.

A double tap is a very common problem, where two wires are connected to a single breaker. This is an issue because the wires can become loose causing arcing, electrical shock and potential fires. Double taps can be easily corrected.

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components

Why can't I just have someone in my family, or a friend, take a look at the house for me?

Your family member, or friend, may be very handy. They may even be a contractor. However, they are not trained and experienced in looking for unsuspected items and problems involving the entire interior/exterior of a home. In fact, many contractors hire a Home Inspector when they are about to purchase a home.