should I get a home inspection?
Can I do the home inspection myself?
The house is brand new, why do I need
a home inspector?
Should I be at the home inspection?
How long will the home inspection take?
What if the report reveals problems?
Will I be able to walk through the property
again, before the closing?
How do I schedule my home inspection?
What should I do to prepare for my home
When is payment expected?
What if I have questions after my home
inspection is complete?
Why should I get a home inspection?
Your home is the most important and most
expensive purchase you will ever make. Unfortunately
there is not a money back guarantee or return policy.
Before you make a commitment to buy a home, it’s
best to know any potential problems before you purchase
your new dream home. A visual inspection of your new
home before purchase will help determine if any parts
are unsafe or not performing properly. It will also
recognize any repairs needed now or in the future.
If you are a homeowner planning to put your home on
the market a home inspection will help you as the
seller determine any problems and or weak points.
It gives you the opportunity to put your homes best
foot forward prior to potential buyers seeing your
Can I do
the home inspection myself?
If you would like to conduct the home inspection
yourself that’s ok, but remember you must be
able to inspect and understand the heating and cooling
system, all the plumbing, the electrical, the roofing
system and a lot of other systems of the house. You
must be familiar with building codes, defective conditions,
and safety matters. You must be able to crawl through
your attic or climb on your roof if necessary. Hopefully
you can recognize asbestos, lead paint, mold, and
other indoor air quality concerns.
It takes a lot of training and experience to perform
an accurate home inspection. Remember it is the most
important purchase you will likely make, so it might
be best to hire a qualified and experience home inspector
is brand new, why do I need a home inspector?
Common sense tells us that just because something
is new doesn’t mean that it is free from defects.
I have found that a county building inspector’s
inspection is not enough to give the new home buyer
piece of mind. These inspectors are not looking at
specific construction practices. They are not looking
at a new home through the buyers eyes to determine
if a home is going to be trouble free or will require
modification and repair in the future. Municipal or
county inspectors see 10 or 15 homes a day and are
primarily code inspectors. Anyone who has worked in
the construction industry can tell stories of short
cuts or human errors caused by late nights out with
the boys. Even on the best built homes details can
be overlooked. Building inspectors do not have the
time to look in every nook and cranny. So it is up
to you. The choice is yours. Is it worth jeopardizing
the biggest investment you will make to save a little
bit of money?
be at the home inspection?
Yes, it is very important for all buyers
to be on site during the home inspection. It is an
advantage for all concerned parties to be there from
beginning to end. It is easier to explain to the buyer
or buyers all about the home when on site. Appointments
are very flexible, we can find a time when all parties
can be on site together.
will the home inspection take?
Most single family homes depending on size
or condition average 2 to 3 hours. Larger homes or
multi-family homes can take longer. Condominiums may
take 1 to 2 hours. We are going to take as long as
it takes to do it properly.
the report reveals problems?
The number one reason for a home inspection
is to provide detailed information about the home.
Remember all homes have defects. There is no such
thing as a perfect home. My inspection report is not
a mandatory repair list. Sellers are not required
to produce a flawless house. Most repairs are subject
to give and take between you and the seller. There
is no obligation by law or contract. Sellers can refuse
any repair demands, except where requirements are
set forth by state law, local ordinance, or real estate
purchase. Contracts usually stipulate safety issues
be resolved, that fixtures are working, windows not
broken, and that there be no leaks in the roof or
the plumbing. Most sellers will address problems effecting
expensive systems such as HVAC, plumbing, or roofing.
An inspection report does not reflect a homes value.
It is a subjective report of its condition at the
time of inspection.
Will I be
able to walk through the property again, before the
In most cases, you will be given the opportunity
to inspect the home immediately prior to closing.
At this time it’s a good idea to check on everything
the seller agreed to have done. Check the conditions
of wall and ceilings after removal of window treatments,
pictures, and other furnishings.
How do I
schedule my home inspection?
You can contact me directly via e-mail or
telephone. Don’t put it off, sometimes time
is short when it comes to real estate transactions.
I do to prepare for my home inspection?
As the home inspector I need permission to
enter the property. So it is your responsibility,
the buyer, or your real estate agent to arrange through
the seller or their real estate agent to gain me access
to the home. It is also very helpful to notify the
seller to have all the utilities turned on. I must
have access to all areas, including the attic, garage,
and all the mechanical equipment.
Payment is due immediately upon completion
of the physical inspection. I accept cash, checks,
money orders, and travelers checks. I also accept Visa and Mastercard.
I have questions after my home inspection is complete?
If you have questions
before or after your inspections, my phone is available
from 8:00am until 9:00pm. Telephone consultations
are always free. I will be available to you as long
as you are in your home.