How long does a home inspection take?
A typical inspection should take 2 to 3 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on. As a courtesy to sellers, we recommend that they be informed of the time frame in a pre purchase home inspection situation.
What do we look at?
We inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. Our goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase.
How much does an inspection cost?
Our typical fee ranges between $250 to $500. However, some factors will affect the fee. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the deciding factor unless the level of service offered is identical. Remember, you are considering a major purchase, your choice of a home inspector should be based on the most comprehensive inspection, not just the best price.
What is included in the fee?
Can I follow along?
Please. We encourage you to attend. The inspection is a valuable learning experience for many homebuyers.
Do I have to take notes?
No. We will document everything in our inspection report. It is much better to follow the inspector throughout the inspection, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It is also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you.
Can I ask questions?
Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop the inspector as you go. If the inspectors comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanations.
What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 1/2 hours walking with the inspector. You won't have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes will not get dirty.
Do you recommend we bring our family?
We recommend that you not bring your family; this is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on the inspectors comments- the fewer the distractions, the better.
When will I receive the Home Inspection Report?
Within 24 hours. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things that we covered in a home inspection. Our report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. The inspection report will be emailed within 24 hours.
If it's really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?
No. Our goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important, but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play.
Do you offer a warranty on the house?
A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less than complete information. It is a little like getting a check up from your doctor: It improves your odds at good health, but there is no guarantee or warranty.
Some problems can only be experienced by living in a house - they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower, but don't leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved, or finishes are removed. As such, we cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.
Home warranty programs are available. We recommend your agent assist you in contacting a warranty company.
What are your inspectors qualifications?
Our inspectors are graduates of the ASHI School of Home Inspections, are certified by ASHI, and have passed the NAHI National Home Inspection Certification Exam.
We are certified members of the ASHI. We strongly recommend that you only use ASHI certified inspectors.
Our inspectors also keep their skills current with continuing education both through the company and on their own.
How many days notice do I have to give you?
We maintain very flexible schedules as a service to our customers and will schedule accordingly.
How do I book an inspection?
It is easy to book an inspection with us. Simply call our office at (951)323-6090 and we will be happy to set up an appointment that fits your schedule. We are always available. Call us 24/7.
For your convenience you can also request an inspection through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.