A Home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of a residential dwelling, which is designed to identify observed material defects within specific components of said dwelling. The general home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection. A home inspection is intended to assist in evaluation of the overall condition of the dwelling. The inspection is based on observation of the visible and apparent condition of the structure and its components on the date of the inspection and not the determination of future conditions.
The home inspector inspects the following items:
- The Electrical System
- The Heater/Boiler System
- The Plumbing System
- The Foundation / Framing
- The Roof
- Walls and Ceilings
- Windows and Doors
- The Siding
- Basement/Crawl Spaces
- Interior – Water Penetration
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. Would you purchase a new $500,000.00 home without an inspection? Surprisingly many people do. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase.
If you are planning to sell your home, you should have an inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer’s inspector, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, its age, and possible additional services, such as septic, well, or radon testing. It is a good idea to check local prices on your own.
However, do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection, or in the selection of your home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. The inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration.
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home or current home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.
An inspection can be cancelled at any time prior to the date of the inspection. Cancellation notices can be sent via email (preferred), or voicemail. For faster response, send an email to our office at email@example.com. To avoid cancellation charges (50% of the home inspection fee), either notify us at least 2 business days prior to the inspection, or schedule another appointment in place of the first. Cancellation notices sent after close of business on Fridays (5pm), will be treated as being received the following Monday.
A full Refund will be issued on inspections cancelled with a minimum 2 business days advance notice. Cancellations with less than 2 business days advance notice, will be issued a full credit towards another inspection. Same day cancellations that do not reschedule will be charged 50% of the total invoice amount. No refunds will be issued after one of the inspectors arrives on site. Credits may be issued on a case by case basis.
In the event an inspection has to be rescheduled, The Office must be notified at least 1 business day prior to the inspection date and time. Same day rescheduling will incur a trip charge of equal to 25% of the total invoice, must be paid prior to the rescheduled inspection date.
The inspection report is issued within 24hrs of the inspection completion time Monday thru Friday (excluding Holidays and weekends). If reports are needed sooner, please discuss with our office, depending on circumstances we sometime deliver same day. This applies to the home inspection only, does not apply to special services (e..g. Radon etc.).