Over 15 years of Utility industry experience
MBA and Electrical Engineering (MEng&BA) backgrounds
How long does the 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 timeframe in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.
What do you examine?
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 for an inspection varies by the size of home and types of inspections requested by the buyer. 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 and your choice of home inspector should be based on getting the best value, not just the best price. In general, the inspection fee is following:
Condo/Townhome: $200 - $500
Single Family Home: $500 - $700 (up to 2,000 sq ft)
Single Family Home: $700 - $850 (up to 3,500 sq ft) : $100 per sq ft over 3,500 sq ft
Multi-Family Home (2-4 units): call for pricing
Radon (with the home inspection): $100
What is included in the fee?
Complete home inspection conducted by an experienced professional.
Comprehensive written home inspection report.
Radon/Mold tests will be additional as requested
Can I follow along?
Definitely. We encourage you to attend. The inspection is a valuable learning experience for most homebuyers.
Can I bring my family?
We recommend that you not bring your family; this is a technical evaluation, and you will be interacting with the inspector — the fewer distractions, the better.
Do I have to take notes?
You don't have to take notes during the inspection. We will document everything in a written report. It's much better to follow the inspector through, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It's 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 that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop the inspector and ask questions as you go. If the inspector's comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for clarification.
What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 1/2 hours walking through the home with the inspector. You won't have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes won't get dirty.
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. Your real estate professional can help you here.
Do you offer a warranty on the house?
A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information. It's a little like getting a check-up from your doctor. It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty. Some problems can only be discovered 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 from others. We would be happy to help you contact a warranty company.
Are you members of any professional organization?
Our inspectors are state licensed and members of professional organization. Our team of inspectors has years of experience in the industry and is certified by reputable organizations such as the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Please see more details on the webpage, "ABOUT".