Q. Who needs a home inspection?
A. Buyers and sellers. If you're buying a home,
pre-owned or new, an inspection tells you the condition of the property.
That way, there are no surprises after you already own the home.
If you purchased a new home and it still has a warranty from the
builder, it's a good idea to have a home inspection before it expires.
It's a rare case that even a new home doesn't have some problems that were
overlooked by the builder. Those repairs or corrections easily exceed the
cost of an inspection. If you catch them prior to warranty expiration,
your warranty should cover them.
Sellers benefit by knowing the condition of their home before they
place it on the market. Then, any needed repairs can be made prior to
listing. A sellers inspection can also be used as a comparison to what the
buyer's inspector finds.
Q. How long does a inspection take?
A. Anywhere from three to five hours depending on the
condition of the property, the number of services you've requested and the
size of the home.
Q. What type of report do I receive?
A. You'll receive your full report the next day, and
your preliminary summary report the same day right on the
premises! You'll also receive a high quality final summary and
full report emailed the same containing 30-50 pages and 75-125 color
digital photos, depending on the services requested and on the
condition of the property.
Q. Should my Realtor receive a copy of your report?
A. Yes. Your realtor can assist you in determining if
any items in the report are significant enough to warrant re-negotiation
with the seller. Having your realtor review the report also insures that
you both are "on the same page" at the closing.
Q. Should I be present for the home inspection?
A. Yes, I encourage you to plan to attend the entire
inspection. There are always items in the inspection that can best be
explained on-site. I will include them in the report of course, but your
presence at the property always makes it easier for you to understand
important information about the property. But, don't worry if you cannot
be present. The report is easy to understand and if you have any question,
answers are simply a phone call away.
Q. Are you available to answer questions about the property or report
after I close and move into the home?
A. Yes, I will be happy to assist you any way I can in
clarifying the information I present in the report even after you've moved
in and settled down to enjoy your new home for a whole year after the
Q. Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?
A. Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home
is important. I can spot potential problems early, while they are still
easy to correct. Itís especially valuable to arrange an inspection before
the interior walls are finished. I may find problem areas where the
builder has taken shortcuts or not done quality work.
Q. Do I really need to have the home tested for Radon gas?
A. Yes. Our Government is sometimes a bit
wasteful and overly aggressive in their recommendations. But when it
comes to Radon, they are absolutely valid in their
recommendations. Here's what they say:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Consumer Federation
of America (CFA) strongly recommend that ALL home buyers test for the
presence of elevated Radon gas. Radon, a Class A carcinogen, is
the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Based on
recent reports from the National Academy of Sciences, the EPA estimates
21,000 Americans die of Radon induced lung cancer every year. The
American Association of Radon Scientists and Technology (AARST) estimate
10 million homes and 38 million Americans are at risk from dangerous
Radon exposure. Families may be at even higher risk if there is a smoker
in the home. The EPA recommends remediation if Radon levels are 4
picoCuries (pCI/l) or higher.
It's also important to realize that there are two ways to test for
Radon. One is subject to tampering while the test is being conducted
and the other is not because the technology records any movement to the
testing device. This is extremely important in any real
estate transaction. I test for Radon using the current,
tamper-evident, technology. Testing this way assures you that
the reading is accurate and that the reading is for the air in which the
device was placed. Please visit my Radon Information page and the "links"
page on this web site for more information about Radon gas.
Q. Should I have a warranty inspection after being in my house for 11
A. Yes. A warranty inspection will identify future
problems while they are still under the builder's warranty. Problems can
be discovered before your warranty expires and you'll avoid having to pay
for the repairs.
Q. Why canít I do the inspection myself?
A. Chances are that even if you are very familiar with
home construction, you still donít have the knowledge, training and
experience of a professional Home Inspector. I'm not only familiar with
all the systems of a home-and how they work and need to be maintained-but
we also know what to look for to determine if they're about to fail. Also
consider this-when you are involved in buying or selling a house, itís
impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and
this may cloud your judgment. Your professional inspector will provide an
objective, unbiased view of the property.
Q. Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?
A. No. The code of ethics of The National Association
of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) prohibits its members from soliciting
repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never
be any conflict of interest on the part of the inspector. My purpose is to
provide an unbiased, objective report on the condition of the home.