Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How long does a home inspection take?
A: Average size home requires 2½ hours to complete. The inspection report is e-mailed out to the buyer the next morning.
Q: What is a defect?
A: A defect refers to a component or system that is not working properly or poses a safety hazard to occupants or is at the end of its service life. Defect examples are a water heater tank that is leaking, roof damage, a broken window, a toilet that does not flush or an air conditioner that does not blow cold air.
Q: What if the home inspection fails?
A: Home inspections do not fail or pass homes. Each home system is inspected and reported on. For example, a 20 year old home may have a new and functional cooling and heating system, but have an original roof covering in poor condition that needs to be replaced now.
Q: Does the buyer have to attend the inspection?
A: No, but it is beneficial because the inspector can point out any defects or features that will be listed in the home inspection report.
Q: What if the Inspector recommends further evaluation of a system by a qualified contractor?
A: You should do it! Sometimes inspectors recommend further technical evaluation because the inspector is not required to diagnose the defect or specify how it should be repaired or how much the repair will cost.
Q: Who pays for the repairs?
A: It depends on the sales contract. Sometimes homes are sold “as is” and other times the seller is responsible or offers to perform repairs. Ask your Realtor how your contract is set up.
Q: When do I pay the home inspector?
A: You should plan on paying the home inspector before or during the home inspection. Please do not hesitate to call me with any other questions you may have about the home inspection process.
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