Frequently Asked Questions
Your Home Inspection
- Where and what does the inspection look for?
- How long does an inspection take?
- Who can attend the inspection?
- What about Covid-19 concerns?
- What kind of report do you provide?
- What is your fee and what do I get?
Water runs downhill. Water in the wrong place is the enemy of homes. The number one challenge is keeping moisture where it needs to be, not inside the structure and walls. For this reason, the inspection begins with the roof and exterior. We start by taking in a big picture view of the building and how the surrounding property may affect the structure. Then we get up close, looking from the top down. We view the roof covering for damage and wear, paying special attention to known trouble spots such as flashing and any protrusion through the roofing material.
Working our way down the house we inspect under the eaves, windows, doors, patios, decks, walkway, landscaping and foundation.Then we head indoors and take a close look at the major systems of the home such as the heating, cooling and electrical systems. All accessible areas are inspected, including the attic and crawl spaces, on the hunt for signs of trouble, present or past. We test plumbing fixtures looking for leaks, poor connections and potential problems. Electrical outlets and panels are inspected and tested, and we look for old or abandoned wiring and adequate insulation throughout. We use specialized tools, including digital moisture meter and infrared camera imaging, to thoroughly investigate suspect areas.
Home inspections usually require 2½ to 4½ hours to complete depending on the size and age of the home. I take the time to ensure a comprehensive inspection is performed regardless of the size, age or condition. A full report is then delivered within 24 hours (often within 4 hours) of the inspection. This easy to read, industry leading report includes detailed pictures, recommendations, maintenance lists and most importantly, issues that need near future or immediate attention.
Many clients will want to be present during the entire inspection. However, if the client, agent or owner is following along during the inspection, the inspector can easily be distracted with discussion which can lead to items being missed or rushed through, and actually makes the entire process longer, more difficult and potentially less complete.
While I will certainly accommodate client’s who wish to tag along, my advice and preference is that the buyer arrive during the last 30-60 minutes of the scheduled time. In this way I can review any potential items while taking the buyer for a tour of my findings, explaining any of the house’s systems that the buyer is not familiar with and generally discussing various topics of interest along the way. In addition I am always available to review the report via Zoom if more discussion, advice or questions are desired. While my guarantee is your finalized report within 24 hours, my target is within 4 hours or less. Often the report is ready within an hour of the inspection.
You may choose to stay isolated from the event due to the current pandemic. In this case I will go through your report step by step over the phone, via video conference or at a separate meeting of your choice.
During the inspection, all PPE precautions are taken including masks, distancing and hand sanitation.
The safety of all parties is of greatest importance. I reserve the right to cancel or postpone the inspection if the home owner or residents report suspected or confirmed exposure to Covid-19. This will be discussed during the Home Inspection Agreement signing process prior to the inspection.
A detailed report is produced as a result of the inspection and includes maintenance information, tips and check lists. During and/or after the inspection personable discussions are geared to assist the home owner in being informed about the house they own, or are considering owning.
Your inspection will be completely documented with photos, sketches, descriptions, limitations and recommendations. This report will be available within 24 hours, emailed to you to view online, download and print. Included in the report is a digital Homeowners book explaining everything you need to know about a home and how it works, including links to technical references and diagrams.
Single family home $400.00 Mobile homes $325.00 Multiplex buildings start at $550.00
- Inspection on site of approximately 3 to 4 hours
- Moisture meter testing as required
- Infrared analysis as required
- Operational examination of Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical systems.
- Performance inspection of Structural, Roofing, Interior and Exterior
- Full report within 24 hours (target time is 4 hours after inspection completes)
- Digital Homeowners Book
I will always be available to answer your inspection related questions for as long as you own the home