Buying or selling a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, a checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this, combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself, makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?
Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies for various systems and components, and minor imperfections. These are useful to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure;
things that lead to major defects, such as a small roof-flashing leak, for example;
things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home; and
safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electrical panel.
Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).
Do you do repairs or recommend contractors?
No. I am a certified home inspector expert and am not in the contracting or construction field. My job is to identify any possible problems and give advice.
Can you provide images or video?
Yes, photos and FLIR thermal images are included in all home inspections at no additional cost. Video is available at additional cost.
Will I get a written report?
Yes. A comprehensive written inspection report will be emailed to you within 24 hours upon the completion of the inspection. I will gladly provide a print version of the report upon request.
In the event I have concerns prior to closing, can I contact you?
Yes. I can be reached by phone, email or text between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.
Am I required to have a home inspection?
No, but buying a home will probably be the largest single purchase you will make. Getting a home inspection from a certified, insured, and experienced home inspector is an invaluable tool to protect you from potential safety concerns and can alert you to potential expensive future repairs in your home.
Do I have to come with on the inspection?
No, but I highly recommend and encourage you to do so. This is your chance to learn about the mechanical workings of your home and ask any questions you may have about the property. A typical inspection can last from 2-4 hours. If you can't make it to the entire inspection, just come for a little bit. I'll do my best to schedule an inspection time that is convenient for you.
Who pays for the home inspection / When and how do I pay?
The client who's name is on the inspection report pays at the end of the inspection appointment. I accept VISA, Master Card, Discover Card, and American Express, cash, check or PayPal.