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Frequently Asked Questions
Most contracts have an inspection period of 10 days or less, but this depends on the real estate market. Your realtor will know what time frame is best for the current conditions. We’ve seen inspection periods range from 2-14 days. So, it’s best to line up a home inspector to ensure a timely inspection and not break the terms of your contract.
The home inspection takes about 2-3 hours for an average home and will increase in length based on the size, age, and condition of the home. During the inspection, we will check all major systems and structural components of the home. After the inspection is completed, you will receive a detailed report with pictures and videos explaining the home’s condition that night. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the findings in the report I’m always available to take about the report.
The answer is “Yes” – but with a catch. During a home inspection, we will examine “Major Appliances” that will be sold with the home, such as:
- Water heaters
- Furnaces (or other heaters)
- AC systems
- Stoves and Ovens
- Fireplaces and chimney
Any appliance that is “built-in”, like a dishwasher cannot be removed or any appliance included in the sale of the home will be tested for basic function and safety.
This is a limited inspection and only the basic function is tested. An example would be oven and range. The range will be turned on high to ensure all burners turn on and the oven will be preheated to 350 degrees to insure it heats up but we do not test the other functions or features of the oven i.e. Broil, convection, or steam.
So yes, but only for basic function and safety. If you want a more in-depth evaluation of the appliances then we recommend hiring an appliance technician to fully evaluate the condition and function of the appliances.
We encourage buyers to attend but please don’t bother the inspector to much as this may cause us to miss something on your new home. It’s a great time to measure for appliances or furniture weather you’re bringing you own or buying new. It’s also a great time to look around and see if you notice anything you might have questions about in the home.
If you can’t attend the inspection it’s not a big deal as our report will cover everything you need to know about the home. Once you review the report with your realtor feel free to give us a call with any questions you might have.
As your home inspector, we pay close attention to the big 5 systems (Structure, Roof, Plumbing, Electrical, and HVAC) of the home but also to the small details that can lead us to discover bigger issues hiding within.
- Old or missing Smoke and CO Detectors
- Bad or faulty Outlets
- Missing GFCI’s
- Old or failing HVAC systems and Water Heaters
- Leaking pipes
- Failed Window Spring Balances
- Leaking Faucets or Toilets
- Downspouts discharging too close to the foundation
- Failed Caulking and Deteriorated Paint
- Cracking Stucco
- Failed Window Seals
- Poor Grading and Moisture Management
- Outdated & Faulty Electrical Wiring
- Door alignment, seal, and hardware issues
Yes, being present is a great time to learn about your potential purchase! By attending the inspection you can feel even more confident knowing you’re getting a thorough inspection. This also allows your home inspector to explain and show any issues in-person to help you understand them better. It’s also a great time to address any concerns you might have found during the inspection and bring them to the inspector’s attention.
Ask us any questions of the current condition of the home and how to better maintain it. Have your inspector help educate you on your future home as it’s our job. This is all typically covered in our thorough report but sometimes it’s easier to see examples in person. Don’t focus on minor cosmetic issues and ask us our professional opinion on what problems really are a concern of your future home.
A home inspector should examine your entire home from the top to bottom. Inside of the home, we will move room by room including the crawl space and attic. This is how we identify structural and major system flaws including anything safety-related. Now cosmetic issues are not required to be mentioned as they are not part of the standards of practice but we make an effort to note as many as possible. As home inspectors, it is our job to best protect the client’s health, pocketbook, and investment.
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Buying a home can be stressful, especially with the short inspection period during closing. That’s why we guarantee your full inspection report within 24 hours of inspection or your money back.