Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a home at the time of the inspection. It is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components of the home.
What does a home inspection cover?
A basic home inspection is a visual inspection of actual condition of the roof, exterior, interior, structural, built-in appliances, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, fireplaces, garage, crawl space, and foundation. We follow a combined Standards of Practice adopted by the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) and State Standards for the Tennessee Home Inspector Licensing Program. For detailed information on what is included please click on the links below:
Do I really need a home inspection?
A home inspection is one of the most important steps you can take to make sure your new home is a sound investment and a safe place to live. Having a professional home inspector inspect your home gives you an unbiased assessment of your home’s condition along with giving you a clear picture of how your home is put together and how it works.
Why can’t I do the home inspection myself?
A professional home inspector’s job is to give you an unbiased assessment of the home you are purchasing. You probably already have a home in mind and very likely have a contract to purchase that home by the time you need a home inspector. No doubt you are thinking of how to make the house your home… envisioning your family living there or renovations and improvements you can make. You like the house and you are ready for it to be yours. At this point it is no doubt going to be very difficult to recognize problem areas in your new home. Even as a professional home inspector, I would hire home inspector to inspect a home I was buying because I know I would not be able to view the home with an unbiased eye. You need to know as much as you can about the home – the good and the not so good – in order to make a well-informed and confident decision.
How long will the inspection take?
It depends but the typical home inspection last between 2 and 3 hours. Some of the factors that affect the time are: the age of the home, the condition of the home, if the home is furnished, and if extra time is needed to describe the conditions of the house, and what options you have for repairs that might be needed.
Should I come to the inspection?
Yes! We encourage all our clients to be present and part of the inspection. This is your chance to ask question directly to the inspector while you’re in the home. The information you get while talking to the inspector and being part of the inspection is invaluable and will help you understand and use your inspection report to the fullest.
How much does the home inspection cost?
The price of a home inspection depends on the size, age, and condition of the home. That being said, a typical home inspection runs around 400 dollars.
What if the home inspection reveals some problems with the home?
The first thing to do is relax. No home is perfect and the inspection is not a pass or fail situation. More than likely your home is in great condition and only needs a few minor repairs. Most homes are like this and most of the repairs are easily made. Sometimes the home inspection does reveal major defects in the home, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy the home – even major defects can be corrected, usually sooner and cheaper than expected. This is your chance to take the information gained from the home inspection to be well-informed and confident in your decision. You may want to go back to the seller to get the problems corrected or re-negotiate the contract price to reflect the actual conditions of the home.
My house is brand new, why do I need a home inspection?
A new home doesn’t mean a perfect home. Most of the contractors and building officials I know do a great job of making sure your home is built right, but unintentional or overlooked items are still a reality. Having an independent and unbiased home inspector inspect your home is a safety net to make sure your home is as perfect as it can be. Little items that can be easily left out during the construction phase can have major impacts on you once you are on the hook to pay for them. We will inspect your new home and give you the information to get any problems fixed now before you are the one responsible for it.
Do I need to do anything before the home inspection?
There are a few things that you will need to do:
- Read and sign the Inspection Agreement. You can do this online.
- If you are using a Realtor, we will need their contact information.
- Let us know the address of the home to be inspected and the contact information of the seller.
- Let us know when you need the inspection by and what your closing date is.
Have other questions about your home or home inspection? Give us a call! We are glad to help you in any way we can.