Frequently Asked Questions
I follow the InterNACHI Standards of Practice. The following are some of the many items I will be inspecting:
- Foundation, Crawlspace and/or Basement
- Chimneys, Fireplaces and Stoves
- Roof systems
- Water heater
- Electrical capacity and components
- Electrical panel and sub-panels
- Walks and driveways
- Built-in appliances
- Structural integrity
- Steps and stairs
- Heating system
- Central Air Conditioning system
- Plumbing System and Fixtures
- Carports, Patios and Balconies
- Surface drainage
- Windows and doors
- Gutters and downspouts
- Laundry room
- Sump pumps
- Able to identify defects that cannot be found through a visual inspection.
- Technically exhaustive.
- A county code inspection.
- A certification of property or its components.
- Looking for aesthetic issues that amount to a matter of taste or preference.
- Able to assess the market value of the home.
- A source of advice as to whether or not you should buy the home.
- Capable of communicating the life expectancy of the property or components.
If you are aware of your home's defects prior to selling the home, you can be more prepared to make any necessary repairs, potentially increasing the market value.
You can also stay ahead of any surprises that come up during the stressful selling process and be more prepared for any negotiating you need to do with the buyers.
What are their qualifications?
Are they certified? By whom?
Do they carry professional Errors and Ommissions/Liability insurance?
Do they offer a buy-back guarantee?
How do their prices compare to other certified inspectors?
What exactly is included in the report?
Do you have sample reports I can view?
How long does the inspection last?
I base my pricing on the square footage of your home. I can usually access that data online when you fill in the online scheduler. My fee structure is available on our Pricing page.
- Provides a summary and detailed view of the property’s attributes—both negative and positive.
- Includes annotated photos of the property taken during the inspection, along with a description of what was observed.
- Should give you the information needed to make an informed decision regarding your perspective property.
- You will receive your report within 48 hours after the inspection.
Home buyers typically schedule an inspection once their offer on the home has been accepted, but before closing. Many contracts between the seller and buyer include conditions where the buyer can back out if the home inspection reveals major defects. The report also serves as a useful tool for negotiating any repairs or credits the sellers should make prior to closing.
Home sellers should get an inspection prior to putting their home on the market so that they can identify any repairs on issues that may otherwise scare off buyers. The report can also aid in identifying repairs that could increase the market value of the home.
That would pose a pretty major conflict of interest. According to InterNACHI's Code of Ethics:
The InterNACHI member shall not perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or associated services to the structure for which the member or member's company has prepared a home inspection report for a period of 12 months. This provision shall not include services to components and/or systems that are not included in the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.
An inspector should not benefit financially from what they include or exclude from their reports.
Here’s how this program works:
- It's valid for home inspections performed for home buyers only by participating InterNACHI® members.
- The home must be listed for sale with a licensed real estate agent.
- The Guarantee excludes homes with material defects not present at the time of the inspection, or not required to be inspected, per InterNACHI's Residential Standards of Practice.
- The Guarantee will be honored for 90 days after closing.
- InterNACHI will pay you whatever price you paid for the home.
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.
You cannot see, smell or taste radon. But it still may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
“This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements [are at risk for elevated radon levels].” – EPA – “A Citizen’s Guide to Radon”
You should test for radon.
Testing is the only way to find out your home's radon levels. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.
You can fix a radon problem.
If you find that you have high radon levels, there are ways to fix a radon problem. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
Just like smoking cigarettes, it is not certain you will obtain lung cancer from high radon levels.
However, a radon level above 4.0pCi/L is proven to result in lung cancer; in fact, it is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. By not mitigating high levels, you are only exponentially increasing your chances.