Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do inspectors have to be licensed? Some states require licensing while other do not. New York State require inspectors to be licensed and Insured.
Q: Why Do I Need A Home Inspection? A Home Inspection is for your security and piece of mind. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, knowing its condition ensures you a fair and smooth transaction. Also, because you (as a buyer or seller) may not know everything you should about the condition of the roof, chimney, siding, trim, attic ventilation, electrical wiring, plumbing furnace, and air conditioner, or other items in the home.
Q: How long should a home inspection take to perform? The average home inspection takes between two hours to four hours to perform. Of course, this entirely dependent on the building’s size and age, the type of inspection being performed, the equipment used by the inspector, and what the inspector includes as part of their inspection service
Q: What Is A Home Inspection? A home Inspection is a visual examination of the readily accessible systems and components of a home.
Q: What will the inspection cover? A thorough Inspection covers everything from roof to the foundation. Grading, drainage, driveways, sidewalks, decks, porches, gutters, siding and trim, soffits, roof, flashing ventilation, floors, walls ceilings, windows, doors, plumbing fixtures, garage doors, openers, attic, roof support, insulation, heating, cooling, electrical, plumbing and more.
Q: Can A House Fail The Inspection? No. A professional home inspector does not issue a pass or fail grade on a home. A professional home inspection is a visual examination of the current condition of the prospective home. The home inspector will describe the physical condition of the home and indicate what may need repair or replacement.
Q: Should I be present for the home inspection? Yes, I encourage you to attend the inspection or at least the end for a summary. There are always items in the inspection that can best be explained on-site. I will include them in the report, but your presence at the property makes it easier for you to understand important information about the home
Q: How important is the inspection report? The inspection report is extremely important as it represents the inspector’s findings in printable form and provides the client with a permanent record of the inspection. In short, the report is the record of the inspection. Different inspectors use different methods to generate reports. Some inspectors literally write their reports in pencil while others may use a checklist form. Our inspectors are generating reports using sophisticated reporting software which allows photos to be inserted into the report and comments to be generated quickly
Q: Are you available to answer questions after I close and move into the home? Yes, I will be happy to assist you any way I can in clarifying the information I present in the report. Even after you’ve moved in and settled down to enjoy your new home. I am available to you, for as long as you own the home, to offer unbiased advice and recommendations.
Q: Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection? No. My purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective report on the condition of the home. The code of ethics prohibits its members from soliciting repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest.
Q: How Much Does An Inspection Cost? The price of the inspection varies based on the size of the home. Larger homes take longer to inspect, therefore the fees for these homes are greater than those for a smaller home. However, don’t let the price of the inspection determine whether or not you get a home inspection or the selection of your home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. Qualifications including experience, training, and professional affiliations should be the most important consideration.
Q: Why are inspectors sometimes called deal killers? The term “deal killer” refers to inspectors whose findings, after an inspection is performed and reported in writing, motivate a real estate buyer to avoid moving forward with the transaction. This is usually the result of making a bigger deal of the smallest issues than is necessary. Of course, no inspector can know what findings will result in “killing” a deal as the decision to buy, or not, ultimately belongs to the client. Sometimes, a deal can be “killed” by the seller not being willing to fix something or the two agents not being able to negotiate terms between their clients. Contrary to the negative nature of the name, the “deal killer” inspector is gaining popularity as the buyer’s inspector-of-choice due to their protective nature towards their clients and attention to details. Many buyer’s agents are beginning to show a growing appreciation for “deal killer” inspectors as such inspectors help agents to avoid potential liabilities associated with the transaction.