How long does a home inspection take?
A typical home inspection should take 2 to 3 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on. As a courtesy to sellers, we recommend that they be informed of the timeframe in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.
What do you look at?
We inspect the major systems and components of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior Components, Site Grading, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior Systems. Our goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer’s decision to purchase.
(Also, a note about dry rot)
What is included in the inspection?
- Complete home inspection conducted by an experienced professional with over 15 years experience in the Construction Industry.
- Comprehensive inspection report that includes links to explore additional maintenance topics and technical information about the home.
- Technical Support for as long as you own the home
Can I follow along?
Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop the inspector and ask questions as you go. If the inspector’s comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation.
What Should I Wear?
You should plan on wearing comfortable clothing that you would feel comfortable walking for 2 to 3 hours. You won’t need to worry about getting your clothes dirty because you don’t have to go on the roof or get in the crawlspace!
Can I Bring My Family?
Partners can bring their significant others but we recommend that children not attend. A home inspection is an investigation into the current condition of the residence and requires the complete attention of the inspector.
Do I get a Written Report? When?
You do receive a written report. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things we cover during a home inspection. Our reports are illustrated, interactive, and full of additional useful technical information. The report also includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. It is emailed within 24 hours after the inspection and in most cases is available on the same day.
Will You Offer Advice on Buying The House?
No. Our goal is to report on the condition of the house at the day and time of the inspection, indicating potential repair issues and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is a very important tool in making that decision but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors regarding your next home purchase.
Do You Offer A Warranty On The House?
A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information at a given moment in time. It’s a little like getting a check-up from your doctor: It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty. An inspection is a limited observation not a technically exhaustive procedure.
Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house – they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don’t leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed and exposed. As such, we cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.
What about Mold?
Please visit our Blog Post about everything you need to know when purchasing your home.
What are your Inspectors Qualifications?
James is a graduate of the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) school. He is a Habitat for Humanity East Jefferson County Construction Committee Member, Jefferson County Home Builders Association Member. His knowledge and experience are valuable assets to help inform you of the current condition of your new home.
James is fully licensed with the State of Washington and is a member in good standing.
We keep our skills current with continuing education programs. We literally study building science and topics relevant to the home inspection industry so that we can offer the most thorough home inspection available to you!