Q. What Do You Inspect during a full home inspection?
For single family homes, we inspect all of the home's systems, including the roof, structure, interior, exterior, plumbing, electrical, and heating and air conditioning (HVAC).
A condo inspection generally involves only the interior of the property. A condominium owner is typically not responsible for areas outside the condominium walls. Common elements like the roof, attic, and exterior surfaces are usually the responsibility of the condominium association. Please contact your condo association for more information regarding their specific policies.
All of our inspections conform to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors Standards of Practice.
Q. How long will a full home inspection take?
Most inspections take between two and four hours, depending on property size and condition. Very large homes, older homes, and homes with multiple HVAC systems typically require a bit more time.
Q. WHAT IS A WALK-AND-TALK Consultation?
During a walk-and-talk consultation we will identify the total electrical capacity of the property, the age of the major appliances, identify the water service entrance plumbing material, and spot check electrical outlets and plumbing fixtures. Walk-and-talk consultations take approximately 1.5 hours. A walk-and-talk consultation is not a home inspection and is limited in scope.
Q. Anything I should Know Before the Inspection?
In order to complete the inspection in a timely manner, please work with your real estate agent or home-seller to ensure that all utilities are on and all areas of the property are accessible for inspection. Please be aware that we cannot inspect some heating and air conditioning systems under certain weather conditions, as doing so may damage components.
Q. What about During the Inspection?
You are encouraged to attend the inspection, take notes, and ask questions relating to any aspect of the property. Our job is to ensure you have a full understanding of all of the home's systems, their condition, and any material defects or recommended repairs.
Q. When will I be given a report?
You will receive an electronic copy of your report via e-mail within 24 hours. Most reports are sent the same day. Your report will include full-color photos to help you understand any issues or items in need of repair.
All reports include a copy of Homexam's The User Friendly Home, a comprehensive home maintenance guide. This reference book covers all of your home's systems, including structure, exterior, interior, roof, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC.
Q. Should I get a radon test?
Ionizing radiation from radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon testing and remediation can help protect you and your loved-ones from this silent killer.
For more information on radon testing and remediation, see the EPA's Citizen's Guide to Radon.
We are Certified Radon Professionals by AARST-NRPP, the nation's leading professional radon certification program.
Q. How can I make my home safe for little ones?
The safety of you and your family is our first priority. The Safe Home Book provides essential tips for providing a safe living environment for the whole family.
Q. How LONG will my appliances last?
InterNachi’s Life Expectancy Chart chart details the predicted life expectancy of appliances, products, materials, systems, and components.