We do this everyday, but we realize you might only work with a home inspector a few times in your life. So, don't fret if you're not clear on what we do, and why a home inspection is needed. Here are our replies to some of the most common questions we've received over the years.

No. The code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) prohibits members from doing repair work on properties we inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the home inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home. We recommend several service providers who can fix some of the problems we uncover.

Chances are that even if you're familiar with home construction, you still don't have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional home inspector. We've inspected thousands of homes. We are not only familiar with all the systems of a home and how they work and need to be maintained, but we also know what to look for to tell us that they are getting ready to fail. Beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional home inspector, it is important to remember that we are an impartial third party. If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it's impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house. We provide an objective report detailing the facts.

No home is perfect, and even new homes need a professional inspection. We can spot potential problems early while they are still easy to correct. It's especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished. As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or not done good work.

Don't be a seller that "waits for the verdict" when the buyer's home inspector is at your listing. You can take charge and know the status of your house even before you put it on the market. We offer a $270 pre-listing inspection for sellers who want to know what a home inspector might uncover. This gives you time to budget and fix any issues that may be uncovered - or place your house on the market at a fair price and full disclosure of the status of your house. You'll gain trust with your buyers. And even if you choose not to fix anything, a pre-listing can still hope your process go faster. Schedule a pre-listing inspection.

Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems, before you buy, gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions. We hate it when we see deals drop because of a home inspection but are always grateful end the end for the buyer. Initially it might seem like a waste of money to have a home inspection on a house you don't end up buying. However, look at it as an investment you just made to save you thousands of money in the long run. Homeowners who've passed on their first house because of a home inspection only to find a better listing with fewer problems have been so thankful in the end for their initial inspection - even if they didn't end up buying the house.

A home inspection is a way to get a handle on the current status of any home from an unbiased, trained expert. No home is perfect. And when you're about to buy a home, or sell your home, you need to know the current status of each mechanical and structural system. We visually inspect all areas of a home from the roof to the basement, and everything in between. We identify potential problems that could affect a buyer's decision, or hold up a seller's listing.

Learn more about our "12 Step" new home inspection.

Not technically, but we ask that you join us on the home inspection. Part of our service is educating you about your new home. You can ask us questions and we'll teach you maintenance tips. We promise you're not bothering us.

The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 2-3 hours is pretty typical. But for larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.

It's important to read up on your home inspector and know their certification before you hire them. Our advice - use an ASHI certified inspector. They've taken tests and classes to be the best in the industry. Other than our certifications, we offer the best experience when it comes to your home inspection:

  • Education during your inspection. Walk around you house with us. We want to show you where everything is, how to maintain it, and what to do if you have a problem.
  • Free Recall Checks - we'll log all of the appliances in the home so that you get an alert if one of them happens to be recalled.
  • We Get on the Roof - We walk every square footage of the roof ourselves and don't just eyeball it from your front lawn.
  • We've been ranked as one of Angie's Lists's Super Service Providers for several years in a row.

No, there are no laws requiring that a buyer or seller hire a home inspector. However we recommend a home inspection for every home buyer. And we recommend that sellers get a pre-listing inspection to make their process go quicker and faster. A buyer can request an "inspection contingency" to be part of the contract, meaning that the deal will not go through if the inspection uncovers issues the buyer isn't comfortable with. There is extreme value in a home inspection and we don't advise buying a house without one.

We understand that real estate process can be pricey. We see clients juggling the cost of appraisals, furniture, closing costs and more. However, it's CRITICAL to not look at the home inspection as another cost and "optional." Because a house is one of the largest purchases you'll ever make, you need to know as much as possible about your investment. Plus, a home inspection can let you know if the house is a good investment or a bad one. Some homes we inspect only have minor repairs needed and are in great shape. Others have major issues like foundation cracks or exterior issues that will cost thousands in repairs. It's best to know the status of the largest purchase you'll ever make before it's too late.

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