Frequently Asked Questions
10 Questions to Ask a Home Inspector
- 1. Are you a member of the National or International Association of Home Inspectors (NACHI) or (InterNACHI)?Certification ensures that the inspector meets strict guidelines and adheres to industry standards set forth by the largest and most reputable home inspection organization in the country (unlike other Inspector Associations or Societies that accept anyone who pays a membership fee). YES – All inspectors are certified by, and active members of InterNACHI. They adhere to Standards of Practice, abide by a Code of Ethics, and attend required continuing education courses.
- 2. What are your qualifications?Inspectors’ experience should not be specialized. They should have a comprehensive knowledge of all areas of residential structures and components. An electrician is not qualified to inspect plumbing; a plumber shouldn’t inspect HVAC, etc.
All inspectors are specifically experienced in all areas of residential inspection & required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education per year.
- 3. Do you have a current license?YES, But that is a minimum requirement. Anything less would be illegal. This is why question numbers 1 & 2 are so important.
- 4. What specifically will the inspection cover?
- Site Grounds & Grading Roofing Components Electrical Systems & Components
- Lot Area Soffit & Fascia Heating & Cooling System
- Foundation Gutters & Downspouts Plumbing Systems
- Porches, Decks, Patios Interior Components Attic & Attic Access
- Exterior & Structure Walls, Floors & Ceilings Insulation Exterior Walls Interior Surfaces Garage/Carport
- Doors & Windows Kitchen & Bathrooms Pool + Deck, Equipment, & Enclosure*
- Seawall, Dock & Boat Lift* Well Water Equipment* Out-buildings, Etc.*
* additional cost
- 5. How long does the inspection take?The average for a single inspector is two to three hours for a typical single-family home. Our inspectors are very experienced and proficient, so they may finish earlier. However, they will take as long as needed to do a thorough inspection.
- 6. Can we accompany you on the inspection? Yes—you absolutely may accompany our inspector(s) during the inspection. Our professional inspectors are not only experienced and knowledgeable, but also friendly, approachable, and well-spoken. However, it is not a requirement. Our inspection report is very thorough and easy to read. We don’t consider a job to be complete until all of your questions are answered.
- 7. How long will it take to receive your inspection report, once the inspection is completed? Our report will be delivered within 24 hours (usually the same day).
- 8. Can you send a copy of the inspection report to my realtor or another 3rd party?Yes—with your permission we will gladly send a copy of the report to a 3rd party via fax or e-mail at no additional cost.
- 9. Does the report include estimates of repair costs?No—if an inspector answers this question “yes” that may indicate a conflict of interest.
- 10. Do you have references?Our best reference is likely whoever referred you to us. We do not spend our resources on advertising. You will not see us in any publications, TV or radio. Instead we invest 100% of our time and energy to delivering first-class service to our clients. As a result, our valued clients, along with real estate, mortgage, and insurance professionals, refer their family, friends and clients to us for all their home inspection needs. We are interested in building strong life-long relationships one person at a time.