Frequently Asked Questions
If you do not plan on attending your inspection, we provide your inspection agreement via email to e-sign, along with your appointment confirmation and invoice.
Our reports are computerized and will be completed and delivered to you by the end of the day or the very next day via email.
Our knowledge base and tools allow us to provide inspection services on both old and newer homes. Most inspections we conduct are in older homes.
Providing repair/replacement estimates, addressing code compliance matters, load calculations, environmental issues, pools, septic systems.
We currently offer Mold assessment services. But, we do not offer repair and or remediation services of any kind.
Your specific estimates are outsourced to professional estimators. You will receive a separate email stating welcome to HomeBinder. Please open this email and follow the instructions therein to locate, review, and download your PDF containing your estimates.
General recommendations are provided with every inspection report we provide while specific estimates are not in the main report. However, we have a preferred partner that does provide estimates based on the inspection report if we are to perform the inspection for you.
We expect payment before any work is performed.
Yes, your inspector will have all his/her identification on them and will produce it upon request at the inspection site. Do not ask for insurance information over the phone.
Home inspectors work for you and appraisers work for the bank or lender. Home inspectors assess the properties systems and overall current condition of the property. On the other hand, appraisers assess the market value of the property for loan qualification purposes.
A final walk-through occurs just before paperwork is finalized and or after the seller(s) move out. Buyers would see that the property is in the agreed-upon condition. This, of course, should occur after you had the home inspected. However, while the home inspector may be present for the final walk-through if you so desire them to be. You can easily refer your inspection report and conduct the walk-through on your own or with your real estate agent.
Home Inspectors provide an assessment on a home’s systems and conditions primarily during real estate transactions. For instance, In a report, a home inspector may indicate an item needs to be repaired. On the other hand, a contractor may indicate, repairing is not worth it and to just buy new. In short, it is perspective and self-interest. Contractors and the sub-contractors “engage in the construction, repair, remodeling, or addition to any land or building used as a residenceread more) (“.
The key advantage of a contractor is that they get to dismantle items within their scope of work. But of course, what homeowner will allow the potential buyer(s) to send in contractors to damage the property to then have the buyer(s) back out. This then pushes the advantage back to the home inspector. However, home inspectors possess the aptitude to recognize the signs of an assortment of problems without dismantling the current owners’ home.
To clarify, with an inspection report in hand, you then approach these contractors. These contractors come in to repair or replacement items once you take ownership and have the budget allocated.
Be wise enough to know that the title Professional Engineer or (P.E.) covers wide-ranging fields. The specific type of engineer that is educated in structures, designs, and load-bearing capacity, is that of a Civil /Structural Engineer.
To clarify, if the structural integrity of a property is in question, or you just purchased a home and have questions about additions to a structure. For example, adding a level, adding/removing a deck or attached garage, removing a column, in need of foundation (substructure) repair, expanding cracks in walls, or it appears roof is compromising the structures integrity, etc., a professional structural engineer may best suit your needs for this specific branch of services.
On the other hand, home inspectors are specifically trained in evaluating current property conditions. They are required to provide written documentation on the home’s systems following a thorough visual inspection. Specifically referencing current conditions, the location of items observed, major damages, and other problems such as safety issues.
A home inspection is not as easy as it appears as home systems are very complex. Secondly, the er(s) would assume your opinion is biased. Any current owner would be very reluctant to let a potential buyer touch any items. Again, in some cases, banks, lenders, and insurance companies may require you to have one conducted by a licensed professional. If these institutions require it, you should at best have a licensed professional do the inspection.
Yes, with this large a purchase it would be wise to reduce your risk and invest a few hundred dollars in a home inspection before your contract is finalized.
In most cases, it will save you money, in the long run, to go with the inspection. In some situations, your bank and or insurance company will inquire if the subject property was inspected and or want to review your report. Home inspection contingencies are a standard step in the transaction process. More common now than ever before due to the rise in real estate litigation.
Yes and no. Noninvasive tools are used to provide a more accurate assessment of the property during the inspection. Such as electrical tester, carbon monoxide tester, termite probe, infrared-camera, digital camera.
Yes, we are 100% focused on residential inspection services.
No, we stand by our price points as it remains competitive with those who continue to provide above-standard services. We do have an on-going promotion when you book your inspection online.
Yes, while we do not climb on the roof unless it is a flat roof with access, we use a Spectoscope fixed with a digital camera. For attics we need access and flooring, if not, we use the Spectoscope to assist here as well. We inspect the crawlspace, if needed, if accessible, and does not raise any safety concerns.
Yes, no additional fees apply.
Send an email to us stating your list of questions, page #/section for reference, report ID number, and your time of availability to discuss the matter in detail. We will email you back the same day, and set-up time for a free phone consultation or reply via email.
Yes, most home inspectors only take photos of defects and include that in your inspection report. However, buyers, sellers, realtors and the likes will wonder, exactly how concerning is the issue. We find that adding a photo of a defect side-by-side with an illustration showing correct form and appearance in the report. Clients were better equipped at understanding why things were called out. This works well for clients that will not be present for the inspection and those in attendance.
An inspection of a vacant property presents numerous limitations to any skilled home inspector during the inspection and subsequently to the inspection report.
It is best for you to arrange for the utilities to be temporarily turned on first through the bank or realtor. Therefore, you will then receive a stronger assessment of the home’s systems and overall condition.
Yes, Please our Booking Policy
You can expect your home inspection report to be completed and sent to you via email by the end of the day or the next day.
Yes, some outbuildings are inspected, it depends on the classification. For example, we inspect garages and carports.
You should know in advance if the inspector you intend to hire will conduct a detailed inspection or inspect mainly for major defects of the property. Read the inspection report in full and not just the overall summary. Review inspector’s comments which may include mentions of limitations, and review recommendations, attached pictures. Consult with your inspector when the issue arises and review the home inspection Standards of Practice to guide you in determining if this was a miss or not on the inspector’s end.
While this matter is always debated, yes, it only benefits you to have a home inspection. While new construction is generally packaged with some sort of warranty, which tempts people to buy new, it is also for handling future claims against inferior workmanship, which you must then demonstrate. Some construction projects fall into the speed over the quality realm.
Absolutely, while “as – is” usually implies no future repairs under the current ownership. It does not mean you as the potential buyer should forgo a home inspection. Under a normal contractual agreement, you can walk away with your money, should the inspection report turn up significant problems deemed severe. That fixer-upper you intend to buy may be dirt cheap, but it’s priced much lower for a reason. A home inspection is a reality check and one you need when you walk into a real estate transaction blind to the facts.
Items may or may not be negotiable, this question is outside the scope of a home inspection. Check with your lawyer and or real estate agent to review the terms of your pending contract. Remember, your real estate agent is your negotiator.
A quick read Request you should/shouldn’t make illustrates a good overview of the subject matter.
We do not offer any warranty, as we find them to be very limiting in overall benefits. Be it, an inspection warranty or home warranty, people seem to have extremely mixed reviews about their usefulness (read more here). Again, any repair work will be under the stipulated contract of the repair company or contractor(s).
Short answer, generally no. We will not return to re-inspect a property after you and the seller agreed-upon repair work before closing. You and your agent should verify that repaired items were conducted by a licensed professional, with receipts and any warranties documented. We exercise the right to re-inspect the property in rare cases.