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Why do I need a home inspection?

No home is perfect! Anything from major damage to minor maintenance issues is often found. Even new homes are not immune. For buyers, an inspection is vital to uncovering issues a home may have but are invisible to the untrained eye. Even if the inspection finds more problems than you’re comfortable with and you move on to a different home to start the process all over again, it’s money well spent. An inspection will give you the opportunity to ask the seller to make the repairs before you buy or to back out of the contract. So be sure to ask for the “inspection contingency” when you begin to enter negotiations with the seller. This allows you to set a limit on the cost of repairs to the home. It is also a good way to protect yourself from ending up with a home that requires repairs that you are unable or unwilling to pay for. 

Do I need to attend the inspection?

No, you aren’t required to be there for the inspection. But we highly recommend that you be present. It’s a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection. By following the inspector you can ask questions directly, and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. We feel you’ll be able to best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection.

How long will the inspection take?

The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 2.5 hours is pretty typical. But for larger homes or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.

When can I expect the report?

We understand that you are working within a short timeframe so your report is electronically delivered to you within 24 hours of the home inspection. We provide you with a detailed home inspection report you will be able to clearly understand. Each report is individually prepared for you based on the inspector’s findings.

Our inspection report will help you understand where the problems lie. It is simple to understand, easy to read, and clear in what are the recommended repairs. 

How much does an inspection cost?

Costs can vary dramatically, depending on the region, size, and age of the house, the scope of services, etc. However, the value of the home inspection is priceless considering the investment being made.  Be very careful of a highly discounted home inspection. Don’t let a $100 discount cost you thousands of dollars in repairs after you move in due to a rushed or sub-standard inspection.  A good quality home inspection takes time and attention to detail. Please contact us to receive your individualized quote.

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