Frequently Asked Questions
A home inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a home. Think of a home inspection as the equivalent of a physical examination from your doctor.
When problems are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation or suggest remedies. Our emphasis is on identifying existing problems and potential problems that would affect a purchaser’s buying decision.
The following are common questions our home inspectors answer.
Q: What will the inspection cover?
A: A thorough inspection covers everything from the roof to the foundation. Items that are included in the inspection are as follows:
Roof & Flashings
Siding & Trim
Driveways & Walks
Q: I am selling my home, why should I get a home inspection before putting my home on the market?
A: Having a home inspection prior to placing your home on the market gives you a better understanding of conditions that may be discovered by the buyer’s inspector, and provides you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition. This can be a real advantage in today’s competitive market.
Q: Should I be present during the inspection?
A: You are welcome to attend the entire home inspection. In fact, we recommend that you do. During the inspection you will learn about your new home, and potential issues, as well as how to properly maintain it. If you are not able to attend the entire inspection, we strongly encourage you to attend the last hour for an “overview” with the inspector. During this time your inspector will address all of your concerns and answer any questions you may have about the home as well as explain the operation and care of the main systems in the home.
Q: When will I receive the written report?
A: The report is delivered via e-mail so it should be available 12-24 hours from the time of the inspection. This gives the inspector enough time to evaluate the information gathered and compile a comprehensive web based report with illustrations, pictures, and hyperlinks.
Q: I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor. Can I have them inspect my new home?
A: This is a common mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. While the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Like many specialties, professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other. A well trained inspector can identify the “visual clues” that may indicate a problem, clues that typically look normal to the typical home buyer/seller.
Q: What if I have questions after the inspection?
A: If you have questions after the inspection, give us a call or send us an email. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Q: When is payment required?
A: Your inspection payment may be made online in advance or collected on site. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, cash or check . Personal checks/money orders should be made out to A1 Home Inspection LLC.