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Q: What will the inspection cover?

A: A thorough Inspection covers everything from roof to the foundation.

Items that are included in the Inspection are as follows:

  • Attic
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Roof & Flashings
  • Gutters
  • Basement
  • Crawlspace
  • Foundation
  • Grading
  • Retaining Walls
  • Siding & Trim
  • Driveways & Walks
  • Ceilings
  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Doors & Windows
  • Chimney
  • Fireplace
  • Major Appliances
  • Electrical System
  • Water Heater
  • Plumbing System
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating

Q: How long will the Inspection take?

A: A home inspection normally takes 2 to 3 hours.

Q: Should I be present during the Inspection?

A: We recommend that you be present at the inspection, from start to finish.

Q: Why use our Services?

A: We exceed both the American Society Of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the National Association Of Home Inspectors (NAHI) established standards for our industry. These guidlines are addressed in ASHI's Code Of Ethics and ASHI's Standards of Practice. They set the standards for ethics, experience, knowledge, procedures, and reporting. Both these organizations assist our trade in providing a common ground approach to the home inspection process by providing ongoing programs and seminars. We meet and exceed these standards in every aspect. Check out the ASHI code of ethics and ASHI standards.

Q: Why have your house inspected?

A: The purchase, sale or remodel of a home is one of the single most costly investments that a family will make. Along with the extra stresses this will add, there is also the fear factor of, "Will This Home Stand The Test of Time?". "Is it saleable shape?". It is also important to know what YOU, as the primary investor, are getting for your money. A home inspection is an excellent tool for you, the home buyer, seller or remodler, to help determine not only the condition of the home, but to also help foresee any immediate unnecessary additional cost that may go unnoticed without the help of a home inspection. Home inspections are not a prediction of future performance, but can pinpoint existing problem areas.

Q: Will you cause any damage to the home?

A: No. The inspection is gentle to the home. No destructive or invasive testing is done.

Q: What are you looking for?

A: We will be checking the major components of the home to determine if the items are in working condition and/or if they are safe.

Q: Will I receive a copy of the report?

A: Yes. Upon completion you will receive a printed report with a computerized summary of items that need attention.

Q: How do I schedule an inspection?

A: Please call 952-929-9770. Our office is open 8am to 5pm, M-F. After-hours and on the weekend leave a message and we will automatically be paged.

Q: What is not considered part of a Home Inspection?

A: A home inspection is not a code compliance inspection and does not guarantee that the house complies with building codes. It is not an appraisal of the value of the property. It is not technically exhaustive in nature. It does not protect a client from any future failure of any systems or components. It is not an insurance policy.

Q: Can the Inspector "fail" the house?

A: No. There is no "passing" or "failing". Our inspector's goal is to accurately report on the physical condition of the house in a calm, straight forward, and professional manner while indicating what repairs might be necessary or what items may need to be monitored for change in the future.

Q: Why can't I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?

A: This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other. Professional inspectors get what we call an inspector's instinct for problems. That instinct takes extensive training and lots of experience doing inspections to develop. Many contractors, and other trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.

Q: What if I have questions after the inspection?

A: You can call us and discuss all the aspects of your new home whenever you like. Our service is a long-term investment.