How long does a home inspection take?

A typical inspection will take 3 ­- 4 hours to complete. This can vary, depending on the size of the house,accessibility to roof and mechanical systems. We recommend that the seller be made aware of these time frames as a courtesy. You may find some inspectors who say they can inspect a home in two hours. We do not believe that a thorough inspection can be completed in that time frame.

Can I follow along?

You are encouraged to attend so that any explanations can be made first hand. It is also a valuable learning experience for home buyers.

Can I ask questions?

Definitely! You may want to prepare some questions beforehand and also feel free to question the inspector at any time. Sometimes you may have a question that will be answered as the inspection proceeds.

Can I bring my family?

We recommend not doing so as it can be a distraction when the focus should be on the inspection and the inspector’s comments. The fewer distractions, the better.

If it’s really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?

No. The inspection is a report on the condition of the house and performance of systems in the house.

It is very important, but only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors to be considered.

Do you offer a warranty on the house?

No. For any major issues found during the inspection that require immediate attention, we will recommend further evaluation by a qualified person before signing the final closing papers on the home. Structural damage, finding asbestos and serious furnace issues are good examples.

Some problems can only be noticed by living in the house. Some shower stalls will leak during a long shower but not during a brief test. Roof and basement leaks will only be obvious during inclement weather. Some floor problems can be concealed by carpets.

As a result, there is no warranty.

How much notice do you need?

Three days notice should guarantee availability but we know this is not always possible and we will do our best to accommodated any exceptions.

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