Frequently Asked Questions

I want you to feel 100% comfortable and confident working with me. Here are the most common questions inspectors hear from home buyers and sellers. If yours is not answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime.

What is Home Inspection?
A home inspection is an assessment of the condition of a home or other property. The inspection covers all systems and components from outside to inside, from foundation to roof and everything in between. We also make a visual inspection of all accessible areas of the home. Our report includes observations on functionality, wear and tear, safety and maintenance.

What are the benefits of a Home Inspection?
The home inspection offers benefits to both the buyer and the seller. Many of the details we report on are things you might not think of yourself. It’s important to be made aware of any problem areas. Based on the inspection, the buyer and the seller can each make decisions concerning repairs, replacement and maintenance.

Is a Home Buyer’s inspection different from a Home Seller’s Inspection?
No. We conduct the exact same inspection whether we are engaged by the buyer or by the seller. It is the home inspector’s responsibility to report on the home’s condition factually and completely — no matter which party has requested the inspection.

When should I call to schedule an Inspection?
If you are the seller, schedule your inspection as soon as you decide to put your home on the market. If you are the buyer, schedule the inspection as soon as you find a home/condo you’re interested in buying.

What is included in a Home Inspection? What items are inspected?
A professional home inspection includes a visual inspection of the home inside and outside, from the roof to the foundation. It also includes the inspection of all major functional components and operating systems of the home.

How long does a Home Inspection take?
We know exactly what we’re looking for and can complete our evaluation quickly and efficiently. A typical home inspection takes about 3-4 hours (depending on the size of the home). Within this time-frame we will inspect your home, provide you with a detailed home inspection report and answer any questions you may have.

Is a Home Inspector the same as an appraiser?
No. One is physical and the other is financial. Home inspectors report on the condition of the home’s systems and structural elements. An appraiser estimates a property’s value for the purpose of obtaining a mortgage loan or mortgage insurance. An appraisal does not itemize defects or identify potential problems in the home.

How can I find a Home Inspector?
Typically your real estate professional will recommend an inspector he or she trusts. If you want to find one on your own, you should make sure your home inspector is certified by an Association (CAPHI, InterNACHI, OAHI) and follows their STANDARD of PRACTICE (SOP) and Code of Ethics (COE). Your Inspector should also be INSURED (Errors and Omissions and Liability).  They should also be  Educated in all areas of a Home Inspection ..both to start AND to continuously educate themselves yearly to provide the latest and up to date training and education for YOU the client.

How much does it cost?
Our fee is based on the size and age of the home and its location. We will provide you with a quote based on this information about your home.

How do I prepare for a Home Inspection?
The seller should prepare the home as much as possible for a thorough home inspection. The seller typically does not attend the home inspection. The buyer should make a list of questions for the inspector and attend the home inspection. This allows the buyer to get their questions answered and be alerted to any other problems/issues pointed out by the inspector.

Will you tell me if the house passes or fails the property inspection?
A home inspection is not the same as a code inspection. Code inspections are either pass or fail. Private home inspections are educational. When the inspection process is complete, you will have a clear understanding of the home, its components and their condition.

Does Innovative Home Inspections guarantee its Home Inspections?
Our guarantee is that we provide our clients with a professional inspection and report that meets the applicable standards. We cannot guarantee the house itself. For example, based on our inspection, we cannot predict that the heating system will work for five more seasons or that the foundation will not develop cracks within three years. That kind of guarantee is called a whole house warranty. It can be purchased through a home warranty company.

What if my home inspection reveals problems?
Don’t panic. It is our job to report what we find honestly. We almost always find something noteworthy. It doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house just that you’re aware of potential repairs, both minor and (possibly) major.

Will the Inspector identify which repairs should be made by the seller vs. the buyer?
The home inspector’s goal is for you to have a complete understanding of the home’s condition, including the magnitude of any issues items that may need attention. Decisions about who should make repairs are part of the sale agreement. Both buyer and seller should consult with their real estate professional.

Do you make the actual repairs?
No. We consider that a conflict of interest. Some inspection companies may perform these services, but we believe it compromises the integrity of the home inspection report. Our goal is not to sell you on making any specific repair, but rather to educate you.

Do you give copies of your report to other involved in the home sale?
NO. Whoever orders/pays for the inspection is the client. We do not discuss your report with any other party without your express permission. 

 

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