Frequently Asked Questions
A home inspection is an assessment of the structural and mechanical components of a residential property. A licensed home inspector performs a visual examination of the property, which typically includes the roof, foundation, plumbing, electrical system, heating and cooling systems, ventilation and insulation, windows and doors, and appliances. The goal is to evaluate the condition of the property and identify any issues that may affect its safety, livability, or value. The inspector will prepare a report summarizing the findings and any recommended repairs or replacements. Home inspections are often conducted during the home buying process to help buyers make informed decisions about purchasing a property and negotiating the terms of the sale. They can also be helpful for homeowners who are planning renovations or upgrades, or who want to ensure that their property is in good condition and free from any potential hazards.
A WDO (wood-destroying organism) home inspection is a specialized inspection done by trained professionals to detect any signs of wood-destroying organisms in a home. These can include termites, carpenter ants, wood-boring beetles, and more. During the inspection, the inspector inspects the interior and exterior of a home, including the basement, attic, and crawl spaces, to look for any visible signs or evidence of WDO activity. The inspector will also check for moisture problems, as excess moisture can attract pests. If any signs are detected, the inspector will provide a detailed report outlining the extent of the problem, the recommended treatment options, and the estimated cost. A WDO inspection is often required by lenders before approving a mortgage or financing for a property, as wood-destroying organisms can cause significant damage to a home.
A 4-Point Home Inspection is a specialized type of inspection that focuses on the four main systems of a home: roofing, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). This inspection is often required by insurance companies for older homes or homes with outdated systems and is designed to assess the condition and safety of these key areas of a home. The inspector will examine the age, condition, and general functionality of the systems, identify any areas of concern, and provide recommendations for repairs or upgrades if necessary. A 4-Point Home Inspection report can be used by homeowners to better understand the condition of their home and make informed decisions about maintenance and repairs, and by insurance companies to assess the risk of insuring the property.
A Wind-Mitigation Inspection is a type of home inspection that evaluates a property’s ability to withstand high winds and hurricane forces. The inspection usually focuses on the property’s roof and attic, exterior walls and openings, garage doors, and other critical areas. The inspection aims to assess the level of protection that a property has against wind damage and identifies potential areas of risk. Following the inspection, a report is generated outlining any deficiencies or areas in need of improvement along with recommendations for remediation. The results of a wind-mitigation inspection are often used by insurers to determine the level of risk associated with the property and to determine the homeowner’s insurance rate. The inspection can also help homeowners take steps to fortify their property against wind damage and improve their safety in the event of a hurricane or other severe weather event.
A whole-house infrared scan is a non-invasive and non-destructive test that uses infrared cameras to identify areas of heat loss in a home. This type of scan allows homeowners to pinpoint areas where their home is losing heat, which can lead to higher energy bills and discomfort in the home. By detecting areas of heat loss, homeowners can take steps to improve their home’s energy efficiency, reduce their carbon footprint, and save money on their utility bills. During the scan, an infrared camera is used to capture images of the home’s exterior and interior walls, ceilings, and floors. The camera detects changes in temperature, which can indicate areas of heat loss. This data is then used to create a report that outlines the areas in the home that need attention to improve energy efficiency.
After the inspection has been scheduled via our easy online scheduler, we will confirm the details and send out a confirmation email to all parties involved. The client will receive an email with a blue button titled “Inspection Details” where electronic payment can be made. Although we ask that payment be made prior to your inspection, you can pay at any time before, during, or after the inspection. You just won’t be able to view any reports until the inspection agreement is signed and payment is made.
Yes! Simply call or text our office at (980) 225-4055 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to add services, reschedule your inspection, or cancel your inspection. We ask that you please do these at least 24 hour ahead of time, if at all possible. Failing to do so may result in additional fees which are outlined in your inspection agreement.
We know that our clients are often in a time crunch, and so we work hard to get our reports drafted up, proofread, and sent out quickly! For home inspections, you will receive your reports by early the next morning, likely before you wake up. Third party ancillary inspections such as WDO or Pool inspections may take 1-2 business days to receive. For stand-alone insurance inspections, you will likely receive your reports on the same day of the inspection, often times not long after our inspector is finished with the inspection.
No. Mold, asbestos, lead-based paint, and other environmental hazards are specifically excluded and are outside the scope of a standard home inspection. Although we will do our best to identify and inform you of the risks of potential environmental hazards, each hazard requires detailed laboratory testing to confirm the presence of and specific risks. These services are often performed by a 3rd party environmental company at an additional cost.
We only inspect components that are visible and readily accessible. Sewage drain lines and septic systems are typically located below ground and are typically considered out of the scope of a home inspection. We highly recommend you contact a qualified plumbing contractor and/or a septic inspector (when applicable) and have these systems evaluated. These systems, like all others, can experience problems or fail, and having them inspected is always a good idea during your due diligence period prior to purchase.
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