Frequently Asked Questions

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Who pays for the inspection when buying a house?
The buyer is always responsible for paying for the home inspection. This is because it is part of the contract. The seller will usually foot the bill for any additional inspections that are required after the initial home inspection.

What are the red flags in a home inspection?
When you’re buying a home, you want to know what to look for and how to avoid future problems. The best way to do that is by hiring a professional inspector. We’ll identify any signs of old roofing, leaking water heater, outdated furnace, loose concrete, loose mortar, botched electrical system, and more.

What does an inspector look for when inspecting a home?
When inspecting a home, an inspector looks at visual structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and more.

Who has to be present during the inspection?
The buyer, seller, and/or agent must be present during an inspection. If it’s not possible, the inspector can discuss the final report thoroughly later.

What if the inspection report reveals problems?
If any of the issues noted in your inspection report need further explanation or clarification, we will be happy to meet with you after the inspection and discuss them. You can use the inspection report to negotiate further with the seller.

Who will receive a copy of the home inspection report?
We will be sent the report to you, the client. You can choose to share the report with other interested parties, such as your mortgage lender or any contractors you may hire to make repairs.

What do inspectors look for when selling a house?
We do a pre-inspection to make sure all items, including cosmetics, are pointed out and then recommended to repair or disclose.

How do you pass a radon inspection?
Radon is tested, and if below the state regulation of 4.0 pCi/l, then the clients are safe. If not, the seller must hire a radon mitigation company.

How important is a radon inspection?
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause lung cancer. It’s naturally occurring, and it’s found in most homes. The only way to know is if you test your home.

How often should a radon mitigation system be tested?
You should test a radon mitigation system periodically. At a minimum, we should test a radon mitigation system every year. The testing frequency depends on several factors, including the type of system and location.

What Home Inspectors check swimming pools?
Swimming pools are an important part of any home. They’re not just places to swim or relax with friends—they can also be an investment if you sell your home someday. You have to choose a certified inspector to ensure any issues are identified.

What does a pool inspector look for?
Grounding wire, liner, equipment, safety gates, skimmers, concrete around the pool, leaks, and more.

How do I know if I have asbestos in my home (in floor tile, ceiling tile, shingles, siding, etc.)?
We’ve all heard the news: asbestos can cause mesothelioma and other serious diseases. If you have any doubt that your home may be contaminated with asbestos, reach out to us.

What are home warranties required for the inspection?
They are not! You can give clients a one-year warranty on reports.

Who is responsible for fixing everything on home inspections?
It depends on the negotiations set by the agents.