Why is a home inspection important?
My job as a home inspector is to give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is safe and structurally sound. Whether it’s a house you’ve lived in for twenty years, one you may purchase or one you want to put on the market, you need to know if there are any issues lurking. Understanding what, if any repairs need to be made helps you set and negotiate your home price at a fair market value.
What kinds of issues does an inspector look for?
We offer a comprehensive 225 point residential inspection that includes:
We also recommend and can perform additional inspections upon request, including:
Termites – Testing designed to check for signs of structural damage caused by wood boring insects.
Radon - A radioactive gas formed by the breakdown of radium that occurs naturally especially in areas over granite, and is considered hazardous to health. Radon gas can accumulate in homes, especially in confined areas such as attics and basements. A radon test consists of using a radon kit that would be hung or placed in the lowest habitable floor of the house for two to seven days. After the kit has sat for the required amount of time, the inspector then sends the kit to a lab for analysis.
Thermography - Measures surface temperatures of the exterior of a home by using infrared video and still cameras. These devices record the temperature variations of the building's skin, ranging from white for warm regions to black for cooler areas. The resulting images help determine if insulation has been installed correctly and in the proper amount.
What is the step by step process?
First, you should decide on what type of inspection you want or need. For assistance, see above. Then, you or your real estate agent should get in touch with us to schedule a time and date of inspection. Next, we will email you some paperwork to look over and sign before we can inspect your property. After that we will inspect your home at the agreed upon date/time. The inspection usually takes 2-5 hours depending on the size and age of the home. You do not need to be present, but are welcome to be if you choose. After the inspection is completed you will receive a report with detailed inspector comments and photos. If the inspector finds any issues we can offer you guidance and referrals to get the repair process started.
How much does a home inspection cost?
The cost of a home inspection varies based on the size, location, and age of the house. Each inspection will be priced individually based on these factors, but the ranges below are a typical estimate:
Condo/Town Home $325.00 - $365.00
Standard Home: (up to 1600 sq. ft. ) $365.00 - $425.00
Mid-Sized Home: (1601-2900 sq. ft. ) $425.00 - $465.00
Large Home: (2901-4200 sq. ft. ) $465.00 - $525.00
Jumbo Home: (4201 sq. ft. or more ) $525.00 -
Termite testing with inspection - $60.00
Radon testing with inspection - $135.00
Thermal Imaging scan - $125.00
Septic system inspection with home inspection - priced on a case by case basis (septic drawings/disclosures may be required)
Septic system pumping with home inspection - priced on a case by case basis (septic drawings/disclosures may be required)
Pool inspection with home inspection - $350.00
How long does an inspection take?
A home inspection could take anywhere from 2-5 hours, depending upon the size and age of the home.
Does a home inspector make repairs?
It is not an inspector’s responsibility to correct, or repair any potential issues found in the home. An inspector may recommend repair or skilled professionals for further information.
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