FAQ

Your most frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

This section is constantly under construction and being updated with new questions that our customers ask about our company along with questions related to inspection reports and what each of our services entails. If you'd like to suggest an edit, please reach out to us via the contact form.

General
What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a visual examination of the home's major structure, systems and components that are visible and safely accessible. The inspection will allow our team to produce a written report including pictures/videos of each item covered during the inspection, with major defects called out in an easy to understand summary. Our inspectors meet or exceed InterNACHI's Standards of Practice on every home inspection we perform.

Why should I get a home inspection?

A home purchase is typically the largest investment a person will make in their lifetime. Because of this fact, it is important for the buyer to understand what defects that might be lurking in their new home. A home inspector will attempt to discover and document each of these defects ranging from small repairs or replacements to larger safety or health concerns. Additionally, many mortgage providers require a home inspection to be performed before a loan can be approved.

How long does a home inspection take?

This can vary greatly depending on the age and square footage of the home, number of bathrooms, windows, doors, out buildings, location and whether or not any ancillary services are added to the standard home inspection. Typically the we tell our clients to expect the inspection to take a minimum of two hours and depending on the factors mentioned before, up to eight or even more.

When should I schedule the home inspection?

Most buyers will have their home inspection performed after their offer has been accepted and before the closing date. It is best to schedule your inspection as soon as the offer is accepted so that there will be plenty of time remaining before your closing date should unforeseen circumstances delay your scheduled inspection or should the inspection reveal defects that need immediate repair before closing.

Should I be present for the inspection?

We prefer that the client and or their agent be present during the entire inspection process. This allows us to point out specific items of interest in the home, in person. Additionally, you may learn important information about the home's maintenance, systems and components from our inspector during the process.

What is a Buy-Back-Guarantee?

The Buy-Back Guarantee is a program offered by InterNACHI that we participate in. It allows InterNACHI to buy back your home within 90 days of closing if our inspector misses something major on your home inspection report and would would like to sell the home rather than make the repairs yourself. For more information please refer to InterNACHI's website at https://www.nachi.org/buy.htm

Services
What is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is recognized as a carcinogen by governments around the world. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after smoking cigarettes and is responsible for more than 20,000 deaths per year. Radon levels can be tested in your home by a certified professional to determine if mitigation efforts are suggested for your residence.

My basement smells musty, Is it mold?

Many basements smell musty and it is most likely due to a moisture problem. While moisture can lead to mold growth, it doesn't always mean that you have an active mold problem. The best way to determine if you have a mold problem is to hire a qualified IAC2 certified inspector to perform a mold test. The mold test will be able to identify if there are active spores in the air or on surfaces in the basement which would be a positive indication of a mold problem.

What is Air Quality?

Indoor Air Quality is indicated by a number of factors including, but not limited to: AQI (air quality index), TVOC (total volitile organic compounds), RH (relative humidity), and more. If you are concerned about your indoor air quality because of allergies, germs, viruses or just your overall health, an IAC2 certified inspector can deploy sensors in your home to get an idea of your overall air quality. Additionally, your inspector will use Infrared imaging to determine weak points in your building envelope where air is leaking in from the exterior and determine if your home is properly ventilated to keep humidity levels and pollutants in check. The air quality report will lay it all out in an easy to read format with suggestions on how to improve the overall air quality in your home.

Other
What are your social networks?

Currently we use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You can click on the links at the bottom of the any page on this website to access our profiles on our social networks.

Do you speak Spanish?

Unfortunately, none of our current inspectors speak Spanish. It would be advisable to have a translator available during your inspection to ensure that you are able to communicate effectively with your inspector.

How can I contact you?

We have multiple contact options available from our contact for access by clicking "Contact Us" at the top of any page on this site. Additionally, we use Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and you can always reach us by phone during normal business hours as well!