WHAT IS AN INSPECTION?
- An inspection is a non-invasive procedure in which the inspector thoroughly walks through the property looking for damage, proper drainage, signs of moisture, foundation, roof inspection, etc. The inspector will never alter the property in any way.
- The inspector is not a code enforcer nor an appraiser and will not be able to place a value on the property.
- Certain specialty items are not included in a residential inspection i.e. pools, sprinkler systems, fencing, any piece that is not readily accessible, etc. Please see InterNACHI’s standards of practice for a complete list.
- An inspector WILL inspect the roof, plumbing, walls, stairs, ceilings, floors, fireplace, heating/cooling systems, electrical, cabinets, countertops, ventilation, insulation….
HOW LONG WILL MY INSPECTION LAST?
- You should plan on at least 3 hours that the inspector will be there looking through the property. Each inspection is different so it may take longer.
- Buyer beware! Any inspector that tells you it will take any less than 2 hours may not have the necessary tools and education required to complete a professional inspection. A piece of property is a large investment; let us take the time to make sure it’s the right one!
HOW MUCH WILL AN INSPECTION COST?
- The price of an inspection is determined by square footage. The larger the home, the more there is to inspect, so be prepared for a higher price point.
- Not all inspections will be standard and that is why you need to call for a custom quote. The call will take about 5 minutes and you’ll have a quote right then with the ability to schedule your inspection! Radon and mold testing will be available at time of inspection. We also offer energy audits!
DO I NEED TO BE PRESENT?
- While your presence is not needed during the time of the inspection, it is always encouraged!
- If you’re buying a property, this is usually a time when you can have a little more time with the property and the freedom to walk through it again.
- If you’re selling the property, this is a great time to see any defects that may exist that you were previously unaware of and you and your Realtor can move forward with selling your property.
HOW DO I KNOW YOU'RE A GOOD INSPECTOR?
- Any good inspector will be certified and happy to show you his certifications and tell you where and when he was certified. If they have not been certified, you’re taking a risk, with your home!
- If they are a good inspector, they will be a member of an association like InterNACHI or ASHI or NAHI. All of these associations require the inspector to pass an exam and continue their education as well as re-certify every 3 years as well as abide by Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Without any of these, you’re risking the property and the integrity of the process. A business card will not justify the education needed to be a certified property inspector.
- Check their references! Every professional inspector will be insured. If they are not, be careful! They should have a website with testimonials and be more than willing to give you a list of professionals and clients you can call.
- All of our inspectors are backed by InterNACHI’s $10,000 Honor Guarantee (See our services page for more details) and background checked. We want you to always know you are safe with ABR Inspections!