What is a Home Inspection?

In general terms, a home inspection is a limited visual and operational inspection of the readily accessible major components of a house, conducted by a qualified individual following recognized home inspection standards of practice, for the purpose of providing a professional and unbiased opinion as to the condition of the inspected elements.

To expand further on this: a home inspection consists of a visual inspection of certain readily accessible house components including the roof, structure, electric, heating, air conditioning, and plumbing systems, as well as the built-in major appliances.  It also includes an operational evaluation of certain components of the electric, plumbing, and mechanical systems, and representative windows and doors, as well as an evaluation of the home’s exterior and site conditions.  To better understand the specific elements of our inspection report, please click on the “Sample Reports” at the top of this page.

The definition only covers part of the service that we provide our clients.  We also serve as educators and consultants, routinely answering questions about their prospective house, providing basic instruction on the operation of its components and offering preventive maintenance tips.

How much does a home inspection cost?

There are many factors that affect the cost of the home inspection.  These include the size of the home, its age, is a radon test included, is a termite inspection included, is the garage attached or detached, etc, etc.  When you call to book an inspection we will ask you a few basic questions and very quickly be able to tell you the cost.

When will I get my report?

In almost all cases the report will be issued the same day.  At the latest, it will be available the next day.

How will I get my report?

Reports are sent via email.  The email will contain a link and a password that will allow you to display your report.  You can then print it (pdf or html) and forward it if you wish.  Should you not use email or simply want it in paper form, we will be happy to mail it to you.  Of course, that will add a day or two, depending on the US Post Office.

Who else will receive my report?

No one, unless we have your written permission!  By  law, the only person we are allowed to send the report to is YOU, our client.  However, by simply indicating on the Inspection Agreement who you want the report to go to, we will send it to them (for example, your Real Estate Agent or your Attorney).

What is included in the report?

The best way to answer that question is to have you look at a sample inspection report.  On the menu at the top of this page click on “Sample Report”.   The number of pictures that appear in your report depends on the number of “defects found”.  Each and every defect will have a picture as well as text so that you can clearly see what is being described.   Other pictures will be included as needed for informational purposes.

How long does an inspection take?

As you might expect, the answer to that is “It depends.”  The single biggest factor is the size of the home.  But its condition, the number of bathrooms, the ease with which the attic can be accessed, and the number of electrical panels are just a few of the factors that impact the time it takes.  However, on average, a “typical” home of about 2500 square feet will take about 3 hours.  But remember, we will take as long as is necessary to do a thorough job!!