Frequently Ask Questions
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.
If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
When do I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
My realtor referred me to you, but should I look for an "independent" inspector?
I am an independent inspector and although I may have been referred by a realtor, you are my customer. My inspection is performed to the highest standards and regardless of how you found me, your best interest is foremost in the inspection. If a realtor referred me, they understand this and they want a complete inspection as much as you do. Those few realtors that expect any less would not refer me.
My dad, brother, neighbor, etc, has a lot of construction experience why shouldn't I use them for free?
Normally it is difficult to find someone with experience in Structures, Roofing, Electrical, Plumbing, Appliances, Foundations, Sprinkler Systems, Doors, Windows, and all the components of a house. But even if you could, in the state of Florida, you must be licensed to inspect properties for purchase. "If you think hiring a professional is expensive, try hiring an amateur."
Can I attend the inspection?
Yes, you are encouraged to attend all or part of the inspection. The inspection will last from 1-2 hours depending on the size and condition of the property. Some customers prefer to attend the last 30 minutes to go over all the issues, but some like to attend the entire inspection. Either is OK.
Do I have to attend?
No, you do not have to attend the inspection. A full, comprehensive Report will be E-mail to you within 24 hours and I will be available to answer any questions that you may have.
What if the inspection uncovers problems?
If it does then we have done our job. We do not pass or fail a home we just evaluate it, only the person that pays for the inspection can say the house passes or fails. More often than not in the long run the inspection report will be used as a punch list or a bargaining tool.
How about payment?
Payment is expected at time of inspection unless other arrangements have been made in advance. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express and Gift cards. As well as Money Orders, Wire Transfers, Checks and Cash.
If you cannot or wish not to attend we will send you an online invoice to pay on the day of the inspection.