What is a Home Inspection?

Why do I need a Home Inspection?

What does a Home Inspection include?

Do I need to be there during the Inspection?

How long will the Inspection take?

Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?

Why can't I do the Inspection myself?

What if the Inspection uncovers problems?

Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?

What is a Home Inspection?   Back to top

A home inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of the all the systems and physical structural elements of a home. Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that are associated with the property.

Why do I need a Home Inspection?   Back to top

A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy. That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. Our report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in good condition. A professional inspection will give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, an inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyers inspector. Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.

What does a Home Inspection include?   Back to top

Our standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures.

Do I need to be there during the Inspection?   Back to top

No, you aren't required to be there for the inspection. Our Inspection Report is so detailed that you will be able to understand the issues without being there. If you choose to be at the inspection, we ask that you leave family members and relatives at home. If you would like to show these people the property, we ask that you make an additional appointment with your agent or the owner of the property. We have had people break the owner's personal belongings and even cause damage to the home. I even had one mom that let her kids play tug of war with the homeowner's cat. This causes distractions that can result in loss of detail to the inspection report. If you choose to come to the inspection, we would prefer that you come at the end so that the focus and detail can remain on the home during the inspection process.

How long will the Inspection take?   Back to top

The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 3 and 1/2 hours is pretty typical. But for larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.

Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?   Back to top

Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home should be mandatory. We inspect new construction all the time. With the low cost of the inspection and the high cost of your investment, it would be a huge mistake to not have all of the sub-contractors work looked at to verify proper installation. Also, the builder's warranty may not cover all issues after the purchase. We find problems and issues with new construction all the time. When these issues are new, they can be fixed quickly without causing long term damage. It is much easier to negotiate problems with the new property before you sign the papers than after you sign. We have yet to inspect a brand new construction property that is perfect.

Why can't I do the Inspection myself?   Back to top

Chances are that even if you are very familiar with home construction, you still don't have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional Home Inspector. We look at properties every day. We've inspected thousands of homes. We are very familiar with all the systems of a home, and how they work and need to be maintained. If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it's impossible for you to remain completely neutral in regards to the property. This can cloud your judgment. Inspection Specialists, LLC is a separate third party which has no interest in the property. We are there to give our client the facts about the condition of the property. Your uncle, dad or grandpa who used to build houses is not qualified to evaluate the biggest investment of your life. 

What if the Inspection uncovers problems?   Back to top

Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you and your representing agent to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase.

Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?   Back to top

No. The code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home.