How long does an inspection usually take?

A typical home inspection takes between 2-3 hours. Some older and/or larger homes can take longer. As a courtesy to the client, an estimated time will be given once the inspection is arranged.

What do you look at?

We identify all major deficiencies and most minor deficiencies in the basement, foundation and structure, in addition to the systems: plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning, insulation, interior walls, floors, rails, ceilings, attic spaces, crawl spaces, garage, and fireplace. Infrared imaging services are also available.

How much does an inspection cost?

The typically cost of a home inspection is $350.00, depending on the size of the house. Please visit our price list page for our detailed pricing.

I’m going to buy a house. When shall I call in the Home Inspector?

A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

Can I tag along for the inspection? Can other people come too?

We encourage you to be present for the inspection. This is a valuable learning experience for most home buyers, sellers and owners. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions about the condition of the home and view demonstrations of certain parts, components and systems. You may have other people accompany you during the inspection.

What is the format of the report?

The report consists of a checklist. The checklist indicates what is physically present and its condition. The home owner’s manual (optional) supports the checklist with additional information such as the uses and maintenance for a given material or component and what a given deficiency means. You can view our Sample Inspection Report online .

Will you give an overall rating to the house?

We usually do not write it in the report, but we will tell you if the house is above average, average, below average or failed. See our subjective grading system below.

 

E     Excellent, above average, new or like new. e.g. A new roof on an older house.

A     Average, in typical condition for its age, showing normal wear and tear. (e.g. Five year old roof that looks 5 years old and a 5 year old house)

C     Below average, prematurely aged, showing heavy or excess wear and tear, or delayed maintenance. Perhaps showing minor (curable) defects. (e.g. A five year old roof that shows the wear and tear or age characteristics of a 10 year old roof.)

F     Substandard, failed, or reaching the end of its life expectancy. Any further service, even with repairs, should be considered a gift.