Home Inspections

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.

How long does a home inspection take?
On average, a single-family home inspection usually takes 2-3 hours on-site to complete, though this is heavily dependent on the size and condition of the home. After the inspection process, we will send the client and realtor an inspection report (typically within 48 hours) that covers the findings, complete with pictures, analysis, and recommendations. Our reports are typically a 30-35 page narrative report that is easy to read and understand.
What does a home inspection include?

The report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing system; electrical system; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; and the foundation, basement and structural components. ASHI publishes a Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what to expect to be covered in the home inspection report.

Exceptions: It is important to note that there may be some exceptions. If certain areas are inaccessible (locked door, tenant’s belongings in the way) or unsafe conditions (severely steep roofs, poor structural integrity) we will explain the situation and note that they were not able to assess that specific area or system.

Can I see a sample report?

Here is an example of a home inspection report to give you an idea of the narrative style and content that you will receive.  

How much does an inspection cost?

See our Rates page to see the standard rates for home inspections. Detached outbuildings may be an additional charge. Please contact us for pricing on detached structures.

Why do homebuyers need a home inspection?

Buying a home could be the largest single investment the homebuyer will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, homebuyers should strive to learn as much as they can about the house before they buy it, and home sellers should strive to disclose as much as possible to prevent problems down the road. 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. Through the home inspection process, homebuyers will have a better understanding about their prospective house, which will allow them to make decisions with confidence. If a homeowner is planning to sell their home, a home inspection can give them the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.

Do the homebuyers or sellers have to be there?

It is not required for the homebuyer or seller to be present for the inspection. However, ASHI recommends a homebuyer attend so they can receive the most value from their inspection. Attending the inspection allows homebuyers to observe the inspector and ask questions throughout the process. Many homebuyers find that talking with their inspectors gives them a better understanding the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

Can a house fail a home inspection?

A professional home inspection is an examination and objective assessment of the current condition of a house. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement. A home inspection is not an appraisal and will not determine the home’s market value. It is also not a municipal inspection and does not verify local code compliance.

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