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Why do I need a home inspection?

A home inspection will give you a thorough and detailed report on what to expect when purchasing a home.  I will provide you with important information, so you know where money will need to be spent, and a possible list of items to negotiate in the sales contract.  You will know the age of the systems, such as the HVAC and water heater, the age of the roof and condition, type of plumbing, any electrical issues, and so much more.  Don't buy a money pit!

What is included in a standard home inspection?

A home inspection is considered a limited, visual inspection.  I will not break down walls to see the structure, but will just observe what is readily in front of me.  A home inspection includes an inspection of the grading of the lot, foundation, exterior finishes, roof, attic, crawlspace(if necessary), plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems, the water heater, and all the interior finishes.

Who do I have do the repairs? You?

As a home inspector, I choose not to do any repairs as it may be a conflict of interest.  I have a list of tradesmen, and licensed and insured subcontractors that I can refer to you.  You may choose to use who I recommend, or you may not, but just please make sure that who you hire is licensed and insured.  There is an old saying that I find resonates well in this industry: "good, fast and cheap," pick two, you can't have all three.  You can have good and fast, but it won't be cheap.  You get the idea.

How long does a home inspection take?

A home inspection typically takes about 2.5 hours.

How much does a home inspection cost?

I have rates starting at $275, please see my services page.

Do you do swimming pools, well and septic?

I am not licensed to do a swimming pool, well, or septic.  I can look at these components and give you a general understanding.  However, a pool is typically inspected by a professional in that industry.  As a home inspector, I am a general doctor.  If a patient has a cardiovascular issue, a general doctor would refer a Cardiologist.  I might be able to see an issue with the pool pump, however; I would have to refer someone who is more specialized in diagnosing and repairing defects in this area.