Frequently Asked Questions

The first and most often asked question is -  What is included in the home inspection?

The purpose of a residential inspection is to disclose the general condition of the building, improvements, mechanical systems and appliances as they exist the day of the inspection.

  •  The scope of the home inspection is a visual observation, with limited use of mechanical instruments, of readily accessible areas of the building, improvements, mechanical systems and appliances.  The inspection is limited to areas and systems identified as follows: grounds and appurtenances; roofing / guttering / other roof components; home exteriors, garage / carports; electrical; basement / crawl space / slab; plumbing; heating; cooling; attic; and general interiors and kitchen / appliances.


  • The home inspection is limited to readily accessible areas.  No disassembly of equipment or activating or equipment that has been "shut-down" will be performed.  No opening of walls, moving of furniture, appliances, stored items, walking of roofs or excavation is to be performed.  Concealed, camouflaged or inaccessible conditions may be exposed.


  • Systems and conditions that are not within the scope of the home inspection include, but not limited to environmental hazards; pest infestation; portable appliances (e.g. washers, dryers, window air conditioners); security systems; telephone or television systems; fire or lawn sprinklers; swimming pools; spas or jetted tubs; tennis courts; playground or other residential or leisure appliances or equipment; below ground septic or drainage systems, water wells, zoning ordinances; or any items considered cosmetic in nature.  Any general comments about these systems and conditions are informational only and do not represent an inspection.


How long does the inspection process take?

The typical home inspection takes 2.5 ~ 3 hours based on the size and condition of the property.  It is necessary for all utilities to be turned on 24 hours prior to the inspection.


What are the responsibilities of the Home Inspector?

The procedures / responsibilities are Residential Standards that identify what is to be inspected and reported.

  • The Home Inspector will not disclose any information concerning the results of the inspection without the approval of the client or their representative.


  • The Home Inspector  will not accept compensation, financial or otherwise, from more than one interested party for the same service without the consent of all interested parties.


  • The Home Inspector will not accept, or offer commission or allowances, directly or indirectly, from other parties in connection with work for which the Inspector is responsible.


  • The Home Inspector will promptly disclose to the client any interest in a business, which may effect the client.  The Inspector will not allow an interest in any business to affect the quality or results of the inspection work, which the Inspector may be called upon to perform.  The Inspector may not perform any work of improvement to a residence upon which the Inspector performed a home inspection within the previous 12 months.


Do I need to be present during the home inspection?

The client need not be present during the inspection however, it may be beneficial for you to be present. Seeing the property through the inspector's eyes may be beneficial in helping you to understand the overall condition of the home, as well as the home inspection report at the conclusion of the inspection.


Does the Inspector Warranty or Guarantee his work?

The residential inspection report is not intended to be used as a guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding adequacy, performance, or condition of any inspected building improvements, mechanical system or appliances.  The Home Inspector will take no position on value nor make any representation as to advisability of purchase or suitability to use.  The Inspector will not incite or stir up quarrels or instigate groundless lawsuits.



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