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Frequently Asked Home Inspection Questions
What is a Home Inspection?
Its an evaluation of the visible and accessible systems and components of a home. The inspection report will identify if any visible system or component do not function as intended or adversely affect the habitability of the dwelling, allowing for normal wear and tear. It will also state whether a reported condition requires repair, replacement, subsequent observation or warrants further investigation by a specialist. A home inspection provides the client with a better understanding of the property conditions, as inspected at the time of the inspection
Its equally important to understand what a home inspection is NOT. A home Inspector is a generalist and the inspection is not "technically exhaustive". It is not intended to be an appraisal of the property's value or use for any intended purpose. It is not a guarantee, warranty or insurance policy. It does not ensure that a home was built or complies with local building codes or protects you in the event an inspected item fails after the inspection. An inspection is not a to-do list of repairs.
In summary, a home inspection is an evaluation of the property at the time of inspection. It documents the condition of the major visible components and systems in a home. Its up to the client to decide if the home meets their requirements and criteria.
How long will an Inspection take?
On the average the on-site portion of the inspection will take 3 hours. Large homes will take longer and smaller homes can take less. The age and condition of a home are factors also. Remember the on-site inspection is only part of the process the report still has to be prepared and is the final product of the inspection. Our reports are usually available with in 36-48 hours of the inspection.
What is the cost?
Our prices start at $325 for a complete home inspection, $250 for condo/townhome and go up from there depending on a variety of factors, such as, the size of the home, age, condition, construction type (slab or crawl sapce). Additional services such as outbuildings, radon and Termite inspection to name a few also add to the cost of an inspection. We prefer that you call or submit our on-line request form to obtain an exact price quote.
Can I attend the Inspection?
Yes! While its not required, when possible you should participate in the inspection process. This allows you to see the process involved with inspecting your home, become educated on the maintenance, care and operation of your homes systems and allow us to review our inspection findings and discuss them with you. Frequently, customers will be there at the start of the inspection to meet the inspector and discuss any concerns they have and then return towards the end of the inspection to get a summary of the pertinent information.
Do you do on-site reports?
At Home Vue Inspections we take pride in our inspection and reports. Just as you have a due diligence period when buying a home we feel the inspector needs time to digest and compile the information collected during the inspection. We do not like to cut corners and rush the process and give you a simple check list with canned comments. Many times additional research is needed or clarification required on an issue. We take the time to provide you with a detailed, comprehensive and professionally prepared report. Our reports are usually available with in 36-48 hours after the inspection is performed.
Why is Certification important?
All home inspectors are required to be licensed by the State of North Carolina and take the required annual continuing education to maintain their license. The Home Inspector Licensure Board sets the minimum standards an individual must meet to be a licensed home inspector. However, it does not prevent an Inspector from seeking training and certification which exceeds these requirements. At Home Vue we believe that the best inspectors never stop learning and expanding their knowledge. That's why we are a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and have completed numerous additional hours of training and testing to become a Certified Professional Inspector and must continue our education to maintain Certification.
What do I do with the results?
Now that you've had an inspection its important to completely read the entire report and understand the items presented and any additional information provided and referenced. Remember the real estate process is a negotiation, the report is not a to-do list of repairs for the property owner. Its best to consult with your real estate professional and/or closing attorney with regard to addressing repairs as they are best suited to provide direction and have a better understanding of your position at the time and your intentions for use of the property.
- Read the Entire Report
- Consult with your real estate professional and/or attorney
- Do not ignore the inspectors recommendations, follow up before closing
- Contact the inspector if you don't understand any items in the report
- Arrange for inspection of items that were not evaluated/operated during the inspection due to access restraints, before closing.
Why are a lot of inspectors also general contractors?
When selecting a home inspector there are many factors to consider. One of the most important is he/she a full time inspector? Are they a franchise, multi inspector company or the owner of the company?
- Home Vue is a full time Home Inspection company.
- Home Vue is owner operated and not a big franchise
Many general contractors do home inspection as a "side" business to help fill in between contracting jobs or when construction business is slow. Obtaining a general contractor license is one of the fastest ways to become a Home Inspector. There are no prerequisites to become a general contractor, just pass the 90 question open book test, maintain your license for 6 months and you're eligible to take the Home Inspectors exam. A general contractor is not required to build anything or take any continuing education, ever!
- Home Vue annually exceeds the continuing education requirements
- Home Vue has over 30 + years of industry experience.
- Home Vue completed an accredited pre licensing classroom and field training program