Home Inspection FAQ

We have provided the most commonly asked questions regarding a Home Inspection.

Home Inspection FAQ

1. What does a home inspection include? 

The standard home inspector's report will review the condition of: the heating system, the electrical system, the cooling system, the interior plumbing, the roof surface, attic, insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, appliances, foundation, basement, exterior, drainage and structure.

2. Is It Okay to Perform the Inspection Myself?

Inspecting your own potential house is not recommended. Home inspectors are specially trained to look for things you may miss. Unless you are a home inspector yourself, seek out a professional. Some states or financial lenders require a licensed inspector to complete the inspection.

3. Do you offer mold testing?

Yes, we offer mold testing. A mold test will identify what types of mold are present and the spore count at the exact moment in time that we took the test. It does NOT indicate if the mold is harmful or if there is a harmful level of mold present in the home. 

4. How Much Experience Does the Inspector Have?

Inquire about the inspector’s level of experience and ask for references. Inspectors who are confident in their service should willingly supply you with a list of references that can confirm they provide quality service.

5. How Long Will the Inspection Take?

Knowing the length of time for an inspection is important because you usually have to arrange a time with the realtor and the current owner for the inspector to examine the house. Since an inspection usually involves looking at pipes, wiring, roofing, and areas that may be hard to reach, it may require hours to complete. The home inspector you choose should provide you with an accurate estimate of how long the inspection is expected to take.

6. Should I be present for the inspection? 

It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly, as you learn about the condition of the home. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you've seen the property first-hand through the inspector's eyes.

7. What Type of Inspection Report is Supplied and How Long Does it Take to Submit?

In many states, a report showing that an inspection was completed and what the inspection found is required before purchase. As with the specific state requirements for what is inspected, there is usually a requirement for what is listed on the form.

8. What Happens if There Are Problems Found During the Inspection?

Potential problems may be discovered during the inspection. The seller of the home is not automatically required to repair any problems that the inspector finds. As the buyer, you can negotiate for the repairs to be made before you buy the home. If the seller is not willing to do the repairs for you, you will need to make other arrangements or terminate the contract. If you still want to purchase the house but are unable to get the financial lender to approve the loan until the repairs are made, you may have to make the repairs at your own expense.

We will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have. Please call: 732-674-1800