Q. Why do I need a home inspection?
A. The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should try to learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy. A good home inspection can help minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the house you are about to purchase along with maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape.
If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and learn preventative measures which might avoid costly repairs. This will give you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
Q. What will it cost?
A. The inspection fee for a typical one family house varies depending on its size, age, location and possible additional services, such as radon testing.
A-1 House Inspectors' prices are competitive and our service is second to none. In instances of larger homes. we may send
two inspectors for the same price for a less time consuming inspection.
Q. What does the report consist of and when will we receive it?
A. A-1 House Inspectors issues a two part report. The first section is an informational report with detail on everything from what size HVAC filters to how much insulation is in the attic. It encompasses appliances, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and structural makeup of the house. The informational pages also contain maintenance related items we have noted during the course of the inspection.
The second section of the report is a summary of the problems we have found with the house. This will include a description of each problem, how the problem effects the home, and the recommended action. This may include digital photos of problem areas if deemed necessary to facilitate repair or location of problem area.
Q. Can a house fail inspection?
A. No. A home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector therefore will not pass or fail a house but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.
Q. Do I have to be present during the inspection?
A. It is not necessary for you to be at the inspection, but it is recommended. You will be able to observe the inspection and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work and how to maintain it. If you are unable to attend, we will gladly discuss
our findings with you via phone or email. As always, our clients have free
lifetime technical support and are always welcome to call us with house questions.
Q. What if the report reveals problems?
A. With over 25,000 inspections performed, we have yet to see a "perfect house". If we identify problems, it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't buy the house. You will simply know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or make repairs if major problems are found. If your budget is tight or if you don't wish to become involved in future repairs, this information will be extremely important and beneficial to you.