My house is going to be inspected.  Is there anything I need to do ahead of time?

Yes, preparation tips can be found HERE that the homeowner can follow to prepare the home for an inspection.  By making sure areas are accessible for inspection you can ensure the report is as complete as possible, and avoid making a second visit necessary.

How long does a home inspection take?

There are many factors that affect the duration of the visit, such as size, age, condition etc.  On average, an inspection will take approximately three hours to complete.

Should I attend the home inspection?

The inspection should be completed with the client in attendance; if the homeowner is not the client, we ask if possible for you to make arrangements to be away from the home during the estimated three hour inspection time.  Much like a regular house-showing, this makes the process less stressful for those involved in real estate transactions.  If your family includes pets, it is helpful to bring them with you, or notify Home Advantage of their presence and any potential concerns

What is inspected?

The inspection includes the entire home, inside and out, as well as any garages either attached or detached.  I examine the Interior, exterior, roof, foundation, attic, structure, plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling and insulation.  Home inspections are non-invasive – meaning installed systems are not dismantled, walls are not cut open and major furnishings / storage are not moved.  I also scan the interior and exterior of the home with a thermal imaging camera, to assist in finding areas of interest behind finished walls, floors and ceilings.  You can find the standards of practice for home inspectors HERE.

The seller has an inspection report – can I trust it?

I believe that pre-listing inspections are an important tool for the home seller.  The report can help the seller find and fix any issues before they market their home for sale, or disclose any known issues to the buyer up front.  When Home Advantage reports on a pre-list inspection, I offer a consultation service with prospective buyers for a small fee.  This allows the buyer to go over the report – or walk through the home with me.  As with any home inspection, make sure you do your homework: is the inspector a trained, qualified member of an association that strictly follows the standards of practice, and has no conflict of interest in the deal?

Does a home inspector pass / fail a home?

No.  A home inspection is meant to give you a “snapshot” of the condition of the house and all of its major systems on that day.  While inspectors give recommendations and implications of issues found, I do not offer advice on negotiations.  An inspector’s role is to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision on how to proceed, but it is your decision.

Can I order my own RecallChek or iVerify report?

Yes, you can order a report without having an inspection completed (or after the inspection process if you choose to add it on) by clicking one of the links below.  Please note, the iVerify report can only be ordered by, or with the consent of the property owner.  |