WHEN SHOULD I GET A HOME INSPECTION?
Home inspections are typically conducted after an agreement is reached between the buyer and seller. A sales contract is then written and is conditional upon a satisfactory home inspection. The inspection should be performed within a few days. Usually there is an inspection period of 7-10 days. We recommend doing the inspection as soon as possible. The purpose of the inspection is to present the buyer with an overall view of the physical condition of the home. After the inspection is completed, a written report is prepared for the home buyer which documents the results of the inspection. Although a home inspection should emphasize the positive characteristics of a home, the information can also help you to negotiate a lower price on the home, based on problems that may be discovered.
DO YOU ENCOURAGE THE CLIENT TO ATTEND THE INSPECTION?
YES, We always encourage buyers to attend the inspection. Buyers that attend have a better understanding of the property as viewed by the inspector and are better able to read and interpret the final report. Specific questions that a buyer may have can often be answered at the inspection.
HOW SOON CAN YOU TYPICALLY SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION AND WHEN WOULD I GET THE REPORT?
An inspection can usually be scheduled within one or two days. We provide a comprehensive written report that is normally available 24-48 hours after the physical inspection of the property, depending on the research done with the building department. Reports are e-mailed to expedite delivery.
HOW MUCH WILL THE INSPECTION COST?
The inspection fees vary in accordance with the year of construction, number of stories, size and type of property. Call our office or fill out the form for a specific quote for your property.
WHAT FORM OF PAYMENT IS ACCEPTED?
Major credits cards, personal check or cash are accepted forms of payment. We do request payment at or prior to the inspection.
DO ALL THE UTILITIES NEED TO BE ON PRIOR TO THE INSPECTION?
YES. Please make sure that all of the utilities including gas, water and electricity are turned on prior to the inspection. Taking this very important step will help to expedite your inspection and ensure that everything is inspected properly. Your Realtor should be able to help you in making sure that all of the utilities are turned on.
HOW LONG DOES THE INSPECTION TAKE?
Most Inspections take anywhere from 2-3 hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home.
CAN A HOUSE FAIL A HOME INSPECTION?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies compliance to local codes and standards. A home inspector cannot pass or fail a house. A home inspection simply describes in detail the current physical condition of a property and indicates what may need repair or replacement.
WHAT IF THE REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?
No house is perfect. When the inspector identifies problems, it does not indicate you should not buy the house. Findings in the report serve to educate you about the current condition of the property. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are discovered during an inspection. If your budget is tight, or if you do not want to be involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely valuable, and could possibly save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
SHOULD MY HOME BE TESTED FOR RADON?
Radon has been considered to be the second leading cause of lung cancer and leading environmental cause of cancer mortality by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and encourages all homeowners to test their residences for radon gas concentrations. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It is a colorless and odorless and cannot be detected by the human senses alone. Any home can potentially have a radon problem. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground and into the home. The greatest risks of radon exposure comes from buildings and structures that are airtight, poorly ventilated and have foundation leaks that allow air from the soil into the property. If your home is tested for radon and is confirmed that you have elevated levels, a Radon Reduction Systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99 percent. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs but the first step is for a radon test to be performed. A Radon test takes 72 hours to be done. Please call for more information.
SHOULD I HAVE MY WATER TESTED?
This is a question that concerns your health and the health of your family. Illness and a host of less serious problems such as taste, color, odor and staining of clothes or fixtures are signs of possible water quality problems. If you think that lead may be present in some of your household plumbing materials and water service lines, it may be a good idea to have your water tested. Most water systems test for lead as a regular part of water monitoring. But this does not reflect conditions at a specific household faucet. If you want to know if your home’s drinking water contains unsafe levels of lead, have your water tested. Testing is the only way to confirm if lead is present or absent. Some faucet and pitcher filters can remove lead from drinking water. If you use a filter to remove lead, be sure you get one that is certified to remove lead.
SHOULD I TEST FOR LEAD?
Lead in your home can cause serious health and behavioral issues in children especially those who are under 6 years of age. Pregnant woman can also be affected since lead can cause developmental problems in the fetus. If your home was built prior to 1978 and/or your home is located in an area that has a high volume of traffic such as a highway or other roadways and you’re pregnant and/or have children, you should seriously consider having your home tested for the presence of lead.
SHOULD MY HOME BE TESTED FOR MOLD?
Simply put, mold can cause health problems. The types and severity of symptoms depend, in part, on the types of mold present, the extent of an individual’s exposure, the ages of the individuals and their existing sensitivities or allergies. If you have allergies such as sneezing, coughing or itchy eyes, testing for mold in your home may determine if what you are experiencing is related to mold exposure. When moisture problems occur and mold growth results, building occupants may begin to report odors and a variety of health problems, such as headaches, breathing difficulties, skin irritation, allergic reactions and aggravation of asthma symptoms; all of these symptoms could potentially be associated with mold exposure. Mold testing in your residence will detect the types of molds, levels and allergic potential effects. A certificate of mold analysis will be issued from a certified environmental lab upon completion, with detailed steps on how to prevent future mold. A home inspection can’t always expose conditions of mold unless it’s found in a visible area. This is not often the case.