What is a Home Inspection?


A home inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of the all the systems and physical structural elements of a home. Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would affect a purchasers buying decision.




Why do I need a Home Inspection?


A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy. That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. Our report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition. A professional inspection will give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, a listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyer's inspector. Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.




What does a Home Inspection include?


Our standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures. For more information, check out What We Do!




Do I need to be there during the Inspection?


No, you aren't required to be there for the inspection. We do highly reccomend it, if you're able to attend! Its a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection. By following the inspector, you can ask questions directly, and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. We feel you'll be able to best understand the information and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection. If you can't attend, though, don't worry: our inspection reports are clear and detailed, with pictures included, and we're available afterward for any questions you might have.




How long will the Inspection take?


The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, three hours is pretty typical. For larger homes or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.




Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?


Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is important. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. Its especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished. As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or not done good work. Read more here.




Why can't I do the Inspection myself?


Chances are that even if you are very familiar with home construction, you still don't have the specialized knowledge, training and experience of a professional Home Inspector. We've inspected thousands of homes. We are not only familiar with all the systems of a home, how they work, and how they need to be maintained, but we also know what to look for to tell us that they are getting ready to fail. But beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party. If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it's impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may cloud your judgment. The professional inspector will provide an objective outside reporting of the facts.




What if the Inspection uncovers problems?


Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs and expenses. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have the issues repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems before you buy gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.




Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?


No. The code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This ensures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home.




Do you have any sample reports so I know what to expect?


We do!




I like you! How do I order an Inspection?


We like you, too! You can order an inspection online. You can also call or email. Find all three options here.




I still have questions! When can I talk to somebody?


We're available by phone or email Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm, and we're open Saturdays from 8:00am until noon. We're closed most major holidays.




Do you have a warranty?


We do!




I was asked to sign an inspection agreement, but I don't see the email. Where can I find it?


Right here!




What standards do you meet?


We hold ourselves to strict standards. There are no federal laws governing home inspectors. We are regulated only by the individual states. Since the laws vary from state to state – and some states don’t even have home inspection regulations – how can you be sure that your inspector is qualified, experienced, and trustworthy? One way is through home inspector associations. Some of them require minimum training, education, experience, and adherence to ethical standards – be sure to check out the individual associations to see their individual requirements. Jim Ellis is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), you can be assured that not only is he qualified, but he also adheres to the association’s standards of practice and code of ethics. You can find more information about ASHI at their website. Most of our other inspectors are members of National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI). Whichever organization we belong to, we will always try to met our state's standards.




What is a Four Point Inspection?


A Four Point inspection focuses on the four major points of the home: HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems), electrical wiring and panels, plumbing system, and roof. This is often needed for insurance on older homes. We can perform the inspection either in conjunction with or instead of a standard home inspection.




What is a Wind Mitigation Inspection?


In Florida, we get a lot of high winds! A wind mitigation inspection helps make sure that your home can withstand the weather. In addition, certain levels of wind mitigation can qualify you for credits. We can perform the inspection either in conjunction with or instead of a standard home inspection.





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