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INSPECTION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

INSPECTION SCOPE AND PROCESS
What is involved in a home inspection?
How long will the inspection take?
Who should be there?
Does the inspection include a warranty or guarantee?
Do you offer telephone consultation after the inspection?
How do we select a home inspector?
How do we prepare for a home inspection?

   
ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING AND SERVICES
What additional services do you provide?
When will we receive water reports?
When will we receive the radon report?
When will we recieve the carbon monoxide report?
   
INSPECTION REPORT
When will we receive a written report of the inspection?
Do you give prices for suggested repairs?
 
INSPECTION SCOPE & PROCESS
Q. What is involved in a home inspection?
A. A home inspection is an evaluation of the home encompassing those features that are readily accessible to view. We evaluate exterior features: windows, siding, roof, etc. We evaluate all mechanical (electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling, and ventilation) systems and the structural integrity of the home for functionality and safety. We also discuss environmental hazards and any other concerns you have about your home. For more detail click here.
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Q. How long will the inspection take?
A. A typical inspection will take from 2-3 hours depending on the complexity and condition of the home. Be prepared to spend that time learning about your new home to make the most of your investment.
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Q. Who should be there?
A. We strongly encourage our customers, spouses, and significant others to attend the entire inspection. You will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss your concerns. This will give you the opportunity to learn the condition, maintenance requirements, and safety information for your home. It is an opportunity for our customers to take advantage of our extensive experience and training.
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Q. Does the inspection include a warranty or guarantee?
A. Our report is an opinion on the conditions observed at the home on the day of the inspection. There is no guarantee offered or implied. If you have concerns in this arena, we can provide a home warranty that will cover the mechanical systems of the home for an additional fee.
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Q. Do you offer telephone consultation after the inspection?
A. Telephone consultation on your home is FREE for as long as you own the home.
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Q. How do we select a home inspector?
A. Before you make a decision, determine whether the inspector is licensed, whether the inspector is a member of ASHI (American Society of Home Inpsectors) or other professional group, the scope of services offered, and the type and timeliness of the report that client receives. For more detail click here.
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Q. How do we prepare for a home inspection?
A. A home inspection can be an overwhelming experience if a client is not prepared. The client will gain infinitely more from the inspection by focusing on the entire process with his/her time, attention, & questions regarding the home. Be prepared to learn about the safety, environmental, and structural assets and concerns of the home. For more details click here.
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  ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING & SERVICES
Q. What additional services do you provide?
A. We provide pest inspections, septic inspections, comprehensive water testing, well flow testing, radon testing, carbon monoxide testing, and lead based paint testing. We can also arrange for additonal testing for asbestos fibers and other environmental concerns.
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Q. When will we receive water reports?
A. Water flow tests will be given to the client on site. Well water samples for potability are forwarded to our state approved laboratory for analysis. Reports are mailed directly to our clients in 3-4 days. Additional testing may be done for radon in water and a wide variety of organic and inorganic compounds.
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Q. When do we receive the radon report?
A. We use continuous monitors to test for radon concentrations. These monitors take hourly readings throughout the 48 hour test period. At the completion of the test, the monitor is returned to our office where the information is downloaded. A report is immediately prepared and mailed to our client.
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Q. When will we receive the carbon monoxide report?
A. We perform two types of carbon monoxide (CO) tests: a long term test and a grab test. The grab test uses a Bachrach Monoxor II which samples CO concentrations in and around the heating equipment. The results of this test are available immediately. Our continuous monitors sample CO similarly to radon. As with radon, the results of this test is mailed to our client immediately after the 48 hour test is done.
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  INSPECTION REPORT
Q. When will we receive a written report of the inspection?
A. For most inspections, the report will be given to the client at the time of the inspection. If the home is too complex for our onsite report, a narrative report will be prepared and mailed within 48 hours.
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Q. Do you give prices for suggested repairs?
A. Ballpark estimates are verbally discussed for deficiencies. You will be encouraged to obtain exact pricing from local contractors for such items.
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