Who does the inspector work for?
As our client, our responsibility is to you and you alone. We may know your realtor or the other party's agent but we do not receive compensation of any sort from any realtors, builders or any other businesses.
Who needs to be there during the inspection?
It is not necessary that you attend but we recommend that you do so. This way we can address any questions you might have directly, illustrate the function of your home's systems, and clearly explain any issues that the inspection uncovers. The inspection is as much about
educating you, our client, about the home as it is about the inspection itself.
How long does an inspection take?
3 to 4 hours. More for larger or more complex homes, 2 to 3 hours for smaller homes and condos. All in all, we try to take the time needed.
How long before you get the report?
Whenever possible at the end of the inspection itself it is good to all sit and go over images and important findings. The full report is normally delivered in 24 hours or less.
How do you inspect the roof?
When safely possible, we will directly get onto and walk the roof. If that is not possible, such as if the roof pitch is too steep, the roof it wet or icy or walking on the roof might cause damage a visual inspection from the ground is performed. We use methods such as remote pole mount cameras. With access available, the roof decking and penetrations are always checked from within the attic.
What is covered in an inspection?
In short, along with the structure, exterior, decks, porches, roof, gutters and drainage the inspection covers all the major home systems. Equipment such as HVAC, hot water, plumbing, and electrical systems along with the condition and function of commonly installed appliances such as the dishwasher, oven, washing machines and dryers. The plumbing fixtures such as sinks, toilets, showers, faucets, hose bibs shut off valves and things such as doors, windows, and locks are all inspected. If safe access is available, the inspection also covers crawl spaces, attic framing and insulation.