Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTION INCLUDE?

We follow the stringent guidelines and Inspection Standards of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI). The inspector typically spends 2 1/2 to 3 hours or about 1 hr. per 1,000 sq. ft. of home space performing a thorough, visual, functional and operational inspection of the many structural and mechanical components of the home. The inspection includes an evaluation of such important elements as: Grounds, Foundation, Structural, Attics, Roofs, Plumbing, Electrical, Heating, Air Conditioning, Appliances, etc. Additional available services include items such as Irrigation, Pools, Hot Tubs etc. A detailed report written in language that you can understand, will be furnished at the end of the day. We feel that a verbal consultation is a normal part of the inspection process and we are also available for additional consultation, should you deem it necessary.

CAN A HOUSE "FAIL" ITS INSPECTION?

No. A professional home inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of major repair or replacement immediately or in the near future. Furthermore, a visual inspection is not a guarantee or warranty of any type, but rather a snapshot in time.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

We feel our primary purpose is to educate our clients so they can make informed decisions. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO ATTEND THE HOME INSPECTION. By attending, you will learn first hand about how the various components and systems of the house work together to create a safe and secure shelter for your family and where possible repairs may be done to make it even better.

IF THE HOUSE PROVES TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION, WAS THE COST OF THE INSPECTION JUSTIFIED?

Absolutely. Now you can go forward with the purchase of your home confidently and with peace of mind. You will have a better understanding of your home and how best to schedule and budget any future repairs or renovations. The inspector’s written report will prove invaluable in planning and working with contractors, vendors and realtors.

WHEN DO I CALL IN THE HOME INSPECTOR?

A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the purchase contract, specifying that your purchase obligation is contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated with respect to any repairs the inspection may suggest.

CAN'T I DO IT MYSELF?

Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds, perhaps thousands, of homes in his or her career. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation and maintenance as well as local building and safety code requirements.  The inspector understands how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail. Above all, most people find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they own or really want to purchase and this may affect their judgment regarding the actual condition of the home. For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection- which is exactly what you will receive from Precisions Home & Property Inspections.