Frequently Asked Questions
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. My emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would affect a purchasers buying decision and help the owner identify major defects and potential problems.
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 it, or before your one year home warranty expires. That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. My 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 buyers 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?
My thorough and comprehensive home 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.
How long will the Inspection take?
The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 3 to 4 hours is pretty typical. But 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. I can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. Since I am certified on the International Residential Building Code, I look for "code iissues" as well. Remember, the building code is the minimum standard. When some one says: "This house was build to the code!" They are saying: "This house was built to the minumum standard!" Going above and beyond the building code is a "good thing." Georgia's construction codes can be found at GA DCA Codes.
If your budget allows for multiple inspections, it’s especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls and ceilings are covered with sheetrock and insulation. By doing a "rough-in" inspection, I can check and identify problem areas where shortcuts have been taken, work is incomplete, or code issues are present.
How much should a Home Inspection cost?
My fees are based on the square footage and the type of foundation (slab foundation or crawlspace foundation). Call for a free quote.