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Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ:

Do I need Thermal Imaging?

Yes, If you are Hiring a home inspector and he does not offer thermal Imaging it is simply because he does not want to pay the thousands of dollars these cameras cost. A thermal Camera can uncover many issues that the naked eye can not see, click the thermal imaging tab above to see. Note: we include thermal Imaging free with each home inspection.

How Long does the inspection take?

There is no set time for an inspection, all houses are different it usually takes between 2 to 4 hours depending on the house.

When Will I receive my Report?

You will receive your report usually within 2 to 3 hours after the inspection Is completed.

Do You Inspect/enter Crawlspaces?

Yes I Do enter crawlspaces and Inspect them this is a very common place to find problems. I Do not enter crawlspaces that have animals such as raccoons living in them, or crawlspaces that are unsafe such as electrical lines and water in the same space.

How Much does the Inspection cost?

The cost of the inspection varies on the size and location of the home. Buying a home?It is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make. This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection. The cost of a home inspection is very small relative to the value of the home being inspected. The additional cost of hiring an InterNACHI-certified inspector is almost insignificant by comparison. You have recently been crunching the numbers — negotiating offers, adding up closing costs, shopping for mortgages — and trying to get the best deals. Don’t stop now. Don’t let your real estate agent, a “patty-cake” inspector, or anyone else talk you into skimping on the home inspection. InterNACHI-certified inspectors perform the best inspections by far. InterNACHI-certified inspectors earn their fees many times over. As the most qualified inspectors, they do more, they deserve more, and — yes — they generally charge a little more. Do yourself a favor and pay a little more for the quality inspection you deserve.

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a thorough visual examination of the physical structure and systems of the property for the purposes of providing an objective, independent, professional opinion about the condition of the property. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, or mobile home, you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector.

What does a home inspection include?

A complete inspection includes a visual examination of the building from top to bottom. The inspector evaluates and reports the condition of the structure, drainage, heating and air conditioning systems, visible interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors. Only those items that are visible and accessible by normal means are included in the report.

When do I request a home inspector?

The best time to consult the inspector is right after your offer has been accepted on your new property. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to inspect the property. Ask your real estate agent to include this inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection. To insure you receive the best possible inspection, ask your real estate agent to check and see if the water, natural gas and electricity are turned on.

Can a property fail an inspection?

No. A professional inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective real estate purchase. It is not an appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. An inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a property, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of repair or replacement at some point and time.

Should I attend the inspection?

Yes, if you can possibly be there, it is a good idea, but it is not mandatory. By following the inspector through the inspection, observing and asking questions, you will learn about the property and get some tips on general maintenance that may be helpful after you move in.

What if the report reveals problems?

No house is perfect. If problems are identified, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.

About Author

Written by Dean White

Dean White

Dean White is a Certified Master (home) Inspector (CMI) and Owner of Direct Check Home Inspections and Thermal Imaging, servicing the Windsor to Chatham-Kent area. He specializes in Thermal Imaging (infrared), Home Energy efficiency and Mold and Radon testing.

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