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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We've compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about home inspections. If you don't see your question here, please don't hesitate to email or call us today. We're happy to answer any questions you have about our services or the process!


What does a home inspection include?

The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components. Please read our Standards and Policies for a more detailed explanation of home inspection practices.


Why do I need a home inspection?

Buying a home may be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about both a newly constructed or an existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify builder oversights or needed repairs, as well as necessary maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about your investment, which will allow you to make confident decisions.

If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify real-time problems and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.

If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.


What will an inspection cost?

The inspection fee will vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and additional services. The American Society of Home Inspectors says, "do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, compliance with your state’s regulations as a guide."


What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check, and credit cards. However, a cash payment will qualify for an additional $15 discount off your final bill.


Do I have to be at the inspection?

While R.I.S.E. does not require that you be present for the inspection, we highly recommended it. You will be able to observe and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.


What if the report reveals problems?

There is no such thing as a perfect house. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect.


Can a house fail an inspection?

No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house, not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.


How far will you travel to do an inspection?

We are based in Putnam County, TN and will travel in about one-hour's range (one direction) from home base. If you're not sure, it never hurts to ask! Just give us a call.