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 if you let us know before signing your contract.
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. Some clients prefer to arrive at the end of the inspection for an in-person summary of findings.
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.
What if I need to cancel my inspection?
A minimum of 48 hours written notice is required for cancellations. Cancellations are up to 50% refundable. Cancellations received 48 hours or less advance notice from the scheduled appointment are non-refundable and will be issued a credit toward another similar type of inspection with the client paying any differences in cost, to be used within 3 months. The inspector is entitled to terminate the contract, if the client does not meet the 24 hour deadline to fulfill contract and payment responsibilities.
How far will you travel to do an inspection?
We are based in Putnam County, TN and will travel about one-hour’s distance from home base. If you’re not sure, it never hurts to ask! Just give us a call.
I only had a 4-point inspection done on my last home, why would I want a complete home inspection instead?
There are four main components being examined during a four-point inspection: 1) Electrical, 2) Plumbing, 3) Roof and Structure, and 4)HVAC System. Insurance companies and underwriters use this inspection to determine if the house has any increased risks. When a home is under contract, there is a clause allowing for the buyers to get a full home inspection. If an inspection uncovers something the buyers don’t feel comfortable with, this clause allows them to void the contract and receive any earnest money back. Because a 4 point inspection only looks at 4 points (the ones mentioned above), it doesn’t legally satisfy this clause. Therefore, even if the four point inspection shows that the roof is 20 years old, the buyers may not be able to get out of their contract.