When do I contact a home inspector?
Buyers: A Home Inspector is contacted when the contract or purchase agreement is signed. Prior to signing, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. The clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Sellers: For existing homeowners, a home inspector can identify problems and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs and put your home in better selling condition
1. What does your inspection cover?
My inspections cover plumbing, heating, electrical, and structural areas of the property using a visual, non-destructive inspection focusing on major deficiencies in a property. My inspection reports meet and exceed the requirements for both New York State and the American Society of Home Inspectors Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. I am happy to discuss any part of your potential home inspection ahead of time with you. The link for the NYS Standards is here http://www.dos.state.ny.us/licensing/homeinspect/hinspect_ethics.html
2. Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
No I do not perform any repairs, nor do I make any referrals for contractors. As a home inspector, I am in a unique position to create or steer work to others; therefore I feel it is a conflict of interest to make referrals of any kind. The NYS and ASHI Codes of Ethics both echo that sentiment.
3. How long will the inspection take?
It depends on the home and the client, but 2 to 2 1/2 hours is typical. Difficult homes take longer, and some clients ask more questions. The important thing to remember is that I will never rush you or the inspection. That time is both yours to ask questions and mine to perform a great inspection for you.
4. How much will it cost?
It depends on the size of the home, but most inspections are in the vicinity of $300-$375. A word of caution...don't let a lowball price be the deciding factor for you. You should first and foremost trust that your inspector will do a good job for you. Hire him based on that most important factor.
5. What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?
I provide a very comprehensive and easy-to-understand report that includes digital pictures. The average length of the report is 20+ pages and you will get a nice binder to keep it in. I will either provide the report on site when the inspection is concluded, or email you the report within 24 hours; many times later that same evening.
6. Will I be able to attend the inspection?
While it's not required that you be present for the inspection, it is recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
7. Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association?
Yes. I am licensed as a Home Inspector by New York State (#16000051921) and a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI Inspector #247970). I am also a member of the Orleans Co. Chamber of Commerce.
8. Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up to date?
Yes absolutely. I continue to take continuing education courses and stay up-to-date on the very latest inspection techniques and employ the latest technology in the course of my inspections.