What Expect Before, During, and After Your Home Inspection
BEFORE YOUR INSPECTION
AGREEMENT & PAYMENT
If you schedules a home inspection, you may have received an email confirming the inspection date, time, and address. Please ensure that you have signed the inspection agreement prior to the day of the inspection. Payment is also required prior to the inspection, if you’d like to pay with cash or check at the time of inspection, that is fine, please contact me.
If the home is vacant, I recommend confirming with your realtor that the utilities are on (water, power, gas), as well as confirming that all shut-off valves and/or breakers are in the on position, as my insurance does not allow me to activate or shut down items or appliances.
If the home is occupied, I recommend consulting with your realtor and/or the seller(s) to ensure that the attic is accessible with any personal belongings removed from access locations. Personal belongings should also be removed from areas surrounding major appliances (HVAC and Water Heaters), crawl space accesses, electrical panels, etc. If personal belongings are present in these areas at the time of inspection, these items and areas will be inspected as best I can from visible portions, as personal items are not moved for the sake of accessibility.
A return-trip to inspect items that were not accessible or ready will cost an additional fee which depends on the location of the property because this is time taken away from inspecting another house.
You’ll receive a reminder email the day prior to your inspection.
DURING YOUR INSPECTION
DISCUSSIONS, QUESTIONS, AND SAFETY MEASURES
You are encouraged to attend the inspection for a recap on the deficiencies found with the home. You are welcome to attend the entire inspection or come towards the end of the inspection. If you are unable to attend, a phone conference can be scheduled for after the inspection to review the report and photos/videos. You are welcome to ask questions during the inspection or you can hold your questions until the end. Please understand that I do have a routine and system that is conducted on every home, and I concentrate to ensure I’m able to look over everything thoroughly to provide you with the service you deserve.
Inspections typically last between 2 – 4 hours based on the age, size, and condition of the home.
IF THERE IS VISIBLE FUNGAL GROWTH
If visible fungal growth (possible mold) is found during the inspection, I can take surface samples of the growth and send these sample(s) to the lab for an additional fee. More information about mold testing can be found here.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY TESTING
Indoor air quality testing can also be conducted if a musty smell is present in the home or moisture intrusion (typically from rain leaks or plumbing leaks) is found. These services will be accompanied by an additional agreement and report. More information about mold testing can be found here.
AFTER YOUR INSPECTION
You will receive the inspection report the evening of the inspection, or within 24 hours of the inspection by email.
THOROUGH & DETAILED INFORMATION
The inspection report will contain a lot of information. I provide this much information, not in an attempt to overwhelm you, but to give you as much information about your potential home that I possibly can. It is not uncommon for there to be 30 or more defects with a home so do not despair if you get a long report because this is normal.
COMMUNICATION & SUPPORT
Lastly, I’m available by phone, text, or e-mail to answer any questions you may have about information in the inspection report or about your home after moving in.