Q. WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
A. A home inspection is a visual examination of the components and systems of a home. It includes a top to bottom, in and out check from an unbiased source, namely me. When I inspect a home for you, I will be giving it a physical check-up. When problems are found, I may recommend further evaluation and repair by a qualified professional.
Q. WHY DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
A. My service will help you understand the overall general condition of the home and property. It is important for you to know as much about the home as possible. Hiring me to point out things needing attention is much better than being surprised by finding them when you least expected it.
I will also point out good things as well as giving you tips on maintenance to help you keep it in good shape. After you spend time with me during the inspection you will know much more about the home. Safety issues are also important to me and I will point those out when I see them and give recommendations.
Q. CAN I DO IT MYSELF?
A. I guess you could do it yourself, but do you have the in depth and concentrated training that I do? I have lived in my home for many years and I thought I knew everything about it. Then I spent a large amount of time on home inspector training and doing home inspections in Maryland. Let me tell you, I was mistaken when I thought I knew everything about my home. After becoming a qualified home inspector and taking another look at my home, I made a list of things I needed to do.
Besides all of that, you may have an emotional attraction to the home needing the inspection. Let’s face it, we should focus on logic when evaluating the home and leave the emotion aside. Since I don’t have an emotional attachment to the home in question, my vision won’t be clouded.
Q. CAN A HOUSE FAIL INSPECTION?
A. A home inspection is not about passing or failing so the answer is no. A home inspection is simply an examination and report about the condition of the systems and components of the home on that particular day. I simply inspect and provide you with information and recommendations. What you decide to do with the information is between you and any other interested parties.
Q. WHEN DO I CALL YOU FOR A HOME INSPECTION?
A. If you are buying a home, you can call me right after you sign a contract or purchase agreement. I will make myself available to you as soon as possible. Before you sign a contract, check with your agent about any inspection clause that might be in the contract. In the State of Maryland there is an inspection addendum agreement that is signed by the parties. Pay close attention to these details to be informed of the obligations of all parties involved.
You can also call me if you are a seller. I even have a scaled down service especially designed for sellers.
Q. DO I HAVE TO BE THERE?
A. It is not necessary for you to be there during the inspection but I do need a signed contract before I begin and I will need payment if you won’t be there when I leave. You could meet me there, sign the contract, pay me and then leave if you want.
With that said, I do recommend that you stay and follow me around. I will be able to point many things out to you directly and explain them on the spot. There will still be a written report but the value of communication in person is hard to beat.
You will be able to observe me and ask questions directly. You will learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it. Being there in person will also help you understand the written report much easier.
Q. WHAT IF THE REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?
A. There is no perfect house and I can almost guarantee you I will find some things in need of repair. If a purchase is involved, this does not mean you should not buy the house. When I find problems, which is my goal, I am giving you an idea of what to expect. Many times the results of the inspection can result in an adjustment of the sale price or agreements between parties to have things repaired prior to settlement. This makes the inspection fee money well spent.
Q. IF THE HOUSE PROVES TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION, DID I REALLY NEED AN INSPECTION?
A. You definitely did. Now you can go forward with your home purchase thinking clearly and knowing the overall general condition of the property and its systems. I can’t judge your current knowledge of home maintenance but there is a good chance you will have a better understanding of that as well.
Q. WHAT TYPES OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT AND WHEN IS IT DUE?
A. I accept cash, check, money order, PayPal online and credit cards. The payment is due on the day of the inspection before I leave the property.