How long does a home inspection take?
A typical inspection should take 2 to 3 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size and age of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on. As a courtesy to sellers, we recommend that they be informed of the time frame in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.
What do you look at?
We inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. Our goal is to identify any existing major problems and safety concerns that would affect a typical buyer’s decision to purchase.
How much does an inspection cost?
Our typical fee for an inspection is $265 to $355. However, some factors will affect the fee such as the size, age and location of the home. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the deciding factor unless the level of service offered is identical. Remember, you are considering a major purchase and your choice of home inspector should be based on getting the best value for your investment, not just the best price.
What is included in the fee?
Complete home inspection conducted by an experienced professional.
A comprehensive same day computerized home inspection report printed on site, e-mailed or burned onto CD.
Technical support for as long as you own your home.
Can I follow along?
Definitely. We encourage you to attend. The inspection is a valuable learning experience for most homebuyers.
Do I have to take notes?
You don’t have to take notes during the inspection. We will document everything in a written report. It’s much better to follow the inspector though, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It’s also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you.
Can I ask questions?
Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop the inspector and ask questions as you go. If the inspector’s comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation.
What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 – 3 hours walking through the home with the inspector. You won’t have to climb on the roof or go into the attic or crawl space, so your clothes won’t get dirty.
Can I bring my family?
We recommend that you not bring your family; this is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on the inspector’s comments – the fewer distractions, the better.
Do I get a copy of the report? When?
You do receive a copy of the report. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things we cover during a home inspection. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. It is delivered immediately after the inspection is completed. It is computerized so we can print it on paper, we can burn it on CD or we can e-mail it to where ever you need it to go.
If it’s really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?
No. Our goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play.
Do you offer a warranty on the house?
A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information. It’s a little like getting a check-up from your doctor: It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty.
Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house – they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don’t leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed. As such, we cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.
Home warranty programs are available from others. We would be happy to help you contact a warranty company.
How long has your company been in business?
Legacy Home Inspections has been in business since April of 2001. But our inspectors have over 100 years of combined experience in the home inspection and home building industry.
How many inspectors do you have?
We currently have 4 professional inspectors available to perform inspections. All of our inspectors have extensive backgrounds and experience in construction and home inspections.
What are your inspectors’ qualifications?
All of our inspectors are trained by ITA (Inspector Training Associates) or by AHIT (American Home Inspectors Training Institute. All have been certified by Heat Exchanger Experts. All were hired for their excellent communication skills and their hands-on experience. Our inspectors also keep their skills current with continuing education programs through ITA and ASHI, through our company training program and on their own.
Are you members of ASHI?
Our inspectors are either ASHI certified or are ASHI Candidates.
How many days notice do I need to give you?
Our team of inspectors is ready to serve you quickly. However, when the sale of a home is conditional on the results of a home inspection, we recommend that you allow at least three days to arrange for a home inspection.