Inspection FAQs

Q: What is a home inspection and what can I expect from one?
A: A home inspection is a thorough look at the major systems of the home. See our rigorous standards of practice for a complete list of the systems covered in a home inspection. The goal of the inspection is to identify the systems of the home, and when possible identify system deficiencies and systems that are at or near the end of their useful life.

Q: How long does an inspection take?
A: A home inspection can take anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on the house, the inspector and the conditions at the time of the inspection.

Q: Do I have to attend the inspection?
A: Your attendance at the inspection is not required, but you will learn much more about your home by attending the inspection. Your inspector is an educated and experienced source of information about your home.

Q: How much does an inspection cost
A: Home inspections can cost a nominal fee. Fees are generally based on the size, location and age of the home. The inspectors fee for large homes, remotely located homes, and older homes can be significantly more. Most inspections cost less than $500. That's less than one-half of one percent of the average selling price of a home in our area. Considering the benefit you receive, a home inspection is a great value.

Q: Do I need to have my home inspected?
A: Yes. New or old, every home needs an inspection. Your inspector will provide you with a wealth of knowledge that's hard to acquire any other way. From the foundation to the roof, you'll gain important information about the largest investment you're likely to make in your lifetime. By helping you to better understand your house, a home inspection helps to pave the sometimes rocky road of home ownership.