Frequently Asked Questions
What will you inspect?
As per the American Society of Home Inspectors' Standards of Practice, I will inspect readily accessible, visually observable, installed systems and components. These include elements of your foundation, exterior, roof, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, interior, insulation and ventilation, and fireplace systems. I also offer radon testing, sewer line scoping, mold testing, and infrared imaging as ancillary services.
Do I need to be there for the inspection?
Short answer: No.
Long answer: I encourage each client to attend the inspection, but I understand you are very busy! An inspection takes 2-3 hours on average. I certainly do not expect you to join me on the roof or enter the attic or crawlspace with me (you can if you want!), but I am more than happy to answer any questions along the way. If you cannot be at the inspection, don't worry because you will receive a detailed report complete with photos within 24 hours.
Will you look at just one or two areas I am interested in?
Absolutely! I always recommend a full inspection to my clients to offer you the most value, but if you're only interested in a partial inspection - or even just a walk-and-talk with no written report - I'll be happy to make that happen!
Can my home fail your inspection?
A home inspection is an objective observation of the current condition of the home's components - this will not yield a pass or fail score. I will not conduct an appraisal to determine the home's market value or suggest how you should proceed in your real estate transaction based on the inspection. I will, however, describe in detail the home's physical condition at the time of the inspection and make recommendations on components or systems that may need replaced, repaired, or further evaluated.
What is radon and should I have it tested in my home?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), American Lung Association (ALA), and American Cancer Society (ACS) - just to name a few - radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer-related deaths behind cigarette smoking. Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless radioactive gas that comes from elements in soil and rocks beneath homes and oftentimes finds its way inside. The only way to know if your home's air quality is above or below the recommended radon mitigation level is to test for it (the test I offer you is the same one I perform in my own home on an annual basis). More information about radon can be found by clicking here.
Do you recommend testing for mold on every inspection?
If I find visible mold during your home inspection, that is likely a symptom of an underlying moisture problem and will be noted accordingly on your report. That said, not all mold is visible, not all mold spores are harmful, and not all people react the same to skin contact or inhalation of those spores. Read more about mold inspections here to see if an air sample (analyzed by an independent and accredited laboratory) is right for you.
Why should I consider a sewer scope add-on to my inspection?
Sewer pipes are often overlooked during a real estate transaction - out of site and out of mind...until they're broken, leaking, or clogged and backing up into your home or yard. My sewer scope inspection gives you the peace of mind that your sewer system is in good working condition, backed up by high definition video documentation! Click here to learn more about sewer systems and their potential issues and associated repair costs.
What is infrared imaging going to show?
Infrared (IR) imaging allows us to visualize temperature differences represented by a color gradient. This technology is particularly advantageous during a home inspection because it allows us to see beyond what is available to the human eye and identify potential concerns. Click here to see some examples and learn more about my infrared service.