Home Inspection Time's Home Inspection FAQ for Home Buyers and Sellers
You have questions, we have answers. Everything you ever wanted to know about getting a home inspection is answered here. We have tried to cover everything, but if we have missed something, we will be sure to add it here in the future.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual examination of the home's major structure, systems and components that are visible and safely accessible. Home Inspection Time adheres to a standards of practice that outlines what should be covered during a general home inspection, as well as what is excluded. Some inspectors may strictly follow the standards of practice, while others, like Home Inspection Time, may exceed the standards and inspect other items, or perform a more detailed inspection. Whatever the inspector includes in his or her inspection should be discussed prior to the inspection – this is known as the scope of work. At the end of the inspection we provide you with a highly detailed interactive digital report with video, photos and detailed reporting of the condition of the property. Home Inspection Time includes recommendations, of all the findings discovered during an inspection. Read InterNACHI's Standards of Practice to find out what is typically included and excluded in a home inspection.
Why should I get a home inspection?
Buying a home is typically the biggest investment you will ever make, so it's important to get a home inspection because the inspector should be able to discover and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer. Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs, to severe damage or safety and health concerns. Additionally, most mortgage companies require a home inspection on a property before approving the home loan. Read InterNACHI’s Top 10 Reasons to Get a Home Inspection.
How can I be sure that a home inspector is qualified?
That's easy! Home Inspection Time is InterNACHI Certified so we have the skills, training and depth of knowledge required to perform a premium home inspection service that you can trust.
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors – InterNACHI®– is the largest and most trusted home inspector association in the world. Its members undergo rigorous training to become Certified Professional Inspectors (CPIs)®. They also follow a Standards of Practice and adhere to a Code of Ethics. Find out if your inspector is licensed and/or a CPI or CMI® before you hire him or her. This will ensure that you are hiring only an individual who has received the best training to become a home inspector like Home Inspection Time.
How much does a home inspection cost?
There is no set cost for a home inspection. The cost will vary based on the travel, the age, the size of the home, the scope of the inspection to be performed, and more. Before the inspection, you will get a detailed list of what is and what is not included in your home inspection. These details will be outlined in the inspection agreement that you will need to sign prior to the inspection being performed. See Home Inspection Time's Fees & Pricing Policy.
How long does a home inspection take?
Home Inspection Time only schedules one inspection per day. That means we may schedule you a 4-6 hour inspection window to make sure everything is covered in a methodical and unhurried manner. Adding square footage, outbuildings, and/or ancillary services (such as mold or radon testing) will increase that time. If your general home inspection takes significantly less than two to three hours, it may indicate that the inspector you hired was not thorough enough.
At what point in the real estate transaction should I schedule a home inspection?
A home inspection is usually scheduled after an offer has been made and accepted, but before the closing date. That way, the home inspector can rule out any major defects that could be dangerous or costly. In rare cases—due to timing or contractual issues—the inspection can be scheduled after the closing date. If this is the case, the home buyer should schedule the inspection for the earliest possible date after closing.
Should I be present for the inspection?
Home Inspection Time believes strongly that you should attend the inspection and walk along with me, and see everything that is being inspected. You should reconsider hiring an inspector who doesn't allow this. You can learn a lot by walking alongside your home inspector through the home. You will certainly gain a better understanding of the home's condition, which will give you insight into its potential sale points and defects. Additionally, you will likely learn information about the home's maintenance, systems and components that may provide useful for the transaction. Plus it's fun and educational.
Can the home inspector also repair any defects he or she finds?
What if your home inspector is also a licensed contractor? Sounds great, right? Not always. Although it may seem convenient to have an inspector who is also a contractor, it poses a conflict of interest. Home Inspection Time cannot offer any repair services according to InterNACHI's Code of Ethics:
The InterNACHI member shall not perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or associated services to the structure for which the member or member's company has prepared a home inspection report for a period of 12 months. This provision shall not include services to components and/or systems that are not included in the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.
If an inspector financially benefits from finding any defects, this can impact the accuracy of the report (whether intentional or not). Make sure the inspector you hire abides by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice like Home Inspection Time.
Home Inspection Time's sole business is home inspections, we are not code inspectors or in the business of providing any home repair services.
What happens if the inspection reveals problems?
If your home inspection reveals any problems, it is important to understand the severity of the defect. For example, a missing shingle or dirty air filter can be easily fixed at a low cost. However, if the defect is more extreme, such as a major foundation crack, wood-destroying organism infestation, or evidence of mold, you should find out how these problems can be addressed, and whether you can negotiate their cost with the seller. If it is determined after you move in that your home has a severe defect that wasn't reported by your InterNACHI® Certified Professional Inspector®, you should check to see if he or she participates in InterNACHI's "We'll Buy Your Home Back" Guarantee.