- Question: How long will an inspection take?
- Answer: Depending on the square footage of the home, it can take 2-3 hours. Condos have taken as little as one hour, one home in Quantico took 5 hours.
- Question: Why can’t my Uncle Bill do my inspection, he was a carpenter?
- Answer: He can. Did he study the many different types of modern and old furnaces ? modern plumbing systems? I passed the National test on Home inspection, become certified by the state and ASHI, study all the systems that make up a home, old or new, and we are required to continuing education every year in order to stay current. Bring him along I would appreciate another set of eyes, but higher a trained professional
- Question: How do I choose an inspector?
- Answer: Experience and education are certainly high on the list but consider also, personality, patience, ability to communicate, fitness and willingness to climb up, into or under tight spaces. Done right, I get dirty during inspections
- Question: How do I know this guy is telling me the truth about this house?
Answer: As far as ethical behavior is concerned, I take this very seriously. As a certified inspector in ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) I am proud to conform to a strict code of ethics. The way I see it, the home reports to me and I report to you.
I have absolutely no motivation or reason to tell you anything but the entire truth and I sleep better because of this.
- Question: Why do I need an inspection?
- Answer: My answer will be biased as you would expect, but consider these analogies. You get a used car checked out before you buy it (I do). You get a physical from the doctor periodically (I do). If I am trying to make an important decision about, the law, accounting ,my health, almost anything that I am not trained in, I hire an expert and take their advice.
- Question: What will be inspected?
- Answer: We will inspect; Heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, major appliances, fireplace, chimney, doors and windows, walls, floors, ceilings, basement, foundation, crawlspace, grading, retaining walls, siding and trim, driveways and walks, steps and stoops, decks and porches, roof and flashings, insulation, and attic…. See the standards of practice on the ASHI website for what and how we are required to inspect and report.