About the Inspection
What is a home inspection?
Go to About Home Inspections for a full description and answer to this question.
Why can't I just have someone in my family, or a friend, take a look at the house for me?
Your family member, or friend, may be very handy. They may even be a contractor. However, they are not trained and experienced in looking for unsuspected items and problems involving the entire interior/exterior of a home. In fact, many contractors hire a Home Inspector when they are about to purchase a home.
Do I need an engineer to do my home inspection?
In most cases you do not need an engineer. In fact, most engineers are specialists and they do not have the overall knowledge and training required to conduct a complete home inspection. In rare instances an engineer may be called upon to inspect an area in your home if the inspector has cause for concern or if the lender requires such an inspection (i.e., manufactured home foundation fasteners).
Why should I get an inspection when the bank is requiring an appraisal?
An inspection is different than an appraisal. An inspection, which is performed on your behalf, describes the physical condition of the home so you can make an informed decision. An appraiser estimates the value of the home. Even though you pay for an appraisal, the appraisal is primarily for the benefit/use of your lending institution. A home inspection is for YOUR benefit.
Which components of the home will be inspected?
What if the house is vacant?
If the house is not occupied the utilities may be off. You can check with your real estate agent to find out if that’s the case. In order for the inspector to provide a comprehensive inspection, all utilities must be on. In most cases the seller’s agent or bank (if bank owned) must arrange for the utilities to be turned on for the inspection.
What if the plumbing has been winterized?
If a house is vacant the plumbing system has likely been winterized (drained). Prior to the home inspection the home needs to be de-winterized. This service is typically arranged by the selling agent or bank (if bank owned). However, sometimes the completion of this service is placed on the buyer. Check with your Realtor for additional information. A winterized plumbing system means the plumbing system was drained and prepared for cold temperatures (if the house was properly winterized). During the winterizing process, plumbing supply lines are often loosened, cut and/or removed. Because of the potential for water damage, no one should turn the water on until the system has been de-winterized by a professional de-winterizing contractor. To ensure a complete inspection by the home inspector, make sure the plumbing system has been de-winterized and that the plumbing system (water supply and drains) have been operated and checked for major leaks prior to the home inspection. De-winterizing a home does not mean turning the water on at the meter so the inspector can de-winterize the home. It means the de-winterization company needs to run water through the entire plumbing system (drains and supply), check the water flow, check for leaks, inspect the plumbing fixtures and then arrange to have any leaks and/or defective plumbing fixtures repaired or replaced prior to the home inspection.
How long will the inspection take?
Many variables affect the time it takes to inspect a home. My company policy is that an inspection will take as long as is necessary to conduct a thorough inspection, educate my client, answer all client questions and ensure my client is completely satisfied with my home inspection service.
Are clients welcome to attend the inspection?
YES. I encourage clients to be in attendance during the inspection. This gives the client an opportunity to review the results of the inspection, discuss maintenance and safety issues and gives the inspector an opportunity to answer all of the client’s questions at the time of the inspection.
About the Inspector
Are you a Certified Inspector?
Yes, I am certified by the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. Click here to verify my NACHI certification.
Are you licensed by the State of Michigan?
The State of Michigan does not license or regulate Home Inspectors. I am certified by the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and I am a licensed Michigan builder.
Are you part of a national chain or franchise for home inspectors?
No, I am a locally-owned one-person independent small business. I operate my business on a foundation of superb customer care and customer service and when you schedule an inspection through my company, I will be the one performing the inspection.
Do you work for a real estate office?
NO, absolutely not. I am an independent home inspector. I work for you, the client, and my inspection and report is never influenced by others who may have an interest in the real estate transaction. Again, I work for you!
How long have you been inspecting homes?
I have been inspecting homes since 2003 and I have performed well over 3,000 home inspections.
About the Report
When will I receive my inspection report?
You will receive your state of the art computer-generated report on the same day as the inspection. View a Sample Report.
How long can I access my online report?
Inspection reports are accessible online for one (1) year from the date of the inspection. Clients can print their report or save the report as a PDF if they desire a copy beyond one (1) year.
When do I pay for my home inspection?
Payment for inspection services is due at the time of the on-site Inspection. Accepted payment methods are cash or check.
Does my home comply with all of the current building codes and laws?
Code inspections are performed by the governing body (Building Department) of the state, city, county or township in which the home is located at the time of construction or when permits are pulled for major renovations or system upgrades. Home inspectors use the building codes for reference, but a home inspection is not a code inspection.
What if the home fails the inspection?
A professional home inspector does not “pass” or “fail” a home. The home inspection is intended to provide the client with detailed facts about the home. The home inspector presents the facts about the home to the client in a way that allows for complete comprehension through on-site discussion and answering the client’s questions. Based on the facts and explanations and answers to client questions, the client will have the information and knowledge needed to make their own decisions about purchasing the inspected home.
What if I have questions after the Inspection?
When I leave the inspection the inspection is done, but I am still your home inspector. I am available for free phone or e-mail consultations concerning your home. There is typically a fee for on-site visits to the property.