What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.
Why do I need a home inspection?
When purchasing a home, it is imperative that you learn as much as you possibly can about your future investment. Probably one of your largest single investments. A certified home inspector can identify needs for major repairs or maintenance needed to keep the house in good condition. A home inspection can also reveal any oversights that may have been made in the building process. With a home inspection, you will know everything that you need to in order to make a decision of whether to buy or not with confidence.
Already existing homeowners can also benefit from a home inspection by having problems in the house identified by an inspector who can also recommend preventative measures to be taken in order to avoid future costly repairs.
A home inspection can also be a great benefit for those who are planning to sell their house. An inspector can help you identify any issues that the house may have so you can take the opportunity to make repairs and put the house in the best-selling condition.
How long does it take?
Most home inspections take approximately 1.5- 3.5 hours (depends on size and condition).
Can I do my own home inspection?
Without the proper training, even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge to properly inspect a home. A certified home inspector is familiar with all the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance, and safety, along with how everything is intended to function together and how things go wrong.
It can be difficult for home buyers, owners, and sellers to remain unemotional and completely objective about the house which can affect their judgment. It is best to get the professional, unbiased opinion by a professionally certified home inspector as a third-party that can remain objective about the condition of a home.
Do I need to be present for the inspection?
It is not required, however, recommended. You will be able to ask the inspector questions and be able to obtain better knowledge about the property.
What if the inspection report reveals problems?
Most, if not all homes, have some problems. Knowing what issues the structure has is key for an informed decision. This is pertinent information for those on a tight budget or who don’t want to be involved in repair work. In some cases, a seller may agree to make repairs to the house before selling.
Even if the house proves to be in good condition, it doesn’t mean that an inspection wasn’t needed. Inspection allows buyers to purchase a home with confidence, owners to be sure their home is in good condition, and sellers to make sure they are putting a good house on the market.
How much do you charge?
The inspection fee varies depending on size, age of home, crawl space and sometimes geographic area.
What is covered in the home inspection?
We follow the ASHI Standards of Practice (American Society of Home Inspectors) Foundation to roof and most things in between.
How long have you been in business?
Sherlock Home Inspection Team has been in business for nearly 10 years and has performed approximately 1,000 inspections.
How long does it take to get the report?
Typically the report is received within 24 hours.