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Inspection FAQ

What is a home Inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation at a specific place in time.

What a home inspection is not...
A home inspection is not a home warranty, guarantee, insurance policy, or substitute for real estate transfer disclosure.

Verifying if the home or any improvements had a county/city permit and/or passed building codes are beyond the scope of a home inspection.

What does a home inspection report include?
We perform the home inspection according to the InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)
Standard of Practice, which may be reviewed at report will review the condition of the grounds around the home, decks/porches/patios, the roof & attic, the exterior of the home, the structure of the home (where visible), plumbing, electrical, HVAC system, the interior of the home, and the built-in appliances.  

How long does a home inspection take?
A basic home inspection of an average size home should take around two hours. The condition of the home can make this shorter or longer. The inspection will take longer the more questions are asked.
Who needs to be present during the home inspection?
Nobody, but it is strongly recommended that the client be present. The client will be able to observe what the inspector observes. The client can ask questions directly, as they learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it. The client will also find the report easier to understand if they have seen the property first-hand through the inspector's eyes.

Is it okay to call the home inspector after the home inspection?
Yes. It is strongly encouraged if the client was not present during the home inspection.


Does the home inspector take pictures during the home inspection?
Yes, with a digital camera in .jpg format. All aspects (the good, the bad, and the ugly) of the home are photographed. A Google photo album is created and shared with the client and with their agent.


In what format is the report and how is the report delivered?
The report is in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. The report is emailed to the client and to their agent.


Can a home fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of the home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a home, but rather describe the physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.


Is it okay for the client or agent to bring doughnuts to the home inspection?

Yes, absolutely.

How does one schedule a home inspection & radon test?
Call/text us at (540) 373-7535 or e-mail us at

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