WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
A home inspection is an objective, visual examination of a home’s structure, components and mechanical systems. The inspection includes a report and summary page.
WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTION INCLUDE?
I inspect the readily accessible installed systems which include: structural components, exterior, roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating, central air conditioning, interiors, built-in kitchen appliances, insulation and ventilation. I operate the mechanical systems using normal operating controls except when conditions or circumstances may cause equipment damage. I perform my inspections per the North Carolina Licensed Home Inspectors Board’s Standards of Practice.
Swimming pools, spas and associated equipment is not included in the Standards of Practice, but I am certified to inspect pools and spas. This can be included in the inspection for an additional fee.
HOW MUCH DOES A HOME INSPECTION COST?
The fees for home inspections are based on the heated living area square footage. The fee for a house up to 1500 square feet (heated living area) is $380. The fees increase as the heated living area increases. Condominium fees are based on the number of bedrooms. Refer to the Fees / Agreement page on this site for a complete fee list.
WHAT DOES THE REPORT INCLUDE?
The report includes basic information about the home’s construction techniques, materials and systems. It also provides description and location of any defect, the implication of the defect and a recommendation for correcting the defect as well as what professional is best suited to address the defect. Recommendations are typically for “Repair or Replace” or for “Further Investigation by a Qualified Professional”. Improvements that the customer should consider are called “Upgrades”. See the sample report.
HOW MUCH TIME IS REQUIRED FOR AN INSPECTION?
For a very small home or condominium, a minimum of 2 to 2 1/2 hours is necessary to complete the investigation and report finalization. As the home size increases, so does the inspection time. Some very large homes may requires 5 to 6 hours.
SHOULD THE CUSTOMER BE PRESENT FOR THE INSPECTION?
I always encourage customers to attend the home inspection if they desire and it is convenient for them to attend. Many times I am able to answer questions about the home, explain situations and provide suggestions for improvements to the home in safety or maintenance. Customers can follow me around step by step or just be available for comments and review of the Summary page at the conclusion of the inspection.