Ask the Home Inspector: FAQs About Your Home Inspection
Why does the bank require a home inspection?
A home inspection is an excellent tool for you, the home buyer, to help determine not only the condition of the home, but to also help foresee any immediate unnecessary additional costs that may go unnoticed without the help of a home inspection. Home inspections are not a prediction of future performance, but can pinpoint existing problem areas.
What will the inspection cover?
- Sky Lights & Roof Penetrations
- Eaves, Soffits, and Fascia
- Gutters & Downspouts
- Structural Components
- Retaining Walls
- Vegetation & Drainage
- Siding & Trim
- Driveways & Walks
- Decks, Patios & Porches
- Steps, Stairs, and Ramps
- Garages & Carports
- Garage Door
- Doors & Windows
- Built-in Kitchen Appliances
- Electrical System
- Water Heater
- Plumbing System
- Air Conditioning
Are there any exclusions in a home inspection?
- Municipal ordinance, zoning, or code compliance, past or present
- Pollutants, contaminants, hazardous substances, or environmental hazards, except if specific tests are ordered
- Determination of the presence of dirt or dust in ductwork, which could cause allergic reactions and/or provide sustenance for bacteria, molds and fungi; nor detection of the presence of air-borne particles of asbestos or gases or urea-formaldehyde; nor detection of conditions which may cause the above
- Cosmetic items
- Wells, water quality, irrigation systems, water conditioning equipment
- Private sewage disposal and on-site waste treatment systems
- Swimming pools, hot tubs, recreational facilities
- Fire or burglar alarms; intercom or speaker systems; other low-voltage or communications systems
- Detached buildings or structures, except when specifically ordered for inspection
- Portable appliances including washers, dryers, refrigerators
- Concealed or underground pipes, shower drain pans
- Below grade foundation drainage and waterproofing components
- Window air conditioners, and HVAC accessories such as humidifiers and electronic air cleaners
How long will the home inspection take?
Should I be present during the inspection?
Can a house fail the inspection?
When do I get the report?
What kind of report can I expect?
- The general condition of the property’s landscape and the home from the roof to the foundation
- Major and minor deficiencies
- Suggestions to remedy deficiencies
- Any major expenditure coming up
- What to watch out for
Then the inspector will review the report with you, taking time to make sure that you understand everything.
When and how do I schedule a home inspection?
When you’re ready to schedule your inspection, just go to the home page on our website and click the “Schedule Your Inspection” tab and provide us with some information about the home you would like to be inspected and choose a date that is convenient for you. After your inspection is scheduled, we will send you an email confirmation within about 10 minutes. If you choose we can also send an email confirmation of your scheduled inspection to your real east agent.
You can also schedule an inspection by giving us a call at 984-344-5810. Our team is available six days a week (Monday-Friday 8am-10pm and Saturday 8am to 8pm) to help you schedule an inspection, provide, a quote, and answer any question you may have.