Frequently Asked Questions
WHY CAN’T YOU DO IT YOURSELF?
Even the most experienced homeowners lack the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance, and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.
Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion from a professional in the field of home inspection.
WHY DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence
HOW MUCH DOES A HOME INSPECTION COST?
The inspection fee for a typical single-family house varies by geography, as does the cost of housing. The inspection fee may vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age, and possible optional services. Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, experience, and training. Be sure to verify they are state-licensed and insured.
CAN A HOUSE FAIL A HOME INSPECTION?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspection, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate that components and systems may need minor/major repair or replacement.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE A HOME INSPECTION?
The average Home Inspection based on size and deficiencies found during the inspection can take up to 2-4 hours to complete.
WHAT IS A 4.0 INSPECTION AND WHY IS IT REQUIRED TO OBTAIN INSURANCE?
A 4.0 Inspection is an inspection required to obtain insurance once the property reaches 20-30+ years old for most insurance companies. Citizens Insurance EX:(state of FL, LA insurance carrier) is only requiring the 4.0 Inspection once the property reaches 50 years old. The 4.0 Inspection looks at the life expectancy/age of the electrical, plumbing, air condition/heating systems, and roof.