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How long does a home inspection take?
A typical inspection should take 3 to 4 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on. As a courtesy to sellers, I recommend they be informed of the timeframe in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.

What do you look at?
I inspect the major systems of the house. These include the roof, exterior, structure, electrical, heating, cooling, plumbing, insulation, and Interior. My goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer’s decision to purchase.

How much does an inspection cost?
We are priced very competitively. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the deciding factor unless the level of service offered is identical. Remember, you are considering a major purchase and your choice of home inspector should be based on getting the best value, not just the best price. Call RBI [Link to Contact Us Page] for a free quote!

What is included in the fee?

  • Complete home inspection conducted by me, not an employee learning on the job
  • Comprehensive home inspection report that is available in hard copy and email form
  • Technical support for as long as you own your home

Can I follow along?
Definitely. I want you to attend. The inspection is a valuable learning experience for most homebuyers.

Do I have to take notes?
You don’t have to take notes during the inspection. I will document everything in the report. It’s much better to follow the inspector through, listening to my comments to make sure you understand. It’s also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you.

Can I ask questions?
Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. I want you to interact with me as much as you want. This is one of the biggest purchasing decisions you will make. It’s very important to me that you feel confident you’re going to make and informed decision when we’re through.

What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly four hours walking through the home with me. You won’t have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes won’t get dirty.

Can I bring my family?
I recommend that you not bring your family; this is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on my comments —the fewer distractions, the better. However, your family is welcome.

Do I get a report? When?
You will receive a comprehensive report at the conclusion of the inspection. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all the things we’ll cover during the inspection process. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all major systems along with dozens of back up information pages.

If it’s really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?
No. My goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important but it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play.

Do you offer a warranty on the house?
A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information. It’s a little like getting a check-up from your doctor: It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty.

Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house —they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don’t leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed. As such, I cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.

Home warranty programs are available from others. I would be happy to help you contact a warranty company.

How long has your company been in business?
From 1984 to 2002, I was a contractor repairing homes damaged by fire, wind, hail and water. My home inspection business has been operating since 2003.

How many inspectors do you have?
Just me, the owner. That benefits you. Other companies will tell you how qualified there employees are, but most are learning on the job. Most inspectors, after they establish themselves, go out on their own. Think about it. Why would you want to give 50% to 60% of the fee to your employer when you’re doing all the work.

How many days notice do I need to give you?
Usually one or two days is adequate, but try to give me several days notice if possible. I’m available seven days a week and holidays so I should be able to fit your schedule.