How much does an inspection cost?

Inspection cost depends on a few different factors. Some of those factors being the size and the age of the building, and the inspection services requested. Our prices reflect the professional services we provide. Opting for the cheapest inspector may initially seem like a cost-effective choice, but it often leads to more significant expenses and potential risks in the long run. Home inspections are a critical step in the real estate process, influencing the safety and financial well-being of the property. Cheaper inspectors might lack the necessary experience, qualifications, and thoroughness required for a comprehensive assessment. Cutting corners on the inspection can result in missed issues, overlooking crucial details that could lead to costly repairs or safety hazards down the line. It's essential to invest in a qualified and reputable inspector who provides a thorough and accurate evaluation, as this not only ensures peace of mind but also aids in making informed decisions about the property's condition and its value. In the world of inspections, quality and expertise often outweigh the allure of a lower price tag.

What does it mean to be a member of InterNACHI

As an InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) certified professional inspector, my role is pivotal within the real estate industry. I specialize in conducting thorough and comprehensive home inspections. I have been extensively trained to assess the structural, mechanical, and safety aspects of properties. My responsibilities include a meticulous examination of everything from the foundation to the roof, searching for potential issues like faulty wiring, plumbing problems, and safety hazards. My goal is to provide homebuyers and sellers with crucial insights, empowering them to make well-informed decisions regarding a property's condition. I achieve this through detailed reports that enhance transparency and ensure clients have a clear understanding of a property's true state, ultimately contributing to the integrity and trustworthiness of the real estate market.

Why should I get an inspection?

Buying a residential or commercial building is typically the biggest investment you will ever make, so it's important to get an inspection because the inspector should be able to discover and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer.  Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs, to severe damage or safety and health concerns. Additionally, most mortgage companies require an inspection on a property before approving the home loan.  

Can the inspector also repair any defects he or she finds? 

What if your home inspector is also a licensed contractor? Sounds great, right? Not always. Although it may seem convenient to have an inspector who is also a contractor, it poses a conflict of interest. According to InterNACHI's Code of Ethics

The InterNACHI member shall not perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or associated services to the structure for which the member or member's company has prepared a home inspection report for a period of 12 months. This provision shall not include services to components and/or systems that are not included in the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.

If an inspector financially benefits from finding any defects, this can impact the accuracy of the report (whether intentional or not). Make sure the inspector you hire abides by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

What happens if the inspection reveals problems?

If your inspection reveals any problems, it is important to understand the severity of the defect. For example, a missing shingle or dirty air filter can be easily fixed at a low cost. However, if the defect is more extreme, such as a major foundation crack, wood-destroying organism infestation, or evidence of mold, you should find out how these problems can be addressed, and whether you can negotiate the cost. This should be discussed with your real estate agent.

What is radon? Where is it found? How dangerous is it?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that occurs naturally in the environment. It is formed by the decay of uranium in soil, rock, and water and can seep into buildings through cracks in the foundation, walls, or floors. Radon is found in all types of buildings, including homes, schools, workplaces, and public buildings, and its concentration can vary depending on the geology, weather, and ventilation of the area.

Exposure to high levels of radon can be extremely dangerous to human health. Radon gas can accumulate in enclosed spaces and, when inhaled, can damage the lung tissue and cause lung cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, responsible for about 21,000 deaths each year. The risk of developing lung cancer from radon exposure depends on several factors, including the duration and level of exposure, smoking habits, and overall health. Therefore, it is crucial to test for radon levels in every building and take appropriate measures to reduce exposure if necessary.