Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.   If your questions is not below, do not hesitate contacting us.

General Questions

Q. How long does the inspection take?

A. This depends on the size of the home.  Most homes will take about 2 hours to inspect.  Expect another 30 minutes afterwards for the summary and questions.

Q. Do I need to be there at the inspection?

A. Yes.  You can attend the entire inspection or arrive towards the end to go over the summary and ask questions.

Q. What forms of payment do you accept?

A. We accept all forms of payment – cash, check, card, paypal, bitcoin, etc.

Q. When do we pay you?

A. Payment is typically taken care of at the time of the inspection.  Arrangements can be made to prepay the inspection, or an invoice can be sent afterwards where payment can be made securely online.

Q. How long does it take to get the report?

A. The inspector will sacrifice personal time to get the report to you by the end of the day, or before you wake up the next day.  In instances where that may not be possible due to the inspectors schedule, that will be expressed to you at the inspection.

Q. What does the seller have to fix?

A. The seller doesn’t have to fix anything.  The seller is not required to fix anything reported in the inspection report.  The inspector does not have authority.  The inspector is working on your behalf to make you a more informed buyer by providing you documentation (the inspection report) regarding the condition of the structure.

Q. Do you work weekends?

A. No.

Q. Do you work on holidays?

A. We do not work on major holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas.  The inspector MAY work on holidays such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Independence Day depending on his personal schedule.

Q. Do you accept payment at the time of closing?

A. We can accept payment at close of escrow.  Please communicate this ahead of time prior to the inspection.  There is an additional charge of $50 for this arrangement.

Q. Is it okay our parents, kids, friends, contractor, my roofer friend, etc show up at the inspection?

A. This is your time!  Please bring anyone you’d like.  Sometimes family and friends will shoot it straight with you and provide personal insight that the inspector does not provide.

Q. Can my husband (or can I) follow you around at the inspection.

A. Yes.  This is your time.  Please do not expect a lot of commentary from the inspector while he is doing his job.  Keep in mind that the inspector follows a strict routine while performing his job and excessive questions and/or commentary may distract him from the job.

Ancillary Services

Q. Do you perform Septic Inspections? 

A. No. Some inspectors will perform a dye test – a dye tablet is flushed down the drain in the home and the inspector returns a few days later to look for the dye in the yard somewhere near the lateral lines.  This type of test simply confirms that there is a connection between the structure plumbing and the lateral field.  This does not provide any information regarding the condition of the actual tank and its system.  To properly inspect a septic tank, the tank needs to be pumped.  Septic inspectors are licensed through the state.  Contacts for such inspections can be provided.

Q. Do you perform sewer line inspections?

A. No.  We can provide contacts for that type of work.

Q. Do you perform mold inspections?

A. No.   We can provide contacts for that type of work.