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Frequently Asked Questions

What are your qualifications?
  I have two degrees in engineering, electrical and mechanical, with over twenty years of experience. I am a Certified Residential Inspector with the National Association of Home Inspectors. I have performed as a general contractor, with hands-on experience.
When do I receive my copy of the inspection report?
  Both the client and the realtor will receive a copy upon completion of the inspection. The client will receive the original bound copy. Report and pictures will be emailed directly to you.
Do you do "cost to repair" estimates?
  Yes, upon request. Remember that these are estimates and prices may vary greatly between repair companies.
Does the client/realtor need to be there?
  No, but I recommend that both be there. This gives me an opportunity to review the inspection and answer any questions the client or realtor may have. Also, it gives the client the opportunity to learn more about their home and receive some helpful maintenance tips. You will also have a better understanding of the contents of the report if you are able to see it from my perspective and can ask questions.

.Do you go on top of the roof?

  Yes, whenever possible. In some cases, the slope may be too steep for secure footing, and damage may be caused by treading the roof. Some weather conditions may pose a safety hazard as well.
Do you perform follow-up inspections?
  Yes, for a nominal fee. Call for pricing.
Are you a deal killer?
  I realize that realtors are frequently concerned that an inspection may result in killing a deal. Presentation is the key here. I report strictly visible findings with emphasis on major defects. How these findings are resolved is decided between the parties of the contract.
What if I have questions after the inspection?
  Please call me. I am accessible by business phone. My business phone is mobile and is on 24 hours a day. I realize how important your time is, so I try hard to answer all calls immediately. If unavailable, please leave a message and I will return your call promptly.
Are you licensed?
  I am a certified residential home inspector through the National Association of Home Inspectors. My ID # is 10-19321. This certification requires that I maintain my level of education by completing required continuing education hours annually.
Do you inspect for termites?
  No, but I will note if there is or has been signs of wood borer activity, such as tunneling, deteriorated wood, and/or borer holes in structural components.
Do you perform repair work?
  No, this would pose a conflict of interest.
What is the difference between an appraisal and a home inspection?
  According to the Appraisal Institute, the role of the home appraiser is to "provide a professional opinion, usually an estimate of market value, to be used in making real estate decisions." An appraiser hired by a lender works in the best interest of their client, the lender. A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house. Home inspectors are usually employed by the prospective homebuyer. "Appraisals are for lenders; home inspections are for consumers."
New construction inspections, are they necessary?
  An inspection is recommended on new construction as equally as recommended on any other property. As in any job, mistakes and/or oversights may be present that an unfamiliar individual may miss. A home inspector is better able to see nuances that may not be readily visible to an untrained eye. There is actually quite a lot of information about a home that most people either take for granted or simply don't know. This inspection gives you a better chance of correcting any defects or oversights before closing to lessen your anxieties of an already stressful transaction.
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