Frequently Asked Questions
- How much does a home inspection cost?
- How long does a home inspection take?
- What qualifications does a licensed Home Inspector have?
- Should I be there for the inspection?
- Who sets up the inspection?
- How do I know I’m picking the right Home Inspector?
Every home is different. There are a couple of factors that must be weighed. How big is the home? How old is the home? Typically a home inspection will cost anywhere from $300-$450. I look at every home individually and assess a cost.
It all depends on the home. Larger homes take longer. Older homes take longer. A typical home inspection takes 2 ½-3 ½ hours. In any case, do not rush your home inspector. You’ve got one shot at getting a conditional appraisal on the biggest investment of your life. Allow for plenty of time and give your home inspector leeway to let him or her do their job.
All licensed Home Inspectors must take courses from an accredited school. After the requisite classes they must pass a rigid state proctored exam. They must also take continuing education classes throughout their career in order to keep their license up to date.
By all means. I much prefer my clients be there. Even though everything will be on the report, issues that might come to light are more easily understood by a buyer when a Home Inspector is allowed the opportunity to explain something while the buyer is actually present.
Note: If your Home Inspector seems to be less than chatty, please understand they are trying to focus on their inspection. It is a process. They need to stay on task in order to give you a comprehensive report. If you have questions about specific issues that concern you, write them down and address them at the appropriate time. I like to ask my clients while I’m on phone if there’s anything that concerns them so I can address those issues specifically during the course of the inspection.
The way it works is as follows: You choose a Home Inspector. You discuss with your Home Inspector potential time slots that works for both of you. You call your realtor and request a time. Your realtor will call the selling agent and relay the time parameters. The selling agent will call the seller. The seller will confirm a specific time. The selling agent will call your realtor to confirm the time. Your agent will call you. You will call back your Home Inspector and confirm the approved time slot.
Ask questions during the phone interview. What’s their history? How long have they been an inspector? What did they do before they became a Home Inspector? You have to feel comfortable with the person you’re hiring and the only way that’s going to happen is by you being proactive.