Q:  Why do I need an inspection?

A:  The purchase you are about to make may be the biggest investment of your life.   Don’t you want to learn as much as possible about your investment; the good and the bad?   My primary job as inspector to make sure there are no surprises once you move in.  I may discover the need for major repairs or mistakes by the builder.  I’ll  be able to determine if general maintenance tasks were performed or neglected .  At the conclusion of Steve’s inspection you’ll know much more about your investment and be able to make a well-informed decision about the purchase of the house. 

If you’re getting ready to sell your home Steve’s inspection will  identify  any problem areas that may adversely affect the selling price of your home.


Q: How much does a home inspection cost?

A:  Age, square footage, cost, crawl space, number and type of heating/cooling systems are considered in determining the cost of an inspection.


Q:  How long will the inspection take? 

A:  Two to three hours on average but sometimes more.  The more issues found the longer the inspection.  First time home buyers typically have lots of questions which may slow down the inspection … but that’s OK with Steve, he’s happy to field your questions.  Homes over 20 years old typically take a bit longer too as neglected repairs often require a bit of investigation.


Q:  When should I schedule the inspection? 

A:  Call anytime after 8 a.m.  and before 10 p.m.


Q:  Do inspectors find every problem? 

A:  A home inspection is visual and non-invasive.  Inspectors don’t move furniture or move stored items.  Inspectors do not break down walls or ceilings.


Q:  Will the inspector recommend someone for repairs?

A:  Steve may recommend you have a component or system evaluated or repaired by a local licensed contractor.  However, he will not promote a single contractor.  For any major repair Steve always suggests :

Contact at least 3 contractors and get estimates from each.

Once a contractor is selected ask for contact information from three previous customers.

Contact the previous customers asking if they were fully satisfied.  This may generate lots of worthwhile background information.  

Ask for a written contract.  And, one you fully understand.   If you don’t understand the contract ask for clarification.  More than once if necessary.

Limit any funds to get started to 10 percent of the contract.

Keep accurate record of any payments made.  Personal check is fine. 

Withhold final payment until you’re fully satisifed.


Q:  What does a home inspection include?

A:  Steve follows the Standards of Practice of InterNACHI.  For a link to these standards click here.


Q:  Can a house fail an inspection?

A:  Nope.  Steve’s inspection is simply a report on the current condition of the property.  It is not a municipal inspection performed to verify compliance to local building codes nor is it an appraisal used to determine the market value of the home.


Q:  Do I have to be at the inspection.

A:  No.  However, I strongly urge you to attend.  And I strongly urge your real estate agent to attend.  First, I think you'll be quite surprised and very pleased to see how much effort goes into performing a thorough inspection.  I see lots of raised eyebrows at the end of my inspections and often here clients say "I had no idea there was so much involved in a home inspection".   Even if nothing is found wrong, which hasn't happened yet, it is a great learning experience that you'll miss if you can't make it.