Can I attend the home inspection?
Heck yeah! I encourage you to attend your home inspection. If I were a home buyer, I would be concerned if the home inspector wouldn’t allow me to be present at the inspection. This is your chance to learn about the home your buying first hand. If you follow me, I will point out the issues uncovered as I go through the house.
Why don't you produce a report on-site?
I focus all my attention on the home at the inspection. After that, I write any custom comments that are needed providing each home with a custom report. No home is the same, and specific commits are necessary to enhance any home inspection report. All the work is in the customized home commits, producing a unique, informative report for each home inspection.
Do you inspect sprinkler systems and how much do you charge?
Yes, I do inspect the sprinkler system. I test the system as long as the sprinkler shut-off valve is on. If not, then the sprinklers are not Checked, I will not operate any shut off valves due to the risk of leaking after operating. The cost is included in your general home inspection, so theirs no additional fee’s involved.
Do you walk the roof?
Yes, when it can safely be walked. I’m a big believer in walking the roof, but there are times when it’s not safe to do so. If,in the home inspector's opinion, the roof is too steep. Then it's evaluated from the ground or ladder. I also only walk a two-story roof when it can be accessed from one story area. Coming soon, I will be optimizing the use of a drone when it is within the FAA guidelines to do so.
Does a zip level help when evaluating the foundation?
Yes, any extra information on the foundation is a help. The added measurements help me evaluate my opinion on the homes that appear to be borderline. The service is performed at the end of the inspection. At that point, I have already pretty much determined my opinion about how the foundation is functioning. It’s like an added layer to back up my opinion.
Should I forfeit the home inspection if the sale is as is?
No, the inspection could uncover a costly item that, if you knew about, you would not have purchased the house. Don’t be stuck with a home with repairs that you were unaware of costing you thousands of dollars. It’s an excellent idea always to have an inspection done on a property your purchasing no matter the circumstances. Please don’t be one of those horror stories we hear about wishing you had a home inspection performed.
Who pays for the home inspection?
The home buyer pays unless there has been something special worked out. I have any received payments from home buyers. It’s also up to the buyer to schedule the inspection service.