Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Home Inspection?
In the process of closing a home sale, the buyer typically hires a home inspector to come to the house and perform a visual observation. In accordance with the state’s standards, the home inspector identifies health, safety, or major mechanical issues.
The home inspector will go through the interior and exterior of the house to record any broken, defected, or hazardous issues with the house and the area surrounding the house. The home inspection is purely visual inspection only.
When Does a Home Inspection Happen During a Home Sale?
In a home sale, there are two types of home inspections: a buyer’s inspection and a seller’s inspection (or a pre-listing inspection). A buyer’s inspection occurs after the buyer has made an offer on the home, and before closing the sale.
A seller’s home inspection happens before the home is listed. Some sellers choose to get their home inspected as we’re beginning to prepare their house for sale, so any potential issues can be addressed
What Do Home Inspectors Look For?
Home inspectors have a long, thorough list of things to check in the home. Our inspector’s job is to find defects, and concentrate on the health and safety concerns first followed by major defects.”
There are seven major things Home Inspectors look for:
Damaged Electrical System
Insect and Pest Infestation
Issues with the HVAC System
How long does an inspection take?
The property determines the time it takes. Most 2000 sq. ft. houses in good shape take under 2 hours. I recommend allotting 3 hours just in case.
How much does it cost? The cost is based on the size of the house. My prices are very reasonable for the Richmond area. Call me to get a quote.
Do I need to be there the whole time? It is in your best interest to be present during the inspection. I want you to feel comfortable knowing what is in the house. I will explain the findings, all the defects, and good qualities until you are satisfied. This is easier if you are present and allows you to better see any issues. The written report will contain all the information either way.
However, whoever arranges and schedules the home inspection should always be present while the home inspector is there.
When will I receive the report?
Reports are emailed within 24-48 hours of completing the inspection.