The following are questions all agents, brokers and home buyers should ask there preferred home inspector. Since agents, brokers and home buyers may not be Home Inspectors we took the liberty to provide what we consider to be the best answer you should receive from your legit Home Inspector.
- Are you a member of a National Association of Home Inspectors, Licensed in the State the property is located and are you Insured with a General Liability policy with a general aggregate insured of at least $1,000,000? Best answer- YES, I am a Certified Master Inspector with the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, my State license # is *****, a copy of our proof of insurance is posted on our website www.legithomeinspector.com.
- Can you provide me with your credentials and experience as a home inspector? Best answer- Yes, I have performed over 250 paid home inspections and would be happy to provide references, meanwhile feel free to check out our 100+ reviews on Google.
- What areas of the home do you typically inspect, and are there any areas you don’t cover? Best answer- There is nothing we do not inspect, we inspect every square inch of the property, lot included.
- How long does a typical home inspection take, and what is the process? Best answer- Roughly 90-120 minutes for the physical inspection with the home inspection report delivered the same day. All exterior and roof components, structural, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, major appliances are inspected, if the property is new construction we will also provide insight on cosmetic defects that can be rectified by the Builder prior to closing.
- Are there any specific red flags or common issues you look for during a home inspection? Best answer- Yes, particularly HVAC long term maintenance and condition of the roof as they are the items with the highest replacement value, and any DIY improvements.
- Will you be able to provide a detailed written report after the inspection, and how soon can I expect to receive it? Best answer- Yes, we guarantee same day reporting for both the physical and written inspection.
- Do you have any recommendations for further specialized inspections, such as termite inspections, radon testing, or mold assessments? Best answer- We are affiliated with many termite inspection providers as our license does not permit us to validate the presence of termites however, we will identify them if seen during the inspection. Radon testing would only be prudent if the property has a basement or below ground crawlspace but 99 times out of 100 it is completely unnecessary. Yes, we are fully licensed and insured to provide mold inspection and indoor air quality testing services.
- Can you explain your approach to evaluating the condition of the roof, plumbing, electrical systems, and HVAC? Best answer- Determining the age is the most important factor for each of these element, determining the age with provide great insight into the overall condition and expected lifespan.
- Are there any safety concerns or potential hazards that you pay particular attention to during an inspection? Best answer- Yes, the most common safety concerns and potential hazards for any property is property improvements done by unlicensed nonprofessionals.
- What is your policy regarding follow-up consultations or clarifications if I have questions about the inspection report? Best answer- We are happy to answer any questions regarding the home inspection report and provide “repair estimates” when requested. We also recommend that our clients contact us first for any future defects for a free consultation on what the defect is and how to correct it and the lowest possible cost, this service is for the lifetime of the subject properties ownership. Contractors are like attorneys, they are professionals at finding problems that don’t exist.
- (Bonus)- Are there any specific maintenance tips or suggestions you can provide to help me take care of the home in the long term? Best answer- Yes, home maintenance tips for all elements of the home can be found at our website blog at www.labhomeinspections.com/blog. ;)