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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
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A home inspection is a visual, non-technical non-invasive examination of the structure and it’s components. A report will be presented outlining defects or symptoms of defects found, along with photos and recommendations.

AMONG THE MANY ITEMS THAT WILL BE INSPECTED ARE

• Vegetation Affecting the Structure
• General Site Drainage
• Roof System
• Decks, Stairs, and Railings
• Foundation
• Floor System
• Windows
• Interior and Exterior Doors
• Heating and Cooling Systems
• Plumbing
• Electrical
• Attic and Venting
• Insulation, if visible
• Cabinets
• Fireplace
• Garage and Storage Shed


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WHAT IS A CERTIFIED HOME INSPECTOR?
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A certified home inspector undergoes training to qualify for a license by the state so they may perform a visual, non-technical examination of a home’s structure, systems, and components. They must complete a required number of hours of continuing education to maintain these credentials. Most complete many more hours of continuing education than is required, not only to satisfy their own curiosity but also to make them a better inspector. They must follow a Standards of Practice set by the state which guides them through the inspection. In addition, home inspectors are usually members of one or more professional organizations which have their own standards of practice and continuing education requirements.


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WHY SHOULD I HAVE A HOME INSPECTION?
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Buying a home is one of the major purchases you will ever make. You should know as much as possible about this home so that you can make an informed decision. An inspection report will show problems that need to be taken care of before you move in and items that may need to be repaired or may fail in the near future to budget for. A simple repair now can avoid a costly one in the future.


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WHY CAN’T I JUST HAVE MY UNCLE, A RETIRED CARPENTER, TAKE A LOOK AT THE PLACE?

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I am sure your uncle is a fine carpenter but he is not trained to look at every aspect of a home with a trained and impartial eye. For example, he may be critical of the quality of the miter joints on the window and door casings where I would look at the same joints for signs of movement and/or settling. Less than perfect craftsmanship would not be judged because it would not affect the structure, functionability, or safety of the house. A home inspector will look at all aspects of the house and is trained to know where to look for deficiencies that are present and potential problems that could occur in the future.


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CAN I BE THERE DURING THE INSPECTION?

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Absolutely, I strongly encourage you to be there and ask questions. I will be able to point out conditions that may be difficult to convey in a report. Large groups are discouraged however, remember, we are a guests in someone’s home and I do insist that their privacy and property be respected. It will make for a long day if everyone scatters and then comes back to me one by one asking for an opinion on something I have yet to see on my room by room inspection. If I start bouncing from basement to roof and then to kitchen by the time I get back to the basement it will be too easy to have missed something. Also, children tend to lose interest very quickly.


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WHAT IF THE HOUSE FAILS THE INSPECTION?

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A house cannot fail a home inspection. Almost all homes, even newly constructed ones, will at least have some problems. A home inspection is to let you know what you are buying so you can prepare for it and to reduce the likelihood of surprises after purchase. The price of most homes generally reflects the condition.


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WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR REPAIRS AND BRING THE HOUSE UP TO CODE?

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No one is obligated to correct any defects; the inspection report is to help you make an informed decision only. A home inspection is not a code inspection. Building codes may be mentioned in the report but this is only to point out a safety issue. A home only need meet the code in place in that municipality at the time it was built, and codes are constantly changing. Another thing to remember is that codes are minimum standards, just because an item “meets code” does not necessarily mean it’s good.


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WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN A HOME INSPECTION?

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A home inspection is not a guarantee against future failures. It will only tell you the condition at the time of inspection. Although many defects will have symptoms that can help determine the likelihood of failure, some defects are not apparent until the component fails.

A home inspection is not a 100% examination of everything. This would take days and the costs would likely outweigh the benefits. There will be some components that are not visible. Furniture, wall coverings, personal items and snow can get in the way. The inspector will have literally hundreds of items to examine and some things may be missed.

A home inspection is not an appraisal. No Standard of Practice allows a home inspector to tell you whether or not you are getting a “good deal”. We must remain unbiased and cannot persuade or discourage your decision to purchase the home.



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DO YOU DO REPAIRS?

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No. The Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics do not allow an inspector to work on a house he has inspected. This re-enforces that there will be no conflict of interest. The purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home. I can recommend tradesmen and specialists who I know to be skilled and fair. I can assure you that I receive no kick-back from these referrals.


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