|Who is normally present during the inspection?Typically, the persons(s) who requested the inspection (most often a potential buyer of a dwelling or building), and the buyer’s Realtor are present. It’s not a good time for friends and family to view the property because the inspector will need to focus on tasks at hand, and the buyer won’t want distractions during this important process.Sellers most often stay away from the dwelling during the inspection process as a courtesy.|
|How long does the inspection take?The size, condition, and age of the home determines how long the inspection will take. On average, the inspection lasts from two to four hours.|
|Do you issue a report after the inspection?Yes. We provide our clients with a computer generated follow-up report. Digital photos are used to help illustrate conditions that the inspector describes within the report. Reports are delivered by e-mail unless another method is requested.The report includes a summary of conditions that require further evaluation and/or service, as well as system and component descriptions and home maintenance information. The Report is delivered by the next business day.|
|What if the report reveals problems?No house is perfect! There will almost certainly be imperfections itemized on the inspection report. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy the house… it simply gives you an objective outline of what types of repairs and maintenance you’ll need to anticipate. The seller may be willing to make repairs on a significant problem discovered by the inspector.|
|Can a building “fail” an inspection?No. A professional inspection is simply an examination on the current condition of your pending purchase. It is not an appraisal or a Building Code inspection. Therefore, there is no “pass” or “fail”. The inspection report will simply describe the conditions, and indicate areas that may need repair or replacement.|
|Why can’t I do it myself?Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.Above all, most home buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.|
Call Graeme today at (530) 391-4116 or (916) 458-4441 to schedule your home inspection, or fill out our convenient reservation system!