FAQ’s

  • What does a home inspection include?
  • Is a home inspection the same as an appraisal?
  • Can I perform an inspection myself?
  • Are certifications important when choosing a home inspector?
  • Is there anything I need to do before a home inspector arrives?
  • Do I need to be present at the time of the inspection?
  • Why do I need a full report on my property?
  • What if the report reveals problems?

 

What does a home inspection include?

A home inspection is an objective visual assessment of the entire exterior, structure,
and systems of the property, from the rooftop to the foundation.

Is a home inspection the same as an appraisal?

No, a home inspection and an appraisal are not the same thing. An inspector will
inspect all areas of the home for any problems or damage in regards to the exterior,
structure, or systems of the property. An appraiser will perform a general overview of
the home and make note of any obvious problems but will not inspect every aspect of
the home.

Additionally, a home inspector works in the best interest of their client, the homebuyer,
while an appraiser is typically hired by and works in the best interest of their client, a
lender. An appraiser also calculates the market value of the house and is typically hired by a bank or mortgage company.

How much will it cost?

Typically a base inspection cost is set depending upon the square footage of the house. The price then is adjusted based upon the specific features of the house and other items that are added to the scope of he inspection. Additions include radon testing, lead testing, mold testing, or sewer scoping. Other items that influence the price of the inspection include multiple mechanical systems which would be found in duplexes or larger homes. On the flip side, condominiums are less expensive to inspect because many of the areas surrounding the property are managed and maintained by the condominium complex.

Can I perform an inspection myself?

No, it would not be in the best interest of a homeowner to perform a home inspection.
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the expertise and knowledge of a
professional and certified home inspector.

An inspector is knowledgable not only about proper installation, maintenance, and
home safety but also, the elements of home construction. Additionally, an inspector
understands how the home’s components and systems are supposed to function
together as well as why these elements may fail.

 Are certifications important when choosing a home inspector?

Yes. Here in the State of Michigan, home inspectors do not need to have a specific license. However is would be very beneficial if the inspector is licensed in one of the building trades such heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing, or a licensed builder. Also, it is important that all inspectors carry insurance such as liability insurance and errors and omissions insurance.

Is there anything I need to do before a home inspector arrives?

Before a home inspector arrives at your home, there are a few things you can to ensure
the process goes as quickly and easily as possible.

- Make sure there are keys available for any locked doors and gates.
- Clear away any obstacles around water heaters or air conditioning units around the
perimeter of the home
- Make note of the locations of any additional components which may be concealed by
landscape vegetation.
- Clear away any boxes or items which may block the entrance to the attic
- Move fragile items away from the windows
- Take pets to a neighbor or friends home

Do I need to be present at the time of the inspection?

No, you do not need to be present at the time of the inspection but we highly
recommend it. By being there, it gives the home inspector the ability to focus on any
particular concerns the client may have.

Why do I need a full report on my property?

When buying or selling a property, one of the most important steps you can take is
scheduling a home inspection. It will cost you a little bit of time and money; however,
it is worth it. A home inspection will reveal problems or issues that you may be able
to get the current owners to take care of before you move in, which will save you both
time and money. Additionally, an inspection will show you which components of a home
need maintenance and attention to make your home as safe and sound as possible.

What if the report reveals problems?

The home inspection will tell you what you can expect from a home before purchasing
and if the report reveals problems or issues with the property, don’t worry. This doesn’t
mean you should or should not purchase the home. You may be able to work with
the current homeowners to see if they will fix the problems themselves. If they are not
able or willing to fix the problems, the report will give you valuable information about
the property to see if these issues are something you will be willing or able to address
yourself before buying.