Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How is the fee determined?
A: The fee is based upon the age and size (in square feet of floor area under roof) of the house. Other features that determine the fee include, but not limited to, multiple stories, pool, spa, crawlspace under the floor.

Q: How long does a full inspection take?
A: This will depend on the size and age of the home, typically at least 2 hours, but not usually more than 4 hours on site. The report is typically delivered within 24 hours.

Q: When is payment due?
A: Payment is due at the time of the inspection. A signed agreement is also required at this time.

Q: What form of payment is accepted?
A: Credit cards, Cash or check.

Q: What is involved in a full inspection?
A: The inspection is based on my observations and experience. The method of observation is strictly visual and non-destructive. Readily accessible panels are opened, and components are operated to determine functionality. I am bound by the Standards of Practice as determined by ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) and FABI (Florida Association of Building Inspectors), which I suggest you read before the inspection.

Q: What is the difference between a “home” and a “condo?”
A: For billing purposes only, a “home” is a typical single-family residence or any one of a multi-family unit up to a 4-plex. A condo would be in any multi-family residential unit, where the exterior, grounds, roof and attic are considered “common” ownership and not included in the inspection and report.

Q: What is included in a condo inspection?
A: This would include the same systems and components as any other home inspection excluding so-called “common” areas, such as roof, attic, community rooms and parking lot.

Q: Should I attend the inspection?
A: Although not necessary, I strongly recommend it. This is the best time to ask questions and you can see what I see.

Q: What are the limitations to a Home Inspection?
A: I can report only what I am able to see, and what is operable. I open readily accessible doors, hatches and panels. I cannot see through solid objects like walls, and I cannot see into the future.

Q: What is in the Inspection Report?
A: Included in the Inspection Report are the methods used to inspect the various systems and components; the condition of each; recommendations to correct or monitor for future correction; those items which in my opinion are not functioning properly or significantly deficient, unsafe, or are near the end of their useful service lives.

Q: How do you rate or grade a home for purchase?
A: I do not! I provide an Inspection Report that determines the condition of the systems and components that exist at the time of the inspection, and in the most accurate, ethical and impartial manner possible. I do not recommend the purchase or not. I do not grade the home. I do not comment on or determine the value of the home.

Q: Where is your loyalty during an Inspection?
A: My client is the individual who signs the Inspection agreement and pays the fee. I naturally have a working relationship with Realtors, but they do not influence my inspection or the report in any way, and I hope the Realtors understand this. I honestly have no interest in making or breaking any deal. In a sense, my ultimate loyalty is to the home I am inspecting, by reporting conditions as accurately as possible.

Q: How is the report delivered?
A: I prefer to work “paperless” whenever possible, so I will email the report to you in PDF format. If you prefer a hard copy, there will be an additional charge for printing and delivery and must be specifically requested.

Q: Is the report transferable?
A: The Inspection Report is intended solely for the client who signs the agreement with the Home Inspector and pays the fee and is not transferable in any way.

Q: What does “further evaluation” mean?
A: If I discover any conditions that require further evaluation by experts, I will make that recommendation in the Inspection Report. This usually means I have observed conditions that may require a specialized expertise, such as (but not limited to) a structural engineer or a mold inspector or a licensed electrician.

Q: Why do you not perform mold and termite inspections?
A: WDO stands for “wood destroying organisms,” commonly known as a “termite inspection.” I am not qualified by license or certification to perform either a WDO or mold inspection.  I will leave these inspections to those who are licensed and/or certified to do so.

Q: Why do you not schedule termite inspections?
A: The so-called termite inspections were free at one time, but no longer (exactly). These days you pay for a “termite” inspection, then after you buy the home, you hire this company for an annual pest control service, the original inspection fee is credited toward the annual service, then making the original inspection “free.”  I am not at all comfortable choosing pest control services for other people.

Q: Can you determine code compliance?
A: Building codes are required for new construction and do not apply to existing structures. Therefore, I cannot and will not determine code compliance during a home inspection.

Q: What is a 4-point / Insurance inspection?
A: This type of inspection is far less comprehensive than a full inspection and is typically requested for insurance purposes. This covers only the roof, electrical, plumbing and heating/cooling. The Report will relate the age, general condition and expected remaining lifespan, as well as any extraordinary conditions.

Q: Can you make repairs?
A: I am prohibited by state law and by the Standards of Practice of ASHI and FABI to perform any repairs for at least one year after the inspection. I cannot determine who should make repairs, when something should be repaired, why something does not work, how much a repair will cost, or how something should be repaired.

Q: What components are not included in the inspection?
A: The agreement will provide details of the limitations, exceptions and exclusions. This includes such unique or complex components such as solar panels, sewage systems and elevators.

Q: What do “exclusions” mean in the agreement and the ASHI Standards of Practice?
A: These “exclusions” refer to systems and components that are not required to be inspected according to the ASHI Standards of Practice. While I may not be required to inspect certain systems or components, this does not mean I may not report any obvious conditions that deserve attention.