Read some of our most commonly asked questions about Home Inspections.
What Exactly is a Home Inspection?
A standard home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential building using the latest technology and inspection tools.
When is the Proper Time to Order a Home Inspection?
A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement is signed with the seller. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can schedule your inspection to meet your timeline.
Why is a Home Inspection So Important?
The purchase of a home is one the largest single investments you will ever make. With that in mind, it is extremely important that you learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the possible need for any major repairs before making the purchase.
A home inspection with Sky Blue Inspections helps minimize the possibility of unpleasant surprises, unexpected costs and post-purchase headaches. Throughout your inspection, your inspector will even give you maintenance tips that will be necessary to keep it in good shape.
After the home inspection, you will have a much better understanding of the property you are about to purchase, giving you confidence and peace of mind.
Do I Have to Be Present for the Home Inspection?
We always invite our customers to be part of the home inspection process. It’s a great chance for you to get to know your house before you make it your home!
You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly.
You will learn firsthand about the condition of the home and become familiar with all its features and components.
You will get to know how various systems work and how to maintain them.
If for any reason you cannot attend the home inspection, we provide you with a detailed electronic report, including digital pictures, videos and descriptions of any issues identified.
How Long Does a Home Inspection Last?
A home inspection typically takes anywhere from 2½ to 3½ hours. It really depends on the size, age and complexity of the home.
How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost?
Our home inspection prices are fair and competitive – you’ll get highly valuable insights and the quality information you need to make informed decisions. Our Home Inspections start at $310 and increase in price based on the size and age of the home.
Radon Testing can be added for an additional $145. We proudly stand behind the outstanding value that we deliver for the money. When you schedule your Home Inspection, you’ll see a price quote before you are asked to provide payment.
What if My Inspector Finds Problems During the Home Inspection?
First of all, it’s important to remember that it is rare for any home to be perfect. When your home inspector does identify some problems during the home inspection, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house.
Often, it really just helps you better understand what to expect without surprises. It’s important to discuss any problems or issues with your Realtor, they can help you determine your best course of action.
If the House Checks Out, Did I Really Need a Home Inspection in the First Place?
Most certainly, yes. Now that your new home has been thoroughly inspected, you can complete your home purchase with confidence in its overall condition and its vital systems and components.
You will also have become knowledgeable about your new home’s structure and systems, and can keep that information handy for future reference.
Can a Home Actually “Pass or Fail” a Home Inspection?
Not Really. A home inspection is merely a thorough examination of the home’s current condition. It is neither an appraisal (which determines market value) nor a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance.
Most home inspection professionals, therefore, will not “pass” or “fail” a house, but will accurately and objectively describe its current condition and indicate potential problems or concerns. It is really up to the buyer and their agent to determine if the home meets their needs and standards.
More questions? Call us for answers to other questions you may have at 651-675-8895.