Can I Inspect The Building Myself?
Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional inspector who inspects homes on a daily basis. An inspector is equally familiar with the critical elements of construction and with the proper installation, maintenance and inter-relationships of these elements. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the building they really want, and this may lead to a poor assessment.
Should I Attend The Inspection?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is a good idea. By following the inspector through the inspection, observing and asking questions, you will learn about the new building and get some tips on general maintenance. Information that will be of great help to you after you have moved in.
It’s Brand New…What Could be Wrong?
It is not good business to forego a home inspection on a newly constructed house, regardless of how conscientious and reputable your home builder.
No home, regardless of how well it is constructed, is totally free of defects. The construction of a house involves thousands of details, performed at the hands of scores of individuals. No general contractor can possibly oversee every one of these elements, and the very nature of human fallibility dictates that some mistakes and oversights will occur, even when the most talented and best-intentioned trades people are involved. It is also an unfortunate aspect of modern times that some builders/developers do not stand behind their workmanship and may not return to fix or replace defective components installed after the sale is complete.
Can we ask you questions after the inspection?
Certainly. We would be glad to answer any questions you might have after the building inspection or even after you move in to your new home for as long as you own it.
Can a home fail inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.
How long will the inspection be?
An average inspection will take about 2 to 3 hours.
Do you provide a written report?
Yes. Our electronic report is ready for you within 24 hours upon completion of the home inspection. At A Home Check we do not rush through our reports just so it can be presented to you within 15 minutes after the inspection, this often leads to sloppy and incomplete reports. At A Home Check we strive to provide you with a clear and comprehensive report complete with digital photos.
How can I reduce the radon levels in an existing house?
Radon levels in a house can be reduced. This can be done by several methods, but one of the most widely used methods is the active sub-slab depressurization system. This technique will reroute the radon gas from the soil away from the house, by venting the soil gas from beneath the basement to a point above the roof. This technique is very effective and will typically cost between $2500 and $4000 to install.
Do you do repairs?
No. A Home Check Home Inspectors are professional home inspector experts and we are not in the contracting or construction field. Our job is to identify any possible problems and give advice.
Do you provide a warranty on your building inspections?
No. A Home Check Home Inspections do not provide unlimited or limited warranties or guarantees. However, newer buildings should have some type of warranty from the builder. We recommend the buyer review the builder warranty prior to closing. We also strongly recommend that the property is fully insured for water damage, fire, theft, structural, etc.
Can you provide images?
Yes, photos and FLIR thermal images are included in all home inspections at no additional cost.
In the event I have concerns prior to closing, can I contact the inspector?
Yes. Your A Home Check Ltd Home Inspector can be reached by phone between 9am and 7pm, 7 days a week. Or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org