Frequently Asked Questions


Day of Inspection

How long will the inspection take?

There are several factors that determine the length of time for a home inspection, ranging from the size of the house, to how it was built.  For example, a house with a crawlspace will take longer to complete than a house built on a slab.

Generally speaking, you can estimate approximately 1 hour per 1000 square feet.

When can I expect my inspection report?

You can expect your inspection report within 24 hours of the inspection.

Can I walk around the house with you?

Absolutely.  While I’ll need to focus and evaluate during the inspection, I’ll be happy to explain everything I’ve found at the end of the inspection. Feel free to tag along and write down your questions.

Can my agent be there too?

Yes! Agents are encouraged to be there and be engaged so they can know what they’re writing up in your Repair Request Addendum.

The Report

What should I be looking for?

My reports have lots of images to help you recall what you’re looking at. I break down my reports into areas that are safety hazards and other recommended items to fix/ask for.

The summary will be the most helpful area of the report, right at the top.

Will there be recommendations on who to call?

With each defect I include which type of contractor you will need to search for to get quotes.

Can a house fail a home inspection?

A professional home inspection is an examination and objective assessment of the current condition of a house.

A home inspector will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need repair or replacement.

A home inspection is not an appraisal and will not determine the home’s market value.

It is also not a municipal inspection and does not verify local code compliance.

What if the inspection report reveals problems?

It is important to note that no house is perfect. Every home inspection will identify issues with the property and the inspector will communicate the severity of the issues found. The home inspector’s goal is to leave their clients with a deeper understanding of their prospective home, so the client can make a sound decision as they continue their home buying process. The client should be fully aware of any issues, risks, or health concerns that may impact the client’s decision.

The inspector’s role is not to tell the clients if they should buy the house or not, but to help the clients understand the full cost of ownership. If major problems are found, homebuyers may wish to negotiate with the seller to make repairs or cover their costs.

What is the Buy-Back Guarantee and how does it work?

As an InterNACHI® Certified Professional Inspector®, I participate in the Buy-Back Guarantee.  This simply means InterNACHI® will buy your home back if the inspector misses something on your inspection.

Here’s how this program works:

  • It’s valid for home inspections performed for home buyers only by participating InterNACHI® members.
  • The home must be listed for sale with a licensed real estate agent.
  • The Guarantee excludes homes with material defects not present at the time of the inspection, or not required to be inspected, per InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice.
  • The Guarantee will be honored for 90 days after closing.
  • InterNACHI will pay you whatever price you paid for the home.


Can I call you if I have questions after the I get the report?

Absolutely. Call, text or email me with questions.

My gift to you:

As a way of saying “Thank You”, I’ll gift you with a hard-copy of “Now That You’ve Had An Inspection: Home Maintenance”.  This resource is chalked-full with how to care for your new home.


Can you give me some preferred contractors to call?

I have a few contractors that I’ve worked with in the past that I can recommend. I still recommend you contact at least 3 in each area for quotes and do your own research.

What is Radon?

Radon gas comes from the decay of radioactive material in the earth.  It can’t be seen, touched, or smelled and it exists everywhere at some level.

The EPA recommends remediation if the level of radon in your home is more than 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries per liter).

Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking.

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