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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Your Essential FAQs Answered Here

  • How do I get the agreement?
    We send you a link to the appropriate agreement(s) when your appointment is set up so that you can review the selected services and sign digitally online. This is the preferred method for handling this paperwork as it is easier to store than boxes of papers. If you will not be attending the inspection, please sign this online before the inspection date. The agent may not sign the agreement without a power of attorney. Only the client may sign the agreement. You can scan and email it to info@inspectionprosla.com. This must be done prior to the inspection appointment.
  • What does an inspection not cover?
    An inspector is considered to be a generalist. This means that we have general knowledge on the systems and components of a home. Sometimes further evaluation is needed by licensed professionals and an inspector will sometimes recommend that they be consulted. We are not taking things apart, moving personal items or giving opinions or advice beyond the scope of our inspection.
  • What does the inspection cost?
    There are many things to consider to be able to determine the fee. Location, size and amenities are the main questions. Do you need a sewer inspection? Chimney? Mold? Pool? Guest house? Clients can choose whatever they want with us. We discount all the add-on fees to help Clients get all the info they need to make the right decision.
  • Should I be there during the inspection?
    It is always a good idea to attend but we know it is not always possible. Our reports are written in an easy to read format. A summary is included at the end of the report for easy reference. After reading the report, you are always welcome to connect with us for follow up to get your questions answered.
  • What if the house fails the inspection?
    Our reports do not give a passing or failing grade on the home. We give factual information in an easy to understand way so you can make informed decisions regarding your purchase. No house is perfect and you should expect to find items that need repair/replacement or further investigation.
  • Is there a fee for the inspector to come back out to the property?
    Our home inspectors are paid for their time just like other professionals. The inspection fee covers one inspection appointment. If we have to return to a property through no fault of the inspector or Inspection Pros, it takes up another inspection time slot that incurs costs for the inspector, gas and support staff at the office. We will not be able to complete inspections without operational utilities. Please confirm that the utilities are on for the inspection and all parts of the property are accessible. Additional trips for repair verification are available for a fee.
  • Is the home inspection the only inspection I need?
    A home inspector looks for evidence of defects, such as staining, noises, uneven surfaces, cracks, odors, and so on. Based on the evidence, the inspector may recommend further evaluation by a professional who is licensed in that particular trade (pest/termite, plumber, electrician, roofer, and more). A very important concept for clients to understand is that a home inspector can only report what he sees. This includes defects that are directly observable such as bad wiring or a furnace that does not work. An inspector will also report on any evidence that may indicate problems that are not directly observable. This would include stains on a ceiling or wall, which may indicate a possible leak. A home inspection should not be considered an exhaustive test of every component of a house. For example, a home inspector is not an engineer and cannot perform a soils stability test or provide load calculations. A home inspector does not “water test” the roof, windows, or doors. This would involve the use of special spray equipment, which is beyond the scope of a home inspection.
  • What do I do with the findings in the report?
    It is essential that you take action on the recommendations. If your report has a recommendation for further evaluation by a licensed professional, do it before the end of your contingency period. For example, if there is a recommendation to have something repaired or evaluated by a licensed plumber, you should forward your report to a licensed plumber immediately to get their opinion. They can provide you with a quote for the cost of repairs, or estimated life remaining of that component. If you do not act before the end of your contingency period and buy the house, you will be responsible for the cost to repair these items, which may be substantial.
  • Are there things a home inspection doesn’t cover?
    Home inspections typically exclude invasive procedures like drilling holes or opening walls, and might not include specialized examinations such as pests, asbestos, or environmental hazards. Additionally, they don't guarantee the detection of concealed issues or predict future problems, focusing primarily on visible and accessible components of the property at the time of inspection.
  • Should I reinspect the property after repairs are made?
    Reinspecting the property after repairs is advisable to ensure the identified issues were adequately addressed. It helps verify the quality of repairs, ensuring they were completed as agreed upon. This step provides peace of mind to buyers, confirming that the necessary fixes were executed effectively, minimizing the risk of recurring problems or unresolved issues post-purchas
  • Are home inspections necessary for newly constructed homes?
    Yes, home inspections for newly constructed homes are highly recommended. Even though they're new, inspections help uncover potential construction defects or oversights. Identifying issues early ensures they're addressed before becoming larger problems, providing buyers with confidence in the home's quality and helping them make informed decisions before finalizing the purchase of the property.
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