Frequently Asked Questions

Of Home Inspections in Northern Virginia

  • The Buyer – Having the data to make informed decisions
  • The seller – Knowing possible problem areas that may cause difficulty in the sale of a home or property
  • Agent/Broker — Will have a smoother transaction

For the home seller -On the day of the home inspection keep all utilities on, double check that you’ve left clear access to areas and systems all around the house, and unlock any gates, electrical boxes, or other areas that you normally keep secure. Empty your dishwasher, dryer and washing machine as the inspector will run through a cycle on each to test operability.   Clear out all sinks, kitchen and bathrooms.  Replace any burned out light bulbs and put in new furnace filters to ensure maximum air handler flow.  Most of all, be ready at least an hour before the inspector is set to arrive (they’re known for being early) and prepare yourself and your family to vacate the house during the inspection. It’s best to take any pets with you, but if you cannot, make sure they’re safely crated or otherwise secured.

For the home buyer – Show up at the designated time and be prepared to stay for at least 3 hours. You don’t have to attend, in full or in part, but it is advised that you do so.  Enjoy the time taking a closer look at your new home.”

• Immediately verbally and within 24 hours in a well thought out computer generated report.

No.  There is the matter of providing an unbiased, objective, third party report on the condition of the home.

A home is the single largest investment that most people will every make.  It makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are about to invest in before you buy.  With a home inspection you can avoid expensive surprise repairs and maintenance problems with the home.  Our reports will given you a clear picture of the structural elements and systems that make up the home and property.

In short, a significant return on investment

Our inspection report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs. No house is going to be perfect.  It is up to you to decide how any of the potential problems the inspection uncovers might affect how you go forward with the purchase.  If the inspection discovers major problems, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have the repairs completed before closing the deal.  Or the seller my offer to lower the price as an alternative to making the repairs.  The decision on how you want to move forward is up to you but having the knowledge that an inspection provides will give you the information needed to make an informed decision.  What you know can save you money!

The inspection will take approximately 3 to 4 hours with time dependent on the size, age, number of systems and condition of the home.  Town homes and condominiums will take a little less time.

No, but it is highly recommended that you be present during the inspection. The site walk-through and the written report go hand-in-hand in understanding details that may arise during an inspection. If you are present during the inspection, you can see what item or condition the inspector is referring to and ask questions. This is a great benefit as recall of particular items can be visualized once the report has been received.

Without the proper training and certification, even the most experienced homeowner lacks the expertise to properly inspect a home. A certified home inspector is familiar with all the elements of home construction, maintenance and safety along with how everything is intended to function together and how things go wrong,
It can be difficult for home buyers, owners and sellers to remain unemotional and completely objective about the house which can affect their judgment. It is best to get the professional, unbiased opinion by a certified professional home inspector as a third-party that can remain objective about the condition of a home.

There is no passing or failing when it comes to a home inspection. It is not an appraisal which determines the market value of a home, nor is it a municipal inspection which inspects for local code compliance. What a home inspector does is describe the condition of the house, making suggestions as to what needs to be repaired, replaced or improved.
  • Get a home inspection from the owner of the company. Nobody works harder for you if the success of their business depends on exceeding your expectations for quality and professionalism.
  • Get a home inspector that will spend the time conducting a quality inspection. If your inspector does two or three inspections a day, he’s probably not spending the time needed to do a complete job.  A complete inspection is going to take around 3 plus hours, and then there is additional time in fine-tuning the inspection report.  Anything less and you’re getting a drive-by inspection.
  • Will your home inspector commit to only conducting your inspection on the scheduled day? … to ensure he spends the time during the inspection and afterwards fine tuning the report based on customer needs and requests and obviously the inspection itself.
  • Select a Professional Home Inspector who is very different than a contractor. Home Inspectors are responsible for evaluating all of the systems and components of the home – not just one aspect such as the brick or the framing.  To provide a competent evaluation of all the elements takes formal education and training.  Did the inspector attend one of the top home inspection schools, or was it a correspondence course?  Comprehensive, continuing education and training is a must.
  • Select a Home Inspector That Brings Advanced Technology Buying a home is an extraordinary investment.  So why would you want merely an ordinary inspection?  There is no reason to wonder if you’re getting the best inspection if the inspector is using cutting-edge technologies and the proper tools – such as Infrared Scanners, Drones, Laser Thermometers and Hand-Held Moisture Meters.  Newer technology such as these will uncover “hidden” signs of damage and potential problems that might otherwise go undetected in an ordinary inspection.
  • Don’t Necessarily Go With the Cheapest Price – Given the return on the investment of a quality, high-technology focused home inspection, go with the home inspector that offers the best inspection package, not necessarily the cheapest inspector. It is likely the few extra dollars of investment will pay off many fold.
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