Frequently Asked Questions
Of Home Inspections in Northern Virginia
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.”
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.
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.