How long does a home inspection take?
A typical inspection should take 2 to 3 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on. As a courtesy to sellers, we recommend that they be informed of the timeframe in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.
What do you look at?
We inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. Our goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase.
How much does an inspection cost?
Some factors will affect the fee. Your inspection could cost as low as $300 or as high as $500 + depending on the age, size, location of your home and if there are multiple structures. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the deciding factor unless the level of service offered is identical. Remember, you are considering a major purchase and your choice of home inspector should be based on getting the best value, not just the best price.
What is included in the fee?
- Complete home inspection conducted by an experienced professional.
- Comprehensive written home inspection report.
Detached garage, out buildings, re-inspections, mileage for anything over 30 miles from Billings, and added services such as Radon Testing will be at an additional charge.
Can I follow along?
Definitely. We encourage you to attend. The inspection is a valuable learning experience for most homebuyers.'
Do I have to take notes?
You don't have to take notes during the inspection. We will document everything in a written report. It's much better to follow the inspector through, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It's also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you.
Can I ask questions?
Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to ask questions as you go. If the inspector's comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation.
What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 1/2 hours walking through the home with the inspector. You won't have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes won't get dirty.
Can I bring my family?
We recommend that you not bring your family; this is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on the inspector's comments - the fewer distractions, the better.
Do I get a written or electronic report? When?
You will have your report within 24 hours of your home inspection. We will email you an electronic copy of the report. Written reports are also available at no extra charge upon request. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home.
If it's really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?
No. Our goal is to report on the condition and function of the components of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play.
Do you offer a warranty on the house?
A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information. It's a little like getting a check-up from your doctor: It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty.
Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house - they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don't leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed. As such, we cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.
How many inspectors do you have?
We currently have one full-time professional available to perform inspections. Our inspector has extensive background and experience in construction and inspection.
What are your inspectors' qualifications?
Our inspector is a graduate of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) School, with over 25 years in the construction industry. Our inspector has taken and passed the National Home Inspector's Exam.
Our inspector keeps his skills current with continuing education programs through ASHI and InterNACHI.
Are you members of any professional organizations?
Our inspector is an associate of ASHI - Associate #258797. InterNACHI member: NACHI15061813.
How many days notice do I need to give you?
Our inspector is ready to serve you quickly. However, when the sale of a home is conditional on the results of a home inspection, we recommend that you allow at least three days to arrange for a home inspection.