We are happy to assist you in any question you may have, bellow you can find the most commonly questions about Residential Home Inspections.  If your question is not answer on this page please contact us.


Why Do I need a Home Inspection?

A home inspection can detect safety issues, and the report provided is an opportunity for a buyer to identify any major issues with a home prior to closing.  It is important to conduct a home inspection to avoid a costly mistake by purchasing a property in need of major repairs.  It can also become a negotiation tool in closing, and could inform the buyer of potential future maintenance and upkeep.


How Long does an Inspection take?

On average a residential inspection takes between 2 to 4 hours depending on the size and age of the house.  We always recommend the home owner be present during the inspection in case any questions arise, and to gain a valuable educational opportunity.


What is involved in a residential inspection?

A certified home inspector will conduct a thorough inspection to assist you in finding out the condition of the structure, exterior, roof, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, interior, windows, doors, insulation and ventilation. Once the inspection is completed, the inspector will provide the buyer with a detailed report suggesting any improvements or repairs deemed necessary to bring the home up to current standards.  This report will help the buyer to forecast future repairs, negotiate the price of the property or to get the seller to fix any problems that are found during the inspection, or if the issue is to big to fix it could help you to cancel the transaction.  Additional specialty inspections that are recommended are radon testing, well water testing, Asbestos Testing, Mold testing and others.  A Professional inspector will provide a detailed report explaining the conditions of the home and what repairs need to be focused on. A good home inspector will be thorough and accurate.


How to prepare for a Home Inspection

  • De-clutter inspection access areas
  • Provide clear path to the attic
  • Clear a path to the fire place/ stove
  • Clear access to the crawlspace
  • Clear access to electrical panel, furnace, hot water heater, etc.


What is the difference between a home inspection and a home appraiser?

A home inspection will focus on the condition of the property and all of the installed systems.  It will also include any found relevant information that could be represent a health or safety issues.  A home appraiser will focused on determining the current market value of the house. The appraiser will take into account recent sales data in the surrounded area, along with other pertinent information and tools, to determinate how much the property is worth in the current market. A good home inspector should never comment on the value of the inspected property.


Would inspectors take care of the repairs he recommends to be done?

It could be a conflict of interest, and could bring liability issues if the home inspector you hire offers to make repairs.  Any InterNASHI home inspector is not allowed to perform repairs on a home that they have inspected for a period of one year following the inspection. This allows for an impartial and unbiased inspection. We always recommend that you hire a qualified, licensed contractor to perform any corrective action given in the inspection report.


Is asbestos identification included in  the residential inspection?

No, asbestos inspection is not included in a regular Home Inspection. However for an additional fee we do offer asbestos testing. Austin carries a 40 hour asbestos abatement certification. He knows where to look for ACM (asbestos containing material), and how to collect samples safely so that your home is not contaminated. Please note. Samples from asbestos testing are sent to a lab and take approximately 1 week to receive results.


Is radon testing included in  the residential inspection?

No, radon testing is not included in a regular home inspection. however we do offer radon testing for an additional fee. please note. radon testing requires that all windows, doors and vents closed 12 hours prior to testing, and remain closed during the test. We do NOT require that you leave your home and normal entry and exit is allowed.


What is not include in a Residential Inspection?

A Professional Home Inspector can’t inspect these:

  • Inside walls (we won’t cut open drywall or insulation. Our inspections are non invasive)
  • Inside pipes or sewer lines
  • Home inspectors will turn on pool pumps and heaters to make sure they’re working. But inspectors won’t routinely evaluate cracks or dents in the pool. For that, you’ll need a professional pool inspector, who will run pressure tests for plumbing leaks.
  • Home inspectors will typically open and shut dampers to make sure they’re working, and shine a flashlight up the chimney to check for big obstructions like a bird nest.
  • The land’s structural integrity. If you want to know whether it shifts, tilts, has  sinkholes  or a high water table, you’ll need to hire a geotechnical or structural engineer.  However home inspectors will check proper ground slope away from buildings.
  • Behind electrical panels
  • Wells and septic systems, if well water testing is requested and additional fees are paid, a professional Residential Inspector will test your well water. Depending on the results of this inspection, the inspector will recommend a Well and Septic System inspector which will ensure that well parts such as seals, vents, and screens have been properly maintained and that the well and pump can produce enough water.  a septic system inspector will check your tanks, baffles, and piping; evaluate the inside of septic tanks using a camera to check on concrete conditions; and make sure wastewater is going into the tank, not leaking to the surface.