Q: What is a home inspection and what can I expect from one?
A: home inspection is a thorough look at the major systems of the home. A Carlson Home Inspection includes inspection of Heating / Cooling systems, Electrical System- Panel / Outlets / Lighting, Pluming System including Supply piping / Drainage piping / Fixtures, Structural elements including Roof / Wall / Floor Structures, Roof Coverings, Interior / Exterior surfaces and Decks / Porches. Also included in Your Home Inspection is a Wood Destroying Insect (WDO- Termites, Carpenter Ants, Wood Boring Beetles) and a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection (WDI- Wood Rot Fungus). Many lenders require you to provide them with a WDI / WDO inspection report. See our rigorous standards of practice for a complete list of the systems covered in a home inspection. The goal of the inspection is to identify the systems of the home, and when possible identify system deficiencies and systems that are at or near the end of their useful life.
Q: Do I need to have my home inspected?
A: The simple answer is Yes. New or old, every home needs an inspection. Steve will provide you with a wealth of information that's hard to acquire any other way. From the foundation to the roof, you'll gain important information about the largest investment you're likely to make in your lifetime. By helping you to better understand your house, a home inspection helps to pave the challenging road to home ownership.
Q: How long does an inspection take?
A: A home inspection can take anywhere from 3-4 hours depending on the house, the inspector and the conditions at the time of the inspection.
Q: Do I have to attend the inspection?
A: Your attendance at the inspection is not required, but you will learn much more about your home by attending the inspection. Your inspector is an educated and experienced source of information about your home.
Q: How much does an inspection cost
A: Home inspections can cost as little as $385. Fees are generally based on the size, location and age of the home. The inspectors fee for large homes, remotely located homes, and older homes can be more. Considering the benefit you receive, a home inspection is a great value.