Questions That You Should Ask
When Shopping for a Home Inspector
Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
A: Home inspectors
come and go. The long time firms are here to stay. Theyll
be here if you have a question or a problem down the road. Accutek
has been in business since 1993. We are one of the largest independant
home inspection companies in Southwestern Michigan.
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR INSPECTORS' QUALIFICATIONS?
A: The industry is
essentially unregulated. Anyone can call themselves a home inspector.
Our inspectors are certified home inspectors and licensed contractors.
They have all graduated from intensive home inspection training
programs and are required to have on-going quarterly training.
Q: CAN I FOLLOW ALONG AT THE INSPECTION?
A: If they dont
allow you to go to the inspection, dont use them. At Accutek
we encourage you to attend. This is a valuable learning experience
for most home buyers. It is a perfect opportunity to ask specific
questions about the condition of the home. Also, where defects are
identified, the inspector can discuss these so that you understand
what repairs are required, when and at roughly what cost.
Q: DO YOU FOLLOW ASHI GUIDELINES?
American Society of Home Inspectors Standards of Practice has set
the minimum scope of a professional home inspection. These standards
are your assurance of completeness of coverage of the substantive
physical components that make up your home. Accutek inspectors are
governed by these guidelines and held to a strict code of ethics
that prohibits potential conflicts of interest.
Q: DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
carry appropriate Errors and Omissions, General Liability and Workmans
Compensation Insurance. Ask the inspection company to provide you
with a copy of their current binder. Wed be happy to.
Q: DO YOU DO REPAIRS OR RECOMMEND CONTRACTORS?
We are a consulting firm specializing in building inspections. We
consider it a conflict of interest for a home inspector to recommend
or refer a contractor to perform repairs. We offer an unbiased opinion
on the condition of the home. We accept no referral fees from anyone.
Q: HOW MUCH DOES AN INSPECTION COST?
typical fee for an inspection is $250. However, some factors will
affect the fee. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the
fee charged should not be the sole deciding factor, unless of course
the level of service offered is identical.
We suspect the house you are buying is not the cheapest
house, but rather a house that you feel represents good value. we
urge you to choose your home inspector the same way.
Q: HOW LONG DOES AN INSPECTION TAKE?
A: A typical home inspection
takes between 2 and 3 hours. Some older and/or larger homes can
take longer. As a courtesy to the seller, they should be informed
of the time involved once the inspection is arranged.
Q: DO YOU PROVIDE A WRITTEN REPORT?
A: Yes. Our computerized
report is prepared for you upon completion of the inspection. No
delay. We deliver a comprehensive report, The Home Factbook, that
our clients have found to be essential in assisting them in their
decision to purchase. It is also a valuable reference during your
ownership of the property. It includes a report overview page which
summarizes the condition of the home, nine reports dealing with
the major systems of the home, and over 400 pages of reference material
corresponding to our recommendations. It is such a comprehensive
system that dozens of Real Estate offices buy it from us to use
in their training programs.
Q; CAN WE CONTACT YOU WITH QUESTIONS AFTER THE INSPECTION?
A: Yes. After the inspection you are welcome
to call to discuss any current or future questions you may have
about the report or the property, including advice about future
repairs for items we identified or for new problems which may develop.
There is no added fee for this service.
Q: WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT?
A: We inspect the visible building components which include:
Property Drainage, Walks and Drives, Foundation, Footings, Exterior
Walls, Siding, Trim, Windows, Doors, Cabinets, Counters, Gutters,
Downspouts, Roof, Roof Shingles, Chimneys, Interior Floors, Walls,
Ceilings, Installed Appliances, Roof Structures, Heating and Cooling
Systems, Electrical System and Service Capacity, Pest Damage/Risk
Areas, Energy Conservation/Safety Items. Our goal is to identify
any major problems that would affect a typical purchasers buying
We will add significantly to your knowledge of the home, but still
cannot tell you everything about the house. All home inspections
are entirely visual. No destructive testing is performed. The inspection
and report will put you in a much better position to make your decision.
Q: DO YOU PERFORM ANY ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING?
A: Yes, but not as a part of a typical home
inspection. We can perform Water Analysis, Lead Paint, UFFI, and
Radon for an additional fee as it requires laboratory work. We will
advise you during our normal home inspection if there are any potential
visual concerns in regards to environmental hazards that you may
want to have further investigated or have tested.
Q: CAN YOU PROVIDE ME WITH REFERENCES?
A: Certainly. We can fax you a few questionaires
from previous clients or if you wish to come to our office we can
show you hundreds of questionnaires.
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