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COMMON DEFECTS and 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Statistics for the last six months of 2007

Percentages of the homes we have inspected have these defects

Roof leakage and other roof covering defects:        66%

Structure, mostly with roof trusses:                   33%

Electrical 1-3 issues:                                   49%

Electrical over 3 issues, typically older homes:        37%

Plumbing 1-3 issues:                                     48%

Plumbing over 3 issues, typically older homes:          15%

AC / Heating issues:                                     63%

AC Ducting issues:                                       15%

Appliances:                                               25%

Interior / Exterior 1-5 issues:                          65%

Interior / Exterior over 5 issues:                       20%

 

1. WHAT DO YOU INSPECT?

    The inspection is governed by the ASHI Standards of Practice, as a minimum. This includes systems such as Structural, Roofing, Electrical, Plumbing, Air conditioning / Heating, Interior Issues, Exterior Issues and looks for unsafe, disfunctional or hazardous conditions that affect the intended function of the componant of system. Things such as roof leaks, window / wall leaks, plumbing leaks, malfunctioning AC and heating equipment and ducting systems, structural defects, to name a few.

2. WHO WILL DO THE INSPECTION?

    Michael LaBarre - ASHI Certified Inspector #103699; PLEASE SEE "MEET YOUR INSPECTOR"

3. HOW LONG WILL THE INSPECTION TAKE?

    While each home is unique and has it's own issues that all need to be reviewed, in some cases several times, inspection times take approximately one hour for each 1000sft under air with an hour and half as a minimum. Another variable is how many questions the client has regarding issues. Note that our policy is to take as long as needed to meet the needs of the home and individuals, within reason. Our scheduled time between inspection appointments typically allows ample time for each inspection with extra time when necessary.

4. WHAT WILL THE INSPECTION COST?

    The cost of the inspection varies depending on the size and age of the home. Additional services such as pools, are also performed for an additional fee. PLEASE SEE "CURRENT PRICES" for details.

5. WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?

    Payment is due at the time of the inspection unless other arrangements  are made prior to the inspection. Payment may be delayed until closing if secured with  a check for the amount of the inspection that we will held till payment is made or the real estate contract is cancelled. Please see "home inspection agreement / contract"

6. WHAT FORM(S) OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

    Personal or Bank Check or Cash   

7. IS THE INSPECTION GUARANTEED?

    No, however the performance of the inspector is guaranteed to meet the ASHI Standards: PLEASE SEE "GUARANTEE OF INSPECTOR PERFORMANCE" AND "HOME INSPECTION AGREEMENT / CONTRACT"

8. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE REPORT?

    The report includes a detailed clear concise description of all major components and systems and their observable defects as governed by the ASHI Standards of practice. PLEASE SEE "SAMPLE REPORT"

9. HOW LONG BEFORE I GET THE REPORT?

    The report is written the following morning and e-mailed typically before 9AM, along with an e-mail containing the inspection photos. The hard copy (client only) is either dropped off, mailed or can be picked up in our box on the side of our office, the day after the inspection.

10. IF THERE ARE DEFECTS DISCOVERED WITH THE HOME, DOES THAT MEAN THE SELLER WOULD NEED TO HAVE THEM REPAIRED?  HOW CAN I BE SURE THE REPAIRS WERE MADE AND DONE PROPERLY?

    The report represents the condition of the home, within limits of visual inspecting. Your Real Estate Contract, between you and the home owner, typically have agreements as how defects will be addressed, and by whom. Your Realtor or Real Estate Attorney can better explain what those agreements are and help in implementation of those agreements. We do offer a service to verify work was performed and within industry standards. PLEASE SEE "RE-INSPECTION POLICY"

11. IS THE REPORT TRANSFERRABLE?

    No. The inspection and report is a service, not a product, for this one time use of our client, and anyone the client deems needing to use it on the clients behalf, regarding the purchase or sale of the home listed in the report.  PLEASE SEE "INSPECTION AGREEMENT / CONTRACT"

    

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