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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.
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.
Many factors can affect the inspection fee. For more details, check out our "Services & Current Rates" page. 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.
Definitely. We encourage you to attend. The inspection is a valuable learning experience for most homebuyers.
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.
Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop the inspector and ask questions as you go. If the inspector's comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for clarification.
You do receive a written report. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things we cover during a home inspection. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. It is delivered within 1 to 2 days after the inspection.
No. Our goal is to report on the condition 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. Your real estate professional can help you here.
Age does not necessarily have a impact. Radon gas is a common occurrence in many areas so we certainly recommend testing at some point. We have electronic radon measuring equipment which will show different measurement elevations throughout the course of the test (typically 48 hours).
The mold testing we offer collects air samples from the interior and compares them to an exterior baseline sample. This will indicate any long-term leaks or water infiltration that could have resulted in mold growth in concealed areas such as behind interior finishes. The test also indicates the different species of mold to ensure there are no black/toxic mold spores within the dwelling.
We currently have 2 full-time professionals available to perform inspections. All of our inspectors have backgrounds and experience in contracting and inspection, and have been through a comprehensive training program. Continuing education is also a part of every good home inspector’s life.
Our inspectors are licensed and certified for both Vermont and New Hampshire. All of our inspectors have also passed the National Home Inspectors Examination. All were hired for their excellent communication skills and their hands-on experience. Our inspectors also keep their skills current with continuing education programs both through the company and on their own.
Our team of inspectors 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.