During the home inspection process so many things are running through the client’s mind. They are nervous about the house in general, major things the inspector might find, how the inspection process will go, etc. It is important to feel comfortable with your home inspector. This means asking questions during the inspection process. There are so many questions you may have during the inspection process so we have created a list of great questions to ask your home inspector.
For starters, the first question many people ask is
When Can I Schedule my Inspection?
Here at Ellingwood Pro Home inspections, we make the scheduling process super simple. You can schedule your inspection online. Simply click on the schedule inspection tab and you can select the best date and time for your schedule based of the inspector’s availability.
How Much Does it Cost?
On our website you can determine the price of your inspection online using our pricing calculator tool. This tells you the cost of the inspection prior to booking an appointment with us.
When Should I Arrive at The Property?
Typically a home inspection process can take 2-4 hours to complete depending on the age and size of the property. At Ellingwood Pro we usually recommend a client coming to the inspection about an hour or 2 after the start of the inspection to give our inspector time to go through the property first and then go through a second time with the clients. After booking your inspection it is important to ask when you should arrive to your appointment.
How is the Report Delivered?
At Ellingwood Pro we deliver our inspection reports digitally. This makes it super convenient for clients and agents as they can view their report and photos from a computer or even a cell phone.
Can you Please Explain this to Me?
If you are confused, be sure to ask your inspector for clarification. Especially when walking through the home with the inspector and they are pointing things out to you, make sure you ask any questions to help you best understand the area of concern so you can fully comprehend what they are referring to. Make sure you ask your inspector questions. They will write a full report about the house but it may be easier for them to explain when talking with you in person instead of when you begin reading their report.
Is this a Major Problem and Should I Hire an Expert?
When you are discussing issues in the home or even viewing the report it is important to understand if something is a major concern and requires an expert to look at or if this is something fairly normal and not as urgent to get fixed right away. Most home inspectors will not be able to provide you with an expert opinion on the cost of something to be repaired or the amount of work needed to fix it. For major issues such as foundation damage, roof issues, HVAC problems, electrical concerns etc. make sure you hire a professional in the field for their expert opinion on the problem. When an inspector is writing up their report they will include all their notes and photos of the home. Many of the items listed on the report are minor with only a few significant issues. Be sure to ask questions and best understand any major issues with the property when talking to the inspector to help you from becoming overwhelmed when viewing the final report.
Buying a home is a very stressful time so having a home inspector you can trust and talk with is very important. There are so many things that your inspector will include on their inspection report to give you a detailed view of everything wrong with the property. Most of the time, majority of these issues are minor but they are still important to pay attention to long term. An inspection report is a great starting point for a checklist of tasks to complete after moving in. Of course any major concerns should be fixed prior to moving in but when you are compiling different areas to work on in your home a great starting point is your home inspection report. When choosing a home inspector make sure you feel comfortable with them to ask questions. You want to be sure you understand everything concerning the home you are having inspected and the best way to do that is by talking with your home inspector about any concerns you have.