Frequently asked questions regarding Home Inspections.
How Long Does a Home Inspection Take?
There are many factors that determine how long a home inspection can last, ranging from size of the house to how it was built. For example, a house on a crawlspace is going to take longer to complete than a house on a slab. Generally, it is said to take a minimum an hour for small 1000 sqft condo to upto 4 hours for 5000 sqft house.
Should I Attend The Inspection?
We encourage all of our clients to attend the home inspection. When the inspector is done looking at the home, they will review what was found with pictures, and this is a great time to ask any questions you may have. It also let's you see what condition the home was in on the day of the inspection. It's a good way to stay on the same page as the inspector to avoid any confusion.
This is also your oppurtunity to check carefully the house or take meausement of wondows etc, while you are waiting hours for inspection to finish.
When My Report Will Be Available?
Home inspection reports are usually made available to you within 24 hours of the inspection. Reports for Radon and Mold test are Lab dependent and are made available to you as soon as we receive it, usually 2 to 7 days after the inspection.
Should I test for lead in my home?
Lead in your home can cause serious health and behavioral issues in children especially those who are under 6 years of age. Pregnant woman can also be affected since lead can cause developmental problems in the fetus. If your home was built prior to 1978 and/or your home is located in an area that has a high volume of traffic such as a highway or other roadways and you're pregnant and/or have children, you should seriously consider having your home tested for the presence of lead.
Should my home be tested for mold?
Yes! Simply put; mold can cause health problems. The types and severity of symptoms depend, in part, on the types of mold present, the extent of an individual's exposure, the ages of the individuals and their existing sensitivities or allergies. If you have allergies such as sneezing, coughing or itchy eyes, testing for mold in your home may determine if what you are experiencing is related to mold exposure. When moisture problems occur and mold growth results, building occupants may begin to report odors and a variety of health problems, such as headaches, breathing difficulties, skin irritation, allergic reactions and aggravation of asthma symptoms; all of these symptoms could potentially be associated with mold exposure. Mold testing in your residence will detect the types of molds, levels and allergic potential effects. A certificate of mold analysis will be issued from a certified environmental lab upon completion, with detailed steps on how to prevent future mold. A home inspection can't always expose conditions of mold unless it's found in a visible area. This is not often the case. BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY!