Frequently Asked Questions
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What is a home inspection?
A home inspection helps you to learn about the home you are buying, gives you confidence to address potential concerns, and delivers peace of mind about your new investment. A home inspection is an objective review of the visible and readily accessible condition of a property at the time of the inspection, with a focus on critical systems: Exterior, Roof, Structure, Water Control Systems, Insulation and Ventilation, Interior, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Fuel Services, Appliances and Environmental Systems. If we identify issues, we provide you with specific recommendations and next steps.
How long does a home inspection take?
A typical home inspection takes about two to three hours for a single-family home. Townhomes and condos take less time. We factor in the size and age of the house; larger, older and more complex houses take more time.
Do I need to attend the inspection?
We recommend that you join us for at least the last half hour. If you cannot join our inspector on site, our digital inspection report provides summary, specific findings, identification of potential issues, recommendations, and high-resolution photographs. We are available via e-mail or phone after the inspection to answer any questions.
You are welcome to attend the entire inspection. We will show you the various components and systems of the property, as well as how to maintain them.
What should I expect if I attend the inspection?
When we arrive to the home, two qualified inspectors will greet you. We will begin the inspection by taking pictures of the outside of the home, inspecting the roof, exterior components and walls, site grading and drainage, outside air conditioning unit, electrical service and water service. We then move to the inside and complete an inspection of all interior, accessible components and systems. We will provide you with a verbal report of major findings, shortly followed by a written, detailed report.
Why do you use moisture meters and thermal imaging/infrared cameras?
The human eye cannot detect temperature differences. Thermal imaging helps us identify roof leaks, plumbing leaks, water intrusion, overloaded circuits and poor or missing insulation. We use thermal imaging/infrared on every inspection at no extra charge.
What is included in the home inspection report?
Our report is an easy to read document with a summary page so you can quickly identify important items. The report gives you a comprehensive understanding of the visible condition of the property, as well as recommendations and next steps. Our report includes high-resolution color photos, and is sent to you via email.
What does a home inspection cost?
Cost varies due to location, size and age. Most home inspections cost between $300 and $500, but many inspections fall outside of that range because of the size of the home.
Should utilities be on for the inspection?
Yes. If the utilities (electric, water, gas) are not on, the inspection will be limited. We can still inspect the house, but will need to return when the utilities are turned on.
Is a home inspection a code inspection?
A home inspection is not a code inspection. The home inspection is an introduction to the house and is focused on informing and educating you about the property. A code inspection is conducted from the perspective of the local municipality and focuses on compliance with local and state codes. We are aware of local codes and modern building practices, but the scope of a home inspection is targeted more at providing an informative, detailed and objective evaluation of the house.
What type of insurance does Metro Engineering & Inspections have?
We carry errors and omissions insurance (E&O) as well as general liability (GL) insurance. We also participate in InterNachi’s ‘Buy Back’ program (click here to learn more).
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