Home Inspector FAQ’s
Why do I need a home inspection?
A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house before you buy. Our number one goal is to make sure the home you are moving into is safe. Our report will also advise you on what maintenance is recommended to keep your home in top condition. A home inspection from a House to Home Inspector will give you a clearer picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, a listing inspection will point out adverse conditions that might be uncovered later by the buyers inspector. Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.
What if the inspection uncovers problems/adverse conditions?
Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including recommended repairs. No house will be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any adverse conditions found in the inspection might affect your decision to purchase. If adverse conditions are found, discuss the conditions with your real estate agent and/or attorney to help determine a course of action. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about adverse conditions, before you buy, gives you the opportunity to make informed decisions and take appropriate actions.
What do you inspect?
Our standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures. We also report items which are near the end of their service life
Why can’t I do the inspection myself?
Chances are that even if you are very familiar with home construction, you still don’t have the knowledge, training, and experience of a Licensed Home Inspector. We have inspected thousands of homes. We are not only familiar with all the systems of a home, and how they work and need to be maintained, but we also know what to look for to tell us that they are getting ready to fail. But beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party. If you are involved in buying or selling a house, its impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may cloud your judgment. Our Home inspectors will provide an objective outside reporting of the building conditions.
Will you get on the roof?
YES, We do! Many home inspectors only inspect from the ground with binoculars. All of our inspectors are required to get on the roof (unless it’s dangerous; from snowy or wet conditions). We carry big extension ladders on our trucks for inspecting two-story roofs. A lot of duplexes in Milwaukee have roofs that can only be accessed this way.
Everything is covered in snow. Can you still inspect the house?
Yes, we can still inspect the house, but there will obviously be a few limitations, the largest being the roof covering. When roof coverings are buried in snow, they can’t be inspected. It’s a lot more work for us to inspect houses when there’s a lot of snow on the ground, but it’s OK. We don’t charge any more for the inspection when we have to trudge through the snow.
How much do you charge?
For home inspections, our price is based on the size of the home being inspected, as well as the age. Please call for a free quote. But remember, a home inspection is NOT a commodity. A low priced inspection is probably a bad bargain. Fees vary widely based on what the inspector delivers, how much time is spent on the job, and the experience and credentials of the inspector. The inspection fee is a very small part of your home purchase expense and pays for a service that is dedicated exclusively for YOUR benefit. Skimping on an inspection can lead to big disappointments.
How much time does a home inspection take?
On average, between 2 1/2 to 3 hours. We typically spend another one to three hours typing each report off-site.
When are you available?
Since we work as a team, we are usually able to get your inspection scheduled within 72 hours if necessary. We schedule 7 days a week and have time slots at 9 am 1 pm and 5 pm (seasonally). To get the best availability for all involved, it’s best to book about a week out. For the fastest scheduling, please call our main office number @ 414-573-4663 or schedule here online!
Do you inspect commercial buildings?
Yes. We offer inspections of office buildings, restaurants, churches, apartment buildings, warehouses, and other commercial buildings.
Are you fully trained and licensed?
Yes, we are! All of our inspectors have been professionally trained by ATI Home Inspector Training and are also members of the All American Association of Home Inspectors.
I’m getting an FHA loan. Can you do the FHA inspection?
Yes, we can!
The furnace is really old. Should I hire a furnace guy to look at it?
We typically don’t recommend hiring any other inspections right from the start; isn’t that what you’re hiring us to do? If we find a crack in the heat exchanger of a furnace, we’ll tell you to replace it; we won’t tell you to hire someone else to look at it. If we suspect a crack but we can’t prove it, we’ll recommend a leak seek test by an HVAC contractor, but we’ll be specific about our concern, and we’ll write it out in our report. We’ll also include a photo if we can.
As you read through our inspection report, you’ll see that we don’t leave you with a silly ‘CYA’ list of a dozen recommendations for ‘further evaluation.’ Again, isn’t that what you’re hiring us to do? There are certainly some situations where we might recommend further evaluation of a specific condition, but we don’t make those recommendations lightly. We appreciate the fact that these inspections cost a lot of time and money, so we only make those recommendations when we need to.
Does a new construction home need an inspection?
Absolutely. A pre-purchase inspection of a new home is important. It is better to identify adverse conditions early, while they are still easy to correct.
Should I test for mold?
No, unless you have a very compelling reason to do so.
Can I be there for the inspection?
Definitely. We encourage our clients to attend the entire inspection, if possible.
What time should I meet you?
See above. We’d love to have you there for the entire inspection if you have the time.
When will I receive the home inspection report?
We’ll email a link to the inspection report either later the same day or very early the next morning.
Why don’t you provide your inspection reports on-site?
It takes us a long time to type up our reports. We don’t produce generic check-box reports with three-ring binders; we actually sit down at the computer and take the time to write out our reports in plain English. We’ll often spend more time writing the report that we do inspecting the house. We provide a lot of detail in our reports, and we try to write them for you the same way we would for a friend or family member. After you read one of our inspection reports, we think you’ll understand why we don’t produce the reports on site.
Can my dad come to the inspection?
Sure, can! Bring Mom too!