Residential & Commercial Inspections Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be present at my inspection?
You are NOT required to attend the home inspection although we highly recommend it. This is your opportunity to learn about the house and ask questions. It is very common for us to point out key features, verbally comment on positive aspects and provide maintenance tips on systems and components.
How long will my inspection take?
The average home inspection generally takes 2.5 to 3 hours. Inspections can be quicker or longer depending on the overall condition, size and age of the property.
How much will my inspection cost?
Pricing varies greatly depending on style of dwelling (Condo/Townhome, Single Family Dwelling, Multi-family or Commercial), age and size of building. Larger buildings take longer to inspect and therefore are more expensive. If you would like a price on your inspection you can call or text us at 1-206-251-3009, message us at m.me/TheNumOneInspector or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does an inspection include?
Roof, Exterior, Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Electrical, Attic, Insulation & Ventilation, Doors, Windows & Interior.
The property looks great. Do I really need an inspection?
Even though a property may look impeccable and well maintained, only a seasoned inspector will have the expertise to identify problem areas that would otherwise be invisible to the untrained eye. The purchase of a residential or commercial property is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. It is extremely important that you learn about the condition and the possible need for any major repairs that can influence your decision. An inspection helps minimize the possibility of unpleasant surprises, unexpected costs and post-purchase headaches.
What if I have questions after the inspection?
What should I NOT expect from my inspection?
As a residential and commercial inspector, we think "Safety" not "Code" and although we have knowledge of current building codes, homes built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with the code for homes built today. We will, however, offer suggestions for improvement.
An inspection is not protection against future failures. Heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing systems are not designed to last forever, so we can provide a general idea of what can be expected from a specific component based on visual observations at time of inspection. Individual systems wear and break down for various reasons. One good idea for protection is the purchase of a Warranty.
Finally, a inspection is not an appraisal. We will not tell you what the house is worth or if you should buy it. We simply give you an unbiased assessment of the property condition to help you make an informed decision.