Home Inspection Preview
Thank you again for selecting Call2Inspect for your home inspection.
Here’s more information about the inspection process and what you can expect.
Purpose and Scope of a Home Inspection
- The inspection is a visual examination of the safely and readily accessible portions of the structural, heating, cooling, plumbing, roofing, electrical and permanently attached kitchen appliance systems and components of the Subject Property for conditions which are adversely affecting their normally intended function or operation.
- Your inspector will follow the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Standards of Practice, a copy of which can be viewed by clicking here.
- We’re typically allowed about 3 hours for an inspection. Given this time limitation, your inspector will concentrate on the major systems and items that would cost $1,000 or more to correct. Cosmetics are not part of the inspection.
Your Attendance at the Inspection
- Plan to arrive about 2 hours after the scheduled inspection time for a house, or 1 hour after for a condo. This will allow the inspector to get a good head start and be in a better position to answer questions once you arrive.
- If you plan to attend the inspection from the start, please keep in mind the inspector has a set routine and he’ll be working diligently to give you as much information as possible during a short amount of time. Please try not to distract him away from the item he is working on. But don’t worry. In addition to documenting all findings in your report, your inspector will also do a verbal summary with you and your Realtor at the end of the inspection.
- Please do not bring kids, extra family members, friends, pets, contractors, or others with you. They will distract the inspector and increase the potential for miscommunication between the inspector and you.
- Expect to find some components that need attention. Don’t be discouraged. We’ve never inspected a home that was perfect. Remember, the purpose of the inspection is to look for potentially costly problems with the major systems in the home.
Tips for Inspection Success
- Please also do your own careful walk-through of the home, looking through the lens of what is important to you. If you see something of concern that was not addressed by your inspector, please tell him.
- Often items are hidden from view, either coincidentally or intentionally. Floor and wall coverings, decorations, and personal possessions can conceal adverse conditions. As needed, ask the seller to move or remove items, then re-inspect. Ask your Realtor about a pre-closing walkthrough.
- Your inspector will not have any contact with the seller or occupant of the home. Please ask the seller about previous problems, repairs, or modifications. Read any disclosures provided. It is always a good idea to ask the seller the history of any moisture in the basement or crawlspace and any roof leaks.
- Your inspection report will be emailed to you within 24 hours after the inspection. Please open it and read all of the pages.
- If you’d like the seller to fix something, please consult with your Realtor.
Rescheduling, Weather, etc.
- Reschedule – It is best if the inspection can be done at the originally-scheduled time. An inspection involves a half-dozen or more people and it is difficult to make changes. You, your spouse, your Realtor, the sellers, their Realtor, the inspector, the radon technician, and the sewer scope technician would all need to make adjustments.
If you must reschedule or cancel, please call us immediately. Your inspector has reserved 1/2-day of his time for you and a last-minute cancellation will likely result in him being out of work that day. There is a $100 fee if the inspection is cancelled or rescheduled within 24 hours of the appointed time.
- Utilities – Please have your Realtor confirm that the property will be accessible and that utilities (water, electric, gas) are on so we can check plumbing fixtures, appliances, and the like. There is a $150 fee for your inspector to return to the property if utilities are not on or if the home cannot be inspected at the appointed time for some reason.
- Radon – The radon test fee includes one trip to the home by our radon technician. If the inspection or radon test is rescheduled or cancelled after the technician has placed the test equipment, there will be a $50 trip fee. If the radon technician cannot access the home on the first trip, there will be a $50 return trip fee (key not in lockbox, wrong lockbox code, loose dog, seller not home at the agreed-to time to open the door, etc.).
- Snow – Our policy is to not reschedule in the event of snow. In all but the most extreme cases, your inspector can travel at the appointed time. Given your purchase contract deadline, it is best to do the inspection as scheduled because it is not known when snow will clear or when it might snow again. Some items may not be able to be inspected like roofs, driveways, and decks. After the snow has cleared the roof you may wish to contact a trusted roofer for an inspection and roof certification.
- Verification of repairs made – Your inspector is available to return to the property to verify that agreed-upon repairs have been made by the seller. The fee is $150.
VIP Client Benefits
Every client is a Very Important Person (VIP) at Call2Inspect. Here are some VIP benefits you can take advantage of:
- One-on-one Service – Remember “the good old days” when you visited your doctor and he or she spent quality time with you, made eye contact, listened to your every word, and made you feel as if you were his or her only patient that day? That type of back-to-basics service is what we strive to deliver at Call2Inspect. Our inspectors have a wealth of knowledge about homes and are committed to giving you the best service possible. So during your inspection, please take advantage of your one-on-one time with your inspector and feel free to ask questions about the home or the inspection findings.
- Tech Support Page – After the inspection you may have a question about the inspector’s findings, a building code, or maybe you need a cost estimate. As a VIP client you have free access to our Tech Support page. You’ll find answers to commonly asked technical questions and other great information for homeowners. Click here
- Tech Support Hotline – If you can’t find your answer at our Tech Support page, then try our Tech Support Hotline at 303-300-0800. We’ll try to get your question answered right away so you can move forward with your transaction.
- BuildFAX Report – BuildFax Property History Reports provide prospective homeowners insight into permitted home improvements and renovations not found in property tax records. Building permit details document the condition of a property, bring to light potentially imminent major expenditures, and identify possible issues early on, such as open permits or unpermitted work.
For a limited time, we’re offering BuildFAX reports free of charge to our clients. This is a $20 value. To order your BuildFAX report, simply click here.
- Home Maintenance Guide – If you or your Realtor attend the inspection, your inspector will give you a Home Operating and Maintenance Guide book. It will help you learn how your home works, how to maintain it, and how to save energy. Packed with color illustrations and 96 pages long, it is a great resource for new and veteran homeowners alike. After reading through it, you’ll know more about homes than 90% of all homeowners!
- Home Maintenance Newsletter – If you’d like to receive our monthly home maintenance newsletter, simply click here.
- Satisfaction Guarantee – If you like our service, we hope you’ll let your Realtor and your friends know. Referrals from our clients are an important source of business for us.
If you are not completely satisfied with our service, please email us with a note describing why you are disappointed. We’ll try to make things right to your satisfaction. If we can’t, we will issue a full refund or credit your charge card. Requests must be made within 7 days of the date of the home inspection.
Thanks so much for the opportunity to work with you. We’ll see you at your inspection.