At INW Home Inspection, I do my best to answer all of your questions. Below you will find a list of what I believe are the most frequently asked questions. If you have any questions that have not been answered below, do not hesistate to contact me.
A typical inspection should take 2 to 3 hours to complete onsite. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on. The detailed report will follow within 24 hours.
I inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. My goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase.
As we reside in Washington state, the scope of an inspection is governed by the Washington state standards of practice. You can find the total scope of what is covered in the following link.
My typical fee for an inspection is $350 for an average Spokane area house. However, some factors will affect the fee. I offer discounts for military service, and the first time home buyer. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the deciding factor unless the level of service offered is identical. Remember, you are considering a major purchase and your choice of home inspector should be based on getting the best value, not just the best price.
- A complete onsite home inspection conducted by an experienced professional.
- A comprehensive written home inspection report delivered within 24 hours.
- Technical support for as long as you own your home.
- A digital copy of The Home Reference Book, the encyclopedia of homes, by Carson Dunlop.
You can, but do not have to take notes during the inspection. I will document everything in a written report. I also encourage you to follow the me through, listening to my comments to make sure you understand. Feel free to stop me at any time and ask questions! You are the customer, and your education is the best way to spend our time together.
Absolutely! Bring any questions that you have regarding the home. Feel free to stop me and ask questions as we go. If my comments or explanations are not clear to you, I encourage you to ask for clarification.
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly a couple hours walking through the home. You will not have to climb on the roof or go into the attic unless you want too. That's my job.
You do receive a written report. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things we cover during a home inspection. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. It is delivered within 24 hours after the inspection.
No. My goal is to provide an unbiased third-party opinion and report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is of high importance, but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play for your decision. Your real estate professional can help you as well.
A home inspection is a professional, educated opinion based on less-than-complete information. Think of it as a snap shot of the condtion at this point in time. It is a little like getting a check-up from your doctor. It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty. Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house; they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls do not leak when you simply turn on the shower, but leak after repeated use of the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist, as in wind gusts from the west. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved, or finishes are removed. As such, I cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house. Home warranty programs are available, and I would be happy to help you contact a warranty company.
I am a graduate of the ATI Home Inspection Training Program. At the program, it was commented on my excellent communication skills, calm demeanor, and hands-on experience. My knowledge and experience from this program builds on my more than 27 years in the construction industry. I keep my skills up to date with many hours of continuing education across the entire United States.
I am a member of All-American Association of Home Inspectors, and I have attained an FAA rating for the 4K Drone. I am a Washington state licensed home inspector, journeyman electrician, and electrical inspector.
I am ready to serve you quickly, typically within 24 hours. I ask, however, if an inspection is needed immediatly, please contact me directly. Everyone has a life in the real world. I will try my best to make this happen for you!