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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and primary systems of a house by a licensed home inspector. The inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home typically performed in conjunction with your real estate transaction. The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.


Is a home inspection the same as an appraisal?

No, a home inspector determines the condition of a structure, whereas an appraiser determines the value of a property.


What is inspected?

The systems and components inspected are determined by the NC Home Inspection Licensure Board and include the following major categories: structural components, exterior, roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning, interiors, insulation and ventilation, built-in kitchen appliances (some exclusions apply). See NC Standards of Practice for specifics, exclusions, and limitations.


How long does an inspection take?

The length of an inspection generally depends on the age and square footage of the home; the typical inspection takes between 3 and 4 hours.


Do I need to be present for the home inspection?

While not required, we highly recommend you attend the inspection to learn about the home's nuances, systems, etc., and to see for yourself the items that will be included in your inspection report.


How much does a home inspection cost?

The cost of an inspection generally depends on the age and square footage of the home and the additional services (radon testing, wood-destroying insect inspections, water assessments, etc.) provided.


What is a Pre-Inspection Agreement?

A signed Pre-Inspection Agreement is required by law before the home inspection may begin.  A written and signed inspection contract is essential so the client knows, and has agreed to, the scope and limitations of the services to be performed. Please be sure to sign the Pre-Inspection Agreement before the date of the inspection; a copy can be found on this website.


Is it really necessary to perform an inspection for new construction?

Absolutely…it is critical that your newly constructed dwelling be inspected by an experienced professional that looks at the property from a totally unbiased perspective. It is much easier to have items corrected before you close and move in, rather than later.



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