Frequently Asked Question
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an evaluation of the visible and accessible systems and components of a home (plumbing system, roof, etc.) and is intended to give the client (usually a home buyer) an understanding of their condition. It is also important to know what a home inspection is not! It is not an appraisal of the property’s value; nor should you expect it to address the cost of repairs. It does not guarantee that the home complies with building codes (which are subject to periodic change) or protect you in the event an item inspected fails in the future. [Note: warranties can be purchased to cover many items.] No home inspection should be considered a “technically exhaustive” evaluation; rather, it is an evaluation of the property on the day it is inspected, taking into consideration normal wear and tear.
Why do i need a home inspection?
The purchase of a home is probably one of the single, largest investments you will ever make. You should be as informed and educated as much as possible when considering such a purchase. A thorough home inspection can provide a significant portion of that education.
A home inspection lets you know the condition of the property as well as identifies the need for any repairs before you buy, so you can make an informed purchasing decision. A home inspection also informs the buyer of the positive aspects of the home, as well as any maintenance that may be recommended to keep the house in good shape, with the major systems operating smoothly. After the inspection you will have a much better understanding of the property you intend to purchase.
A home inspection is also valuable to homeowners for identifying any potential problems that may need tending to, as well as for learning preventive maintenance measures to help avoid any costly, future repairs. If you intend to put your house on the market, a home inspection could identify items that might be called out on a buyer’s inspection. Getting your own inspection done ahead of time allows you to be proactive in making repairs, thereby putting your house in a more saleable position.
How much does an inspection cost?
The price of the inspection varies based on the square footage, age and location of the property. Larger and older homes take longer to inspect, hence the fees for these homes are greater than those for a smaller home. However, don’t let the price of the inspection determine whether or not you get a home inspection or the selection of your home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain.
How long will the inspection take?
Inspection times vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home, however, most Inspections are completed in about three to four hours.
Can I do the inspection myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds, perhaps thousands, of homes in his or her career. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. He or she understands how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
NO. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need major repair or replacement.
When do I call a home inspector?
You generally have between seven and fourteen days after you sign the contract to get a home inspection. We would advise you to call us as soon as you sign a contract on the prospective home. This will ensure that you can get the inspection done at a time that’s most convenient for you.
When you’re ready to schedule your inspection just, give us a contact us to schedule your inspection and answer any questions you might have.
Do I have to be at the inspection?
Whenever possible, you should be present. The inspector can review with you the results of the inspection and point out any problems found. Usually the inspection of the home can be completed in two to three hours (the time can vary depending upon the size and age of the dwelling). The home inspection report is your property. The home inspector may only give it to you and may not share it with other persons without your permission.
What if the report reveals a problem?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or make repairs if major problems are found. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be very important to you.
What to expect from Tennessee Inspection Services, LLC
A comprehensive, impartial inspection conducted by an inspector that is Tennessee State Certified and a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. (InterNACHI)
Computerized inspection report with digital pictures
24/7 online access to your report with username and password
Convenient appointments to fit your schedule, including weekends and evenings
We are fully licensed and insured with general liability and professional liability (aka errors & omissions insurance).
What is InterNACHI?
Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. InterNACHI is the world’s largest organization of residential and commercial property inspectors. InterNACHI members follow a comprehensive Standards of Practice and are bound by a strict Code of Ethics. The membership takes part in the regular exchange of professional experiences and ideas to support each other. InterNACHI maintains an industry blog,Inspection Forum, and local Chapters in support of this exchange of information. InterNACHI provides its members with other means of direct and membership-wide communication to further their understanding of their particular roles in the inspection industry and how best to serve their clients. The benefits of this cross-communication enhance the members’ ability to build their businesses and develop specialized ancillary services.
In fulfilling this fundamental objective of training and mentoring its inspector-members, InterNACHI’s broader mission is to educate homeowners by helping them understand the functions, materials, systems and components of their properties. InterNACHI inspectors are committed to providing consistent, accessible and trusted information to their clients about their properties’ condition.