What to Expect When We’re Inspecting
WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
A home inspection is an overall visual and operational examination of the home and property.
The inspection includes observation of structural components (such as the roof, foundation, basement, exterior and interior walls, chimney, doors and windows), appliance functions, and the operation of any plumbing, heating/air conditioning and electrical systems.
WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION?
As soon as you become serious about purchasing a particular home, you should consider having it professionally inspected. The purchase agreement for the property should include a protective clause giving you the right to have a home inspection company conduct a complete general home inspection.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT HOME INSPECTOR?
The following is a list of questions to ask candidates when selecting a qualified local home inspection service to conduct a thorough inspection of your home.
- What will be inspected? A thorough inspection covers approximately 400 items in various categories around the home.
- What will I receive with the inspection report? The AmeriSpec Report features a comprehensive 400-point visual evaluation of the home, a 192-page Home Repair Manual, a helpful Seasonal Maintenance Checklist, and savings on a variety of home-related services from our ServiceMaster® Family of Brands partner companies.
- Do you follow industry standards? Since many states do not require formal licensing for home inspectors, reputable companies instead adhere to state-specific guidelines or the rigid standards of practice as set forth by the highest industry standards.
- How much will the home inspection cost? This fee can vary based on region, the home’s size and age, additional services, etc. Please be sure to ask what factors will affect the price.
- How much time will the inspection take? The process usually takes two to three hours depending on the home’s size, age, condition, and additional services provided.
- May I attend the inspection? You have the right to be there; in fact, confident home inspection companies will encourage your presence. Attending the inspection will help you better understand the findings in the report and will reduce post-closing hassles.
- Do you provide an inspection agreement and clearly explain what defines the scope of the inspection? AmeriSpec will provide you with an inspection agreement prior to the inspection.
- Do you carry insurance? All AmeriSpec franchise owners are required to carry Errors and Omissions insurance and General Liability insurance.
- Do you offer other home inspection services? AmeriSpec is an all-inclusive home inspection service company. We provide testing for radon, septic, water quality, carbon monoxide, pools, spas, pest inspections and many other services. Check with your local office for details on local service offerings.
- Are you willing to supply a sample report? Qualified inspection companies like AmeriSpec will provide a sample report to prove compliance with industry standards. Most reports can be seen on the inspector’s website.
- When will the report be ready? Most AmeriSpec offices can prepare a report within 48 hours of the inspection, and some even have the ability to print the report onsite.
- Are you a full-time inspection company? AmeriSpec offices operate on a full-time schedule and are thus able to schedule inspections five, six and sometimes even seven days a week.
- Do you provide a satisfaction guarantee? If you are not completely satisfied with your AmeriSpec inspection, please contact your local AmeriSpec office. Our AmeriSpec offices work very hard to ensure your satisfaction.
When you have received answers to the above questions from several different companies, take your time to compare them. Are the sample reports thorough, objective, easy to understand? How do the fees compare? (Remember, you usually get what you pay for.)
The AmeriSpec Commitment to Excellence
- To use only professional inspectors who meet the standards of the AmeriSpec Academy and have received extensive technical training
- To accurately report the serviceability of the house as to structure, roof, heat and air conditioning, built-in appliances, electrical and plumbing systems
- To provide The AmeriSpec Report to the client
- To never offer an opinion as to the advisability or inadvisability of the purchase of the property
- To service any and all clients in the same professional manner, whether they are buyers, sellers, real estate professionals, lenders, appraisers, title companies, attorneys or warranty companies
The Amerispec Personal Commitment to Service
If we fail to perform our professional services in a manner consistent with this commitment, please let us know. We will work very hard to ensure your satisfaction.