Home Inspection FAQs from Real Estate Professionals
You’ve got home inspection questions, and we have the answers backed by 30 years of experience.
When you choose AmeriSpec, we strive to be your trusted inspection partner in every sense — we even have a helpful glossary to reference whether this is your first inspection experience or your tenth. And thanks to more than 30 years of experience, we’ve gotten our share of questions.
What I Need to Know About a Home Inspection as a Real Estate Professional
The cost of a home inspection varies depending on property size, location, age and other property features (like a pool, for instance). When you choose AmeriSpec, your local inspector will present a quote for a home inspection prior to scheduling the inspection.
Investing in a quality, trusted home inspection service now can save your clients money (and headaches) down the road. AmeriSpec inspectors help identify defects and potential safety issues whether your clients are buying or selling a property. Pinpointing potential problems early can help your clients plan accordingly, save money and feel confident in their decision.
It is in your client’s best interest to be present at least towards the end of the inspection. In addition to inspecting the property, it’s also an opportunity for the potential buyer to learn, ask questions and get more familiar with the property. Your client also gets a chance to:
- See the condition of components assessed throughout the property firsthand.
- Ease any concerns about findings, which may seem distressing on paper but are in fact superficial. For example, the inspector might explain that inexpensive lubricant can quiet an alarming appliance noise, that an unsightly column merely needs a coat of paint or that the problem that caused a water spot on the ceiling has already been solved.
- Save time and avoid frustration by learning about the operation of the property. Your client may find out how the heating system works, how to light pilot lights, how to turn on various appliances and components and where to locate shut-offs. The inspector can also point out maintenance needs and procedures, and explain how and when to check items that need periodic monitoring.
- Have questions and concerns about the property addressed by the inspector.
More than 400 items throughout a property receive inspection, including the foundation, roof and structural components, plus the visible electrical, plumbing and mechanical operating systems.
Our inspector’s complete findings get packaged into the comprehensive AmeriSpec Report — a detailed yet easy-to-understand explanation of every aspect of our findings, usually delivered within 24 hours.
Depending on the size, age and condition of the property (and any additional specialty inspection services provided), the process usually takes two to three hours.
No, technically a property cannot “fail” a home inspection. An AmeriSpec inspector rather observes and documents a property’s physical condition, reveals potential issues and indicates items that may need repair or replacement.
Unfortunately, no home or property is in perfect condition. And while your client can purchase a property without an inspection, trained professionals may spot something your client didn’t even consider. AmeriSpec inspectors document areas of the home that aren’t visible in listing photos and walkthroughs — like crawlspaces and attics — where many of the most significant issues can be located. Certified, experienced inspectors are also trained to look for things the average person is not.
New builds can have issues, too. AmeriSpec home inspectors go beyond basic code inspections (which are written with only minimum requirements). During a new construction inspection, our inspectors test and inspect all essential home systems and go from the top of the roof to the basement or crawlspace, and everything in between. Potential problems of newly built homes include:
- Electrical systems, including outlets and wiring
- Poorly supported foundation
- Incomplete or insufficient insulation
- Non-operational HVAC system
- Incorrect plumbing installation
How Realtors Benefit from Partnering with AmeriSpec
AmeriSpec is a nationwide home and commercial inspection service provider with extensively trained and insured inspectors, with a solid reputation backed by millions of satisfied customers. You’ll also access:
- Reliable office support focused on personal one-on-one service — scheduling details are checked and confirmed for you.
- Knowledgeable, experienced inspectors who are patient and take the time to answer any questions that come up during or after the inspection.
- Detailed reporting that is easy to understand and delivered quickly.
All of our inspectors are trained and certified to meet the highest industry standards. AmeriSpec offers the best education in the industry by combining classroom instruction and hands-on technical training in our state-of-the-art facility.
AmeriSpec also takes continuing education seriously. Technical training classes are held throughout the year to educate our franchise owners about new inspection services, new technology and changes in the industry.
AmeriSpec inspectors carry extensive Errors & Omissions and General Liability insurance. We offer agent indemnification to help protect real estate professionals in the event a claim is brought against them solely for recommending AmeriSpec. To qualify for coverage, real estate agents must have a written agreement with AmeriSpec, along with their own Errors & Omissions policy. For additional details on coverage, see your additional insured certificate, or contact your local AmeriSpec inspector.
Yes, we offer multi-property and multi-state support through our Corporate Account program. For both commercial and residential properties, our inspectors customize SOWs for your specific business needs using ASHI® and ASTM® standards. And our centralized management system supports dispatch, scheduling, reporting and invoicing for you.
If you have additional questions about how AmeriSpec can become your go-to property inspection partner, call us at 866-454-0759 or fill out this form.
The AmeriSpec real estate inspection services may not be available everywhere. Please contact your local AmeriSpec office for more details. AmeriSpec services are provided by independently owned and operated franchises. Availability of services may vary depending on location.