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What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an integrated process of observation and report writing where definite procedures exist for inspecting and reporting the general condition of each system and component of a home.

Who is a home inspector?

The home inspector is a generalist armed with knowledge that encompasses all systems and components of a home. Their knowledge incorporates an understanding of each system of the home and how all available systems in the home work together to provide a functional and safe living environment.

Why do I need a home inspection?

You need a home inspection anytime you want to have a better understanding of the general condition of a home.  Typically this is before you purchase a new home or sell your existing home. Other situations would be:  after a storm, annually to properly care and maintain your home, or if you just want a second opinion.  

Do you do repairs or recommend contractors?

No, I am a licensed home inspector and not in the contracting or construction field. My job is to identify any possible problems or concerns and give advice. I do however recommend the home buyer hire only licensed and insured contractors.

Will I get a written report?

Yes, a comprehensive written inspection report in digital format will be available, typically within 24 hours upon the completion of the inspection.  

In the event I have concerns prior to closing, can I contact the inspector?

Yes, I can be reached by phone, text or email between 8am and 6pm, Monday-Saturday to discuss inspection findings.  For information regarding the negotiability of any item in the inspection report under the real estate purchase contract, contact your North Carolina real estate agent or an attorney.

How long will an inspection take?

A typical inspection takes 3 to 4 hours, but depending on size, age, and methods of construction, it can take bit longer.

What happens if the home fails the inspection?

A home cannot "fail" an inspection.  A home inspection report is simply for your knowledge.   It provides you with some basic information about the home such as building methods and materials as well as systems or components that are damaged, defective, inoperable, or in need of further evaluation by a licensed professional (i.e. plumber, electrician, HVAC contractor, general contractor).   Some homes may have more items to report on, but they do not "fail."

What is radon?

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.  You cannot see, smell, or taste radon, but it still may be a problem in your home.  When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer.  In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.  If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

Isn't radon testing difficult, time consuming, and expensive?

Radon testing is easy.  You can test your home yourself or hire me to do it for you.  Either approach takes only a small amount of time and effort.

If a home has high levels of radon, can it be fixed?

Yes, there are simple solutions to radon problems in homes.  Hundreds of thousands of homeowners have already fixed radon problems in their homes.  Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs; check with one or more qualified mitigators.  Contact your state radon office (www.epa.gov/radon/whereyoulive.html) for help in identifying qualified mitigation contractors.

If my neighbor's house tested low, doesn't that mean mine will too?

No, it does not.  Radon levels can vary greatly from home to home.  The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.