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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a Home Inspection?
Wikipedia.com defines a "Home Inspection" as a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. 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.

Basically, a house is an assortment of individual "systems" (e.g. electrical, structural, heating, plumbing, etc.) that are working together.  Building materials and system components have changed and evolved as technology and techniques have developed.  What may have been "typical" when a home was built, is most likely no longer the construction industry's standard.  Depending on the age of the house, the life expectancy of some of these systems may be coming to or have come to an end.
 
 
Why do I need a Home Inspection?
Not only can a home's systems fail due to age or lack of proper maintenance,  they can be modified or replaced, they can be abused as well; and if some of the modifications were done incorrectly, they can create hazardous situations.  These situations along with possible damage due to environmental (e.g.weather, foliage)  or biological exposure (e.g. animal and insect) can create unsafe living conditions and/or harm to your investment.
 
 
Do I need to be present during the inspection?
We would strongly encourage you to be present during the inspection, not only so you can learn about the condition of the property, but you will also be able to ask questions as we proceed through inspection .
 
 
How long will my Home Inspection take?
We are often asked this question!

The State of Washington has determined the items Home Inspectors are required to inspect.  The list of the State-mandated requirements is contained in the Washington State Standards of Practice.  While we are often commended by our customers for our thorough inspections, our inspections merely cover the State's requirements.
We only schedule one inspection per day, as opposed to scheduling multiple inspections each day, so that there is sufficient time available to properly inspect your home and answer any questions you may have.  The average, on-site inspection time for a single-family home of 2,000 square feet is 4 to 5 hours.  Your report will be delivered to you via email within 24 hours.  (If you pay by check, you will not receive your report until the check clears.)
 
 
What do I need to do before my inspection?
  • If possible, be present during the inspection.
  • Make sure all of the property's utilities are "on," so that the systems can be tested.
  • All major, system components (e.g. furnace, electrical panels (main and sub), water heater, etc.) need to have an unobstructed path to allow access for inspection.
  • Read the Washington State Standards of Practice, so you will know what to expect during your inspection.
 
 
How much will my Home Inspection cost?
We are not the least expensive, nor are we the most expensive.  But we strive to provide our customers with a comprehensive inspection of their property.  

      <  1,500 Square Feet - $350*/$375* 
      < 2,200 Square Feet - $375*/$400*
      < 3,000 Square Feet - $425*/$450*
      < 4,000 Square Feet$475*/$500*
      > 4,000 Square Feet - Please Contact For Pricing

Cash Price /Other Forms of Payment Price
 
* Extra systems (e.g. multiple heating/cooling sources) and/or extra structures (e.g. guest house, "Mother-in-Law" house, detached garage/shop, etc.) may be an additional cost.

** Payment is due at the time of Inspection


How much will my Structural Pest Inspection cost?
                  < 1,500 Square Feet - $200*/$225* 
      < 2,200 Square Feet - $225*/$250*
      < 3,000 Square Feet - $275*/$300*
      < 4,000 Square Feet - $325*/$350*
      > 4,000 Square Feet - Please Contact For Pricing

Cash Price /Other Forms of Payment Price

* Extra systems (e.g. multiple heating/cooling sources) and/or extra structures (e.g. guest house, "Mother-in-Law" house, detached garage/shop, etc.) may be an additional cost.

** Payment is due at the time of Inspection


Home Inspection/Structural Pest Inspection Combo
(Home and Pest Inspections completed at same time)

        <  1,500 Square Feet - $400*/$425*
        < 2,200 Square Feet - $425*/$450*
        < 3,000 Square Feet - $475*/$500*
        < 4,000 Square Feet - $525*/$550*
        > 4,000 Square Feet - Please Contact For Pricing
       



Cash Price / Other Forms of Payment Price
 
* Extra systems (e.g. multiple heating/cooling sources) and/or extra structures (e.g. guest house, "Mother-in-Law" house, detached garage/shop, etc.) may be an additional cost.

** Payment is due at the time of Inspection


How much will a Condominium Inspection cost?
Interior inspections begin at $200 / $225.  Please call for pricing.
Cash Price / Other Forms of Payment Price


How much will a Major-Systems Inspection cost?
Inspections begin at $25o$275.  Please call for pricing.
Cash Price / Other Forms of Payment Price


What forms of payment do you accept? 
         - Cash
         - Check **
         - Debit / Credit

 **(If you pay by check, you will not receive your report until the check clears.)

 


 
Do you belong to professional associations such as ASHI or NACHI?
No.  When the Home Inspection industry began, most states had no established Standards of Practice for Home Inspectors.  Associations such as ASHI provided Standards of Practice for the inspector to follow which gave the home-buyer confidence in the inspection.  The Washington State Department of Licensing has established very stringent Standards of Practice for all Washington Home Inspectors.  These Standards of Practice meet or exceed those of ASHI, NACHI, and other professional associations.
 
 
 

 
 
 
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