Frequently asked questions

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What should I expect from the home inspection?

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A home inspection will review the accessible and visible condition of the home from the foundation to the roof, which includes the following systems and areas: structural, roofing, exterior of home, electrical, heating, cooling/air conditioning (temperature permitting), plumbing, interior of home, permanently installed kitchen appliances, and fireplace hearth.

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What should I NOT expect from the home inspection?

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A home inspection is not protection against future failures, stuff happens. Components like air conditioners and heating systems can and will break down. A home inspection tells you the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected. For protection from future failure you may want to consider a home warranty. A home inspection is not an appraisal that determines the value of a home, nor will a home inspector tell you if you should buy this home or what to pay for this home. A home inspection is not a code inspection, which verifies local building code compliance. Homes built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with the code for homes built today. Home inspectors will report findings when it comes to safety concerns that may be in the current code such as ungrounded outlets above sinks.

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Do I need to be at the inspection?

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It’s not required that you be present for the inspection, but I highly recommend it. You will be able to observe me and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

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Can a house fail an inspection?

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No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house, not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. Which means a home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition at the time of the inspection and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.

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What is InterNACHI?

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The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) is a non-profit inspection association. It was founded in 1990 by Nick Gromicko and is based out of Boulder, CO. My home buying and selling clients enjoy the professionalism only InterNACHI Certified Inspectors can provide.
I must renew my certification with InterNACHI annually by completing a battery of examinations on subjects ranging from the technical aspects of home inspections, to ethics training.  Additionally, as a Certified InterNACHI Inspector, I must complete a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education annually. 

Unlike other home inspection associations, InterNACHI front-ends many of its Membership Requirements and requires that its members take many others soon after joining.  In other words, all of our members must fulfill membership requirements before they can apply for membership. Other associations have little or no entrance requirements. For more information about InterNACHI  CLICK HERE