1. What does your inspection cover?
Our inspection and inspection report meets all applicable requirements in Washington and complies with the InterNACHI standard of practice and code of ethics. If there are any areas you want to make sure are inspected, be sure to identify them upfront.
2. How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many inspections have you completed?
Although I am newer to the home inspection business I have been doing insurance and building code compliance inspections for many years. I have engineering and construction experience that many home inspectors do not have. See my profile under "About Us" for more detail.
3. Are you specifically experienced in residential inspection?
Yes, I have taken the Home Inspection courses and examination required by the State of Washington for licensure. I am also a licensed Structural Pest Inspector for the state of Washington. I am continually updating my skills by taking continuing education classes.
4. Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
No, I do not do repairs. However, I can recommend some trusted contractors who I have vetted. I do not receive monies from any company that I recommend. Usually I will try to recommend several to you.
5. How long will the inspection take?
The average on-site inspection time for me is two to three hours for a typical single-family house; anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection. Additional inspectors may be brought in for very large properties and buildings.
6. How much will it cost?
Costs vary dramatically, depending on the region, size and age of the house, scope of services and other factors. A typical range might be $300-$500, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Cost does not necessarily reflect quality.
7. What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?
I will have a sample report available soon on the web so that you may examine the type of report I do. I have your report ready for you within 24 hours of the inspection. I will go over some of the details with you at the time of inspection.
8. Will I be able to attend the inspection?
Yes, in fact, I encourage it. There are many things I can show you about your new home. However, I do ask that you not follow me up on the roof or under the house.
9. Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association?
Yes, I am a member of InterNACHI (International Society of Certified Home Inspectors) and ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors).
10. Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up to date?
I am required to take 24 hours annually of continuing education courses. However, I take many more courses than are required. I enjoy continually learning about new construction methods, products, and new things in the inspection world.