Index of Questions
- What is a home inspection?
- Why do I need a home inspection?
- What is covered in a home inspection?
- When should I call a home inspector?
- How long do I have to wait for my report?
- Why should I have a home inspection before putting my house on the market?
- Do I need to be at the inspection?
- What is a "Clerk of the Works"?
- I'm buying a brand new house. Do I still need to have it inspected?
- I'm buying an older home. How can I be assured it's in good condition?
- Why do I need a radon inspection?
- How do I know if the well on a property is good?
- Is a septic test required?
- What is ASHI?
- My neighbor is a building contractor. Can't I just have him do the inspection?
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Frequently Asked Questions
A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and mechanical systems of the home.
Before buying a house or even selling a house, it’s helpful to have a home inspection to learn what issues may exist.
With Sound Home Inspection's state-of-the-art inspection report generator, your report can be emailed to you before the inspector even leaves the site.
To help speed the selling process, a home inspector will tell you of any issues that may jeopardize the sale, allowing you to proactively fix them.
While not required, it's advisable to be at the inspection so the home inspector can alert you of any issues and answer any questions you may have.
A home inspector can act as a Clerk of the Works, an impartial overseer of a construction job, to ensure the project is held to strict standards.
Since no newly-constructed house is built perfectly, a good home inspector can alert you of any flaws and save you potentially costly future damage or maintenance problems.
A home inspector who is experienced with antique homes will be able to tell you exactly what condition the home's structure and systems are in.
A home inspector can perform a radon inspection to alert you of large amounts of hazardous radon gas that may be present.
While not required, a home inspector can run a septic test to see how well the septic system has been maintained, potentially saving you from costly repairs.
A licensed, certified home inspector is trained to recognize and evaluate issues in a completed property. An ASHI-certified home inspector has studied a variety of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural systems used throughout the years, thus has knowledge and familiarity that most building contractors don't need or have.