FAQs

Here’s some quick info for those that don’t get inspections everyday.
What areas do you service?

Primarily eastern Iowa counties of Muscatine, Scott, Louisa, Johnson, Cedar, Washington, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Linn, Jones, Jackson and Clinton but can serve anywhere in Iowa.

Do I need to be at the inspection

Generally, it’s best for for a prospective buyer or homeowner to be present for the inspection if possible.  However, a full inspection can be done without you present.

What does a home inspection include?

From the home’s foundation to the roof, we inspect all accessible components including but not limited to the home’s heating, cooling, foundation, structural, electrical, masonry, fireplaces, insulation & ventilation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, major appliances and any concerns that you may have about the home.

What determines the price of a home inspection?

The cost of a home inspection primarily is dependent upon on the size of the size and and age of the home.

How long does an inspection generally take?

Typically an average home inspection will take up to 2-4 hours, depending on the size of the property, the condition of the home and any home buyer concerns. This permits us to thoroughly inspect the property and address and issues or concerns that the home buyer may have about the property.

When will i receive my inspection report?

You will receive your home inspection report typically within 24 hours of performing the inspection, often the same day. Reports are sent electronically.

What Is An Inspection?

An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a building. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, mobile home, or commercial building, you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector.

Why Do I Need An Inspection?

The purchase of a home or commercial building is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect — both indoors and out — in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Stains on the ceiling may indicate a chronic roof leakage problem or may be simply the result of a single incident. The inspector interprets these and other clues, then presents a professional opinion as to the condition of the property so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterward. Of course, an inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a building, as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and be able to make your decision confidently.

When Do I Request An Inspector?

The best time to consult the inspector is right after you’ve made an offer on your new building. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to inspect the building. Ask your professional agent to include this inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.

Can A Building “FAIL” The Inspection?

No. A professional inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective real estate purchase. It is not an appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. An inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a building, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of minor or major repairs or replacement.

What If The Report Reveals Problems?

If the inspector finds problems in a building, it does not necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy it, only that you will know in advance what type of repairs to anticipate. A seller may be willing to make repairs because of significant problems discovered by the inspector. If your budget is tight, or if you do not wish to become involved in future repair work, you may decide that this is not the property for you. The choice is yours.

If The Report Is Favorable, Did I Really Need An Inspection?

Definitely! Now you can complete your purchase with peace of mind about the condition of the property and its equipment and systems. You may have learned a few things about your property from the inspection report, and will want to keep that information for your future reference. Above all, you can rest assured that you are making a well-informed purchase decision and that you will be able to enjoy or occupy your new home or building the way you want.

Can I Inspect The Building Myself?

Even the most experienced building or home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional inspector who has inspected hundreds, and perhaps thousands of homes and buildings in their career. An inspector is equally familiar with the critical elements of construction and with the proper installation, maintenance and inter-relationships of these elements. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the building they really want, and this may lead to a poor assessment.

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