Chattahoochee Home Inspections Co believes there are ten important questions you should have answered before you select your home inspector.
1. What does your inspection cover?
Chattahoochee Home Inspections ensures that our inspection and inspection report will meet all applicable requirements in your state if applicable and will comply with a well-recognized standard of practice and code of ethics. You should be able to request and see a copy of these items ahead of time and ask any questions you may have. 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?
Chattahoochee Home Inspections has completed over 1000 homes since its inception in July 2017. We can provide a few names as referrals if you would like. Newer inspectors can be very qualified, and many work with a partner or have access to more experienced inspectors to assist them in the inspection.
3. Are you specifically experienced in residential inspection?
Yes, Chattahoochee Home Inspections is experienced in residential inspections. Related experience in construction or engineering is helpful, but is no substitute for training and experience in the unique discipline of home inspection. If the inspection is for a commercial property, then this should be asked about as well.
4. Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
No, we do not offer to do any repairs or improvements. We will recommend you seek professional services in the area(s) required to complete these items for you.
5. How long will the inspection take?
The average on-site inspection time for a single inspector is 2 to 3 hours depending on the condition and size of the property. Anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection. Additional time may be needed for old residential homes and for very large properties and buildings.
6. How much will it cost?
Costs vary dramatically, depending on the level and type of inspection, the property floor area, property geographical location and the inspector's qualifications. A typical range might be $250-$550, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Inspection cost does not necessarily reflect quality. If you are in the Military, or you serve in the Fire or Police Departments in the Columbus and surrounding areas, let me know and I will provide a special offer!
7. What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?
Ask to see samples and determine whether or not you can understand the inspector's reporting style and if the time parameters fulfill your needs. My goal to you is provide you with a full report the same day but will always be within 24 hours of the inspection.
8. Will I be able to attend the inspection?
Yes. This is a valuable educational opportunity, and an inspector's refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.
9. Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association?
Yes. There are many state and national associations for home inspectors. To see our membership ID's (Credentials), and we encourage you to perform whatever due diligence you deem appropriate.
10. Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up to date?
Yes. One can never know it all, and the inspector's commitment to continuing education is a good measure of his or her professionalism and service to the consumer. At Chattahoochee Home Inspections Co, we value the need for continuing education so we can make sure we provide you with the most accurate and current assessment of your new dream home. We know this is especially important in cases where the home is much older or includes unique elements requiring additional or updated training.
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