Frequently Asked Questions
What is covered by an inspection?
The entire house is covered except any items that are inaccessible or cannot reasonably be inspected. An inspection includes the foundation, electrical system, plumbing fixtures, drains, and water supplies, heating and air conditioning equipment, the roof, attic and crawlspaces. Additional optional items are features such as the sprinkler system, swimming pool, and outbuildings.
Can I attend the inspection?
Yes, you are encouraged to attend all or part of the inspection. The inspection will last from 2 - 3 hours depending on the size and condition of the home. Some customers prefer to attend the last 30 minutes to go over all the issues, but some like to attend the entire inspection. Either is OK.
Do I have to attend?
No, you do not have to attend the inspection. Reports are emailed that same day/evening. Normally photographs are taken during the inspection and the number depends on the size and condition of the house. Photos of items which require correction or are of special note will be included in the summary of the report.
What about a Termite Inspection?
You will need to contact a pest control company to provide such. Your realtor most likely will have the names and contact information for local termite inspectors.
My realtor referred me to you, but should I look for an "independent" inspector?
I am an independent inspector and although I may have been referred by a realtor, you are my customer. My inspection is performed to the highest standards and regardless of how you found me, your best interest is foremost in the inspection. If a realtor referred me, they understand this and they want a complete inspection as much as you do. Those few realtors that expect any less would not refer me.
My dad, brother, neighbor, etc.., has a lot of construction experience why shouldn't I use them for free?
Normally it is difficult to find someone with experience in Structures, Roofing, Electrical, Plumbing, Appliances, Foundations, Doors, Windows, and all the components of a house. "If you think hiring a professional is expensive, try hiring an amateur". Check my credentials on the About Us page.
Should a new home be inspected?
Absolutely. New homes are built very quickly and sometimes supervision is lacking. The beginnings of foundation problems, gas leaks, improper equipment installation and missing flashings are just some of the common defects found in new houses.
What do the cracks in the walls mean?
That depends on the type of cracks and the width of the cracks. Minor cracking in the brick mortar and sheetrock is usually typical and caused by the movement of the house due to the soil. However, cracks might also mean that foundation repairs are needed. It is always a good idea to have any cracking examined by a professional.
When should I call for an inspection?
Typically, an inspection is not called for until the contract has been negotiated. Occasionally someone will need an inspection just to determine if a contract is worth pursuing, however, it requires the seller's permission to do this. Most inspection companies are quite busy. You should call as soon as the contract has been accepted, as the typical waiting period for an inspection with Bayer Inspections is 3 - 5 days. Also, be sure that your contract allows sufficient time to get the inspector of your choice.
How about payment?
Payment is expected at time of inspection unless other arrangements have been made in advance. I accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express. I also accept checks and cash.
If you cannot or wish not to attend, I will send you an online invoice to pay on the day of the inspection.
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of a home’s systems and structure. An inspection will specify the items in a home that are beyond their useful life or are unsafe, as well areas that are not performing properly. Inspections include areas of the home’s exterior and interior, from the exterior drainage and retaining walls to the roof to the foundation. If symptoms or problems are found, the inspector may advocate further evaluation. A home inspection is a visual inspection to determine conditions or problems that exist at the time of the inspection. A home inspection is not a warranty. A warranty can be obtained separately.
Home inspection reports do not describe the condition of every component if it’s in excellent shape, but should note every item that is defective or needing service. The serious problems are:
· Health and safety issues
· Roofs with a short life expectancy
· Furnace / A/C malfunctions
· Foundation deficiencies
· Moisture / drainage issues
Items which are inspected include:
Roof, vents, flashings and trim
Eaves, soffits and fascia
Gutters and downspouts
Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations
Decks, porches, walkways and railings
Grading and drainage
Heating and cooling system(s)
Main water shut-off valve
Water heating system
Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
Electrical Service line and meter box
Main disconnect and service amperage
Electrical panel(s) breakers and fuses
Grounding and bonding
GFCIs and AFCIs
Fireplace damper, door and hearth
Insulation and ventilation
Garage doors, safety sensors and openers
Whole house inspection up to 2,000 square feet - $250.00
Over 2,000 square feet - add $25.00 for each additional 500 square feet.
Additional Services - Radon Measurement Testing - $125.00