Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will your inspection meet recognized standards? Ask whether the inspection and the inspection report will meet all state requirements and comply with a well-recognized standard of practice and code of ethics, such as the one adopted by the American Society of Home Inspectors or the National Association of Home Inspectors. Customers can view each group’s standards of practice and code of ethics online at www.nachi.org. I am Nachi certified.
2. Do you belong to a professional home inspector association? There are many state and national associations for home inspectors. Unfortunately, some groups confer questionable credentials or certifications in return for nothing more than a fee. Insist on members of reputable, nonprofit trade organizations; request to see a membership ID. I am a member in good standings with NACHI
3. How experienced are you? I have worked in the private and commercial construction industry for over 20 years. I managed a 16 acre, 2 building 100,000 square foot church facility. I have remodeled, flipped and managed rentals for 15 years.
4. How do you keep your expertise up to date? Inspectors’ commitment to continuing education is a good measure of their professionalism and service. Advanced knowledge is especially important in cases in which a home is older or includes unique elements requiring additional or updated training. I Continue my training and education in the areas of inspecting and the real estate arena.
5. Will you offer to do repairs or improvements? Absolutely not as this is forbidden by the Nachi Code of Ethics as well as my personal values.
6. How long will the inspection take? On average, an inspector working alone inspects a typical single-family house in two to three hours; anything significantly less may not be thorough. If additional services are requested (Mold, thermal imaging ETC) additional time will be necessary. If your customers are purchasing an especially large property, they may want to ask whether additional inspectors will be brought in. I am an individual inspector and will handle all inspections no matter the home size.
7. What’s the cost? Costs can vary dramatically, depending on your region, the size and age of the house, and the scope of services. The national average for single-family homes is about $450, but customers with large homes can expect to pay more. Customers should be wary of deals that seem too good to be true. Pricing is based on age and heated square footage. Please call or request a quote on-line at www.ihomeinspectflorida.com
8. What type of inspection report do you provide? Most inspectors provide their full report within 24 hours of the inspection. I use a narrative type report using InspectIt Software. Reports are typically delivered the next day via e-mail.
9. Will I be able to attend the inspection? The answer should be yes. A home inspection is a valuable educational opportunity for the buyer. An inspector's refusal to let the buyer attend should raise a red flag. Attendance is not required but highly recommended. If attendance is not possible, see if a family member or your realtor is available. Yes I welcome and encourage you to attend.
10. What type insurance do you carry? There are several types of insurance carried by some home inspectors. The first type of insurance is Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance. This covers the inspector against major claims due to mistakes or omissions occurring during the home inspection and report. Probably less than 20% of inspectors carry this insurance due to its cost and high deductible. Most that are insured carry it to cover catastrophic loss. The second type of insurance is General Liability and is often bundled with E&O and covers any damage to the property and its contents, or any injury to attendees during the inspection. We are fully insured with E&O and GL