Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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What does the inspection include?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, and its age. Fees begin at $275 for a home less than 1500 sqaure feet and less than 5 years old. An additional charge of $50 will be applied to all pier and beam structures with walking space below, and $75 will be applied to all pier and beam structures with a crawl space below.However, do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection, or in the selection of your home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. The inspector's qualifications, including his experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration.
When is payment for the inspection due?
Why do I need a home inspection?
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards.
If you are already a home owner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn preventive measures which might avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, you may wish to have an inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
Why should I choose South Coast Inspections, Inc.?
Because we take the time to do the job right. We'll give you a quality inspection based upon integrity and experience.Long Answer:
Time: Our inspections usually take 3-4 hours depending on size, type and age. Many inspectors will only spend 1-2 hours in your home. We generally only do one inspection per day, sometimes two. Other inspectors will do 3 or even 4 inspections in a single day. There are only so many hours in a day, and doing 3 to 4 inspections in one day plus travel will not leave much time for inspecting your new home. We will likely find things that some inspectors may miss.
Thoroughness: Since we're going to spend more time on your inspection, we will look at things and go places that other inspectors may not. Within the limits of safety, we typically walk roofs, enter attics and crawl spaces.
Attention to Detail: We give you a full narrative below each section of the report along with a quick check list of problem areas. In addition, color photos are provided in each section with red arrows pointing to the problem area in the photo. We provide you with a detailed and comprehensive report that will help you in your decision making.
How should I prepare for the inspection?
- Have all utilities (water, electric and gas) on at the time of the inspection.
- Have all gas appliances ready to run with gas lines purged and pilot lights on.
- Clear access to areas like attics, crawl spaces, electric panels and furnaces.
- Unlock areas such as storage closets, fence gates, electric panels and crawl space hatches.
- Remove pets from the property, or secure them so they are not free to roam.
When will the report be ready?
Are there limitations to the inspection?
This is a visual inspection of the condition of the property listed above at the time of the inspection, and does not include any areas that are inaccessible for any reasons, including but not limited to the safety of the inspector, destructive testing required for access, or blockage through owner storage practices. Furnishings and carpets are expressly excluded from the scope of this inspection. All mechanical systems inspected are operated and visually observed in normal mode without dismantling.
The inspection and report do not address and are not intended to address code and regulation compliance, the possible presence of or danger from but not limited to the following substances; asbestos, radon gas, lead paint, urea formaldehyde, soil contamination, microwave radiation, microbiological organisms, rodents, or wood destroying insects. Our clients are urged to contact a competent specialist if information, identification, or testing for the presence of the above is needed or desired.
An inspection addresses only those components and conditions that are present, visible, and accessible at the time of the inspection. While there may be other parts, components or systems present, only those items specifically noted as being inspected were inspected. The inspector is not required to move furnishings or stored items. The inspection report may address issues that are code-based or may refer to a particular code; however, this is NOT a code compliance inspection and does NOT verify compliance with manufacturer’s installation instructions. The inspection does NOT imply insurability or warrantability of the structure or its components. Although some safety issues may be addressed in this report, this inspection is NOT a safety/code inspection, and the inspector is NOT required to identify all potential hazards.
Keep in mind that a home inspection lasts only a few hours, and it's not technically exhaustive. A home inspection is not an appraisal or a check for compliance with building codes and it's not an evaluation for any biological or environmental hazards.
Do I have to be at the inspection?
Can I call with questions after I receive the report?