What is a home inspection?

An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and the systems of a building. If you are thinking of buying a home, you should have it thoroughly inspected by an experienced and impartial professional before the final purchase. The standard home inspector's report will cover the condition of the home's heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components. When you choose Advanced Inspections Inc to do the evaluation, you can rest assured that we are the best in the industry.

Why should I have a home inspection?

The purchase of a home is one of the largest single investments you'll ever make. Since it's such a big investment, you need to know the current condition of the property as well as any repairs and maintenance that will be needed in the future.
A professional home inspection informs the home buyer of the property's condition. Things aren't always as they seem. A fresh coat of paint might be hiding serious structural concerns. Stains on the ceiling may simply be the result of a resolved leak, or they could indicate chronic roof leakage and mold damage. There could even be extensive other damages that compromises the integrity of the home.

After evaluating the property, as an inspector, I will present my professional opinions on the property's condition. This will give you a clear understanding of the home so you can make a confident decision. If you're selling your house, getting an inspection before you put your house on the market can help identify and remedy any potential concerns.

What will it cost?

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 on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and possible optional services such as septic, well or radon testing.

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 sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector's qualifications, including experience, training, compliance with your state's regulations, if any, and professional affiliations as a guide.

Why can't I do it myself?

Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.

Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.

Can a house fail a home inspection?

No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.

When should I schedule an inspection?

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

What should I look for in an inspector?

An inspector should have the following credentials: Taken a Nation Exam and carries the CPI certified. Is a member with a nation inspector association (these require additional testing and continued education). Does your inspector carry a ladder large enough to get on the roof if he deems necessary or some other technology to assist in the roof inspection? does he use professional software to provide your report and what is the turn around for the report? Does he remove the electrical panel dead front for his inspection? What are your payment options, will he take credit cards or is it limited to cash or check? How long will it take for his inspection. Is he recommended by your realtor? Does he have good reviews?

Do I have to be there?

While it's not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?

Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You'll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector's written report, and will have that information for future reference.

What if the report reveals problems?

No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn't mean you should or shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don't want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.

How is the industry regulated?

In Maine, all inspections should be performed to the standards adopted by InterNACHI. To become a member, an inspector must pass a written examination to prove their competency. InterNACHI and other professional training and certifying agencies train and certify their members through rigorous classroom and field testing. Moreover, InterNACHI inspectors must participate in continuing education courses to maintain their certifications and memberships. InterNACHI-Certified Professional Inspectors® adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice.

How long will a typical inspection last?

A typical inspection will take from two to three hours, depending on the size and features of the home.

Should I meet my inspector on-site to review the report?

Yes, reviewing the report with your inspector is crucial to understanding it and is an important part of any professional home inspection.

What kind of report will I receive?

Some home inspectors handwrite notes on a sheet of paper. These "reports" are often unorganized, unprofessional, and hard to read. At Advanced Inspections Inc, I create a typed report that's customized to your home. These reports include several high-quality photos, detailed notes, and a summary page.