1. How long does a home inspection take to complete?
The time needed to properly inspect a home will vary due to the size, age and condition of the home. Also, should you wish to be present during the inspection, extra time will be required to answer any questions you may have and to address any areas of concern you may have with the home’s condition. On average the inspection will take between 2-4 hours.
2. Do I have to be there during the inspection?
You are welcome to attend the home inspection, however it is not required. My goal is to offer you the most comprehensive inspection and informative report. Since the average home inspection can take 2-4 hours to complete, many clients prefer to arrive at the end of the inspection for a “walk and talk” inspection summary.
3. Are on-site written reports offered?
No. A report delivered “on-site” means delivered “in a hurry”. Your written report needs to be as specific and comprehensive as possible. Nothing should be omitted from the report due to time limits. In most cases, the report will be delivered by email within 24 hours.
4. Can a house fail an inspection?
No. A home inspection is a visual examination of the current condition of a house and its components. 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.
5. Are pest and termite inspections offered?
Should pest or termite activity be discovered during your home inspection, it will be reported to you. However, a pest and termite inspection must be completed by a licensed pest control contractor. To remain unbiased, New Direction Home Inspection does not offer these additional services.
6. What is inspected and what is excluded?
The inspection and the written report are governed by the Florida Home Inspection Standards of Practice. Please click here to view a PDF version of the Florida Home Inspection Standards of Practice.
7. Aren’t all licensed home inspectors the same?
Absolutely not. A home inspector provides their client with an opinion about the condition of the home and the mechanical components. A less experienced home inspector may have a different opinion than an experienced home inspector. All home inspectors do not have the same background and training. All home inspectors do not utilize the same tools and techniques to form their opinion. When choosing a home inspector, be sure to research their qualifications and review a sample home inspection report.