What to Expect

Buying a new home is an exciting process. Whether it’s your first home or you’re an investor, getting the best information about the building is a critical piece of making sure you’re getting the best investment.

At MInspecting, we bring 20 years of architectural expertise to your home inspection. By thoroughly understanding how homes are put together, what to expect from different styles and eras of homes and with years of experience rooting out causes of problems, we can give you the best idea of how your home “works” and anything that might be a concern.

Knowing about issues beforehand gives you an opportunity to have them corrected or paid for before you buy. We’ll also show you how the equipment in your home works and point out things to watch out for after you own your home.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What IS a home inspection?
A home inspection is a general visual inspection of the condition of a house. It will generally cover: roof, exterior, exposed structure, electrical service, plumbing service, any plumbing and electrical that is exposed to view, plumbing and electrical fixtures, appliances, doors, windows, and interior finishes.

What else will I find out?
As we walk through the property I will give you general information about the materials and functioning of the equipment and appliances so that you’ll better understand your house.

Will you tell me if I should buy the house?
No. A licensed home inspector does not tell you whether or not you should buy a house, instead I will give you the information you need to know about any concerns you may have.

Will you tell me if the house is worth what they’re asking?
No. A licensed home inspector does not provide an estimate of value, instead I will tell you what the general condition of the home and its systems are.

Do you test for mold?
Mold needs moisture to thrive. I will visually inspect for signs of moisture and test for moisture content if there are signs of its presence. If there are signs of mold or if you or someone in your family is particularly susceptible to mold, I will recommend a separate mold test.

Do you test for asbestos?
If I identify materials that might contain asbestos, I will recommend a separate asbestos test.

Do you test for lead?
If I identify materials that might contain lead, I will recommend a separate lead test.

Will you tell me if all the piping and wiring are fine?
A home inspection is a visual, non-intrusive, inspection. I will be able to inspect exposed piping and wiring, for instance in the basement, and I’ll be able to get a general sense of the age and condition of the piping and wiring but I will not be able to assess if there are any hidden problems.

What happens after the inspection?
A home inspector is required to get your report to you within 48 hours, I will generally get it to you within 24 hours. At that time I will send you a link to download the report at which point you can distribute it as you need to.