FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The purchase of a home is the biggest investment most people will ever make, and every potential home buyer wants to make the best decision possible. For this reason, it is important to learn as much as you can about the condition of your potential home, and the potential need for major repairs, BEFORE YOU BUY. A certified and experienced home inspector can give you the important information you need to make this decision. In addition, Eagle Home Inspection will also point out the positive aspects of your potential home as well as maintenance that will be necessary to keep your home in top condition.
Q: Why should I have the house inspected?
A: Many homebuyers lack the specific knowledge, skill, experience, and emotional detachment that is required to conduct a thorough home inspection. At the time of most inspections, the majority of homebuyers have previously spent an average of 20 minutes or less at the property. By hiring a home inspector, clients can gain valuable understanding of, and insight into, the physical condition of the house and especially whether or not there are any items not functioning as intended, that are in need of immediate repair, that might adversely affect the habitability of the house, or that might warrant further investigation by a specialized professional.
Q: Why can't I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?
A: This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home.
Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspection is a unique skill. Professional inspectors get what we call an "inspector's instinct" for problems. That instinct takes extensive training and lots of experience doing inspections to develop. Many contractors, and other trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.
Q: We’re in the process of buying a brand new home. Should I still consider having a home inspection done?
A: Absolutely. Even on new homes both minor and major defects can be found. In many cases,
Builders are not on the job site all-day during the construction of the house; communication breaks down with specific subcontractors, mistakes happen, it’s just the nature of the beast. Having a home inspector who is looking out for your interests is a wise financial decision even when buying new construction. You would not believe some of the defects we have found in new construction.
Q: We’re buying a brand new home and would like to have a home inspection done, when is the best time to do the inspection?
A: Normally 3-4 days before closing and/or before the final walk through with the Builder. With new construction we not only do a complete home inspection but we also compile a “punch list” of cosmetic items throughout the house that should be corrected. Having a third party professional home inspector who is looking out for your interests is very helpful when dealing with the Builder.
Q: Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association?
A: There are many state and national associations for home inspectors. I am currently a member of (ASHI) American Society of Home Inspectors, (NAHI) National Association of Home inspectors, (AHIT) Certified American Home Inspectors Training Institute. and an affiliate member of( GPBR) Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors.
Q: Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up to date?
A: One can never know it all, and the inspector's commitment to continuing education is a good measure of his or her professionalism and service to the consumer. This is especially important in cases where the home is much older or includes unique elements requiring additional or updated training. I continue to take part in as many educational opportunities as I can each year. I am required to earn 20 (CEU) Continual Educational credits each year to keep my status in the ASHI organization.
Q: What is an Pre Inspection Agreement?
A: A signed Pre Inspection agreement is required by law before the home inspection may proceed. A written and signed inspection contract is essential so the client knows, and has agreed to, the scope and limitations of the services to be performed. Please be sure to sign the EHI agreement before the date of the inspection
Q: What are you looking for?
A: We will be checking the major components of the home to determine if the items are in working condition and/or if they are safe.
Q: What will the inspection cover?
A: A home inspection is primarily a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of the property. The Inspection is not invasive and only applies to the condition of the home at the time of the inspection. A thorough Inspection covers everything from roof to the foundation.
Common items that are included in the inspection are as follows:
Attic Siding & Trim
Insulation Ceilings, Walls,
Doors and Windows Roof & Lashings
Electrical System Basement
Water Heater Crawlspace
Plumbing System Foundation
Heating System The Lot
Grading Air Conditioning
Drainage Garage & car ports
Q: What is not considered part of a Home Inspection?
A: A home inspection is not a code compliance inspection and does not guarantee that the house complies with building codes. It is not an appraisal of the value of the property. It is not technically exhaustive in nature. It does not protect a client from any future failure of any systems or components. It is not an insurance policy.
Q: Do you take pictures of things that are wrong with the house?
A: Yes, pictures make up a portion of the report. This is the summary page of all the
defects that might be found in the house. Your Realtor will use this information to write the Addendum to the Contract asking the Seller to repair/replace the defects found.
Q: Can the Inspector "fail" the house?
A: No. There is no "passing" or "failing". The home inspector’s goal is to accurately report on the physical condition of the house in a calm, straight forward, and professional manner while indicating what repairs might be necessary or what items may need to be monitored for change in the future. The results can then be compared to the real estate 'Offer to Purchase and Contract' and a determination can be made as to what items are subject to negotiation.
Q: Will the Home Inspector advise me concerning the purchase?
A: No. Ultimately, it is the client’s decision whether or not to buy the house. We have no knowledge of the value of the property, the financial condition of the client, or any number of many other very important factors. The home inspection should be viewed as one more "piece of the puzzle". Each individual client knows what they are willing to take on regarding repairs, renovation, upgrade, etc.
Q: Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
A: Some inspector associations and state regulations allow the inspector to perform repair work on problems uncovered in the inspection. Other associations and regulations strictly forbid this as a conflict of interest. I do not perform work on properties for at least two years after the Inspection.
Q: How much will it cost?
Costs vary dramatically, depending on the level and type of inspection, the property floor area, property geographical location and the inspector’s qualifications. A typical range might be $225–$500, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Inspection cost does not necessarily reflect quality. Please visit the "Cost Page" for more detailed information.
Q: When is payment due and what payment options are available?
A: Payment is due at the time of the inspection. Due to Insurance requirements the report can’t be released until payment is made in full.
Payment options can be in the form of cash, personal check, or with Credit Card at the time of the Inspection.
Q: How do I schedule an inspection?
A: Please call or text us at (586) 295-5749. Our office is open 7am to 9pm, 7 days a week. You can also email us at EagleHomeInspector@gmail.com.
Q: What time of day are home inspections done?
A: We do inspections at: any time between 9:00 AM, & 7 PM. 7 days a week. Clients who are not able to get off work during the day, normally will take the later time slot. That way they can come to the inspection after getting off of work. Bear in mind during the winter months it get dark out by 5 PM. So I must get started by 4 PM to complete the outside effectively.
Q: How long will the inspection take?
A: The average on-site inspection time for a single inspector is 1 ½ to 3 hours depending on the condition and size of the property. Anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection. Additional inspectors may be brought in for very large properties and buildings.
Q: What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?
A: Ask to see samples and determine whether or not you can understand the inspector's reporting style and if the time parameters fulfill your needs. Most inspectors provide their full report within 24 hours of the inspection. I will provide two PDF files, one is the report about 30 pages and the other is all the photos I took of the house between 80 - 150
Q: Can I follow along with the inspector?
A: Absolutely. In fact, every client is highly encouraged to attend. The home inspection is a valuable learning experience for most home buyers and we consider it a very important aspect of the inspection. The home inspector will provide valuable insight and perspective concerning the home, its systems, and will comment on important maintenance issues regarding the house. An inspector's refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.
Q : I normally have a very busy schedule and can not get away from work for 2 ½ hours or so. Is it possible for me to come near the end of the home inspection?
A: Absolutely. Upon your arrival to the inspection we will show you everything you need to be aware of. You won’t miss anything. The Inspection Agreement will need to be signed by you before hand so that I have written permission to do the inspection on your behalf.
Q: Why use our Services?
A: The purchase of a new home is one of the single most costly investments that a family will make. You, as an investor and consumer, need to know exactly what you are purchasing. Here at Eagle Home Inspections we take pride in our constant effort of providing professional home inspections for our clients. As previously mentioned…“we inspect every home like we’re buying it ourselves.“
Q: What if I have questions after the inspection?
A: You can call us and discuss any and all aspects of your home inspection whenever you like. Feel free to call us even after you move in to your house with any questions that you might have. Our service is a long-term investment. We are in the repeat business and hope that you will call us on every home purchase you might make in the future. As they say, “we want customers for life.”