Frequently Asked Questions

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Q.  Why do I need a home inspection?
A.  There are many reasons to have a home inspection done.  The most valuable one is peace of mind.  Home inspections will give you an understanding of the condition of the house and help you make an informed decision when deciding whether or not to buy.

Q.  What does a home inspections include?
A.  A home inspection is a thorough, unbiased look at your home, inside and outside. Typically, a home inspection lasts 2 to 4 hours.  The home inspection 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.

Q.  Do I have to be there?
A.  While it's not required that you be present for the inspection it is recommended.  It gives you a chance to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

Q. Can a house fail an inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of the structure.  It is not an appraisal or a code inspection.  A home inspector , therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of immediate or future repair or replacement.

Q.  What will it cost?
  Top Gear Home Inspections is very competitively priced in the market.  Just like every home is not built the same there are always factors that affect the price of the inspections.  So there are some questions that have to be answered in order to give an accurate price for your home.  A typical home inspection will cost anywhere between $250 and $300.  Cost should not be a factor in the decision whether or not to have a home inspection.  You might save many times the cost of the inspection if you are able to renegotiate the purchase price based on problems revealed by the inspector.

Q.  Can I not do it myself?
  Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds, perhaps thousands of homes in his career.  An inspector is equally familiar with all elements of home construction and with proper installation and maintenance of those elements. Above all, most buyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may lead to a poor assessment.

Q.  What if I have questions after the inspection?
  You can call and discuss all the aspects of your new home whenever you like.  Our service is a long term investment.

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