We hope these answers to Frequently Asked Questions will help you as you plan for a Home Inspection.
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection gives the buyer more detailed information about the overall condition of the home prior to purchase. In a home inspection, a qualified inspector takes an in-depth, unbiased look at your potential new home to: evaluate the physical condition: structure, construction, and mechanical systems; identify items that need to be repaired or replaced; estimate the remaining useful life of the major systems, equipment, structure, and finishes.
What will a Home Inspection cost?
There are many factors that go into the final cost of a home inspection: square footage of the property, finished basement and additional services such as Radon and/or Termite inspections. Our rates are very competitive and we offer special pricing throughout the year. Click here and request to be added to our mailing list for special offers.
Why is a Home Inspection so important?
It is your responsibility to be an informed buyer. Be sure that what you buy is satisfactory in every respect. You have the right to carefully examine your potential new home with a qualified home inspector. You may arrange to do so before signing your contract, or may do so after signing the contract as long as your contract states that the sale of the home depends on the inspection.
What does a Home Inspection include?
The home inspection includes all the major components and systems that make up a home. These items include: Property Grounds, Exterior Finishing, Roofing & Gutter Systems, Foundation & Structural, Plumbing System, Electrical System, Heating & Cooling (HVAC) System, Interior Finishing, and Insulation & Ventilation.
How do I schedule a Home Inspection?
Does ISG meet Recognized Standards
All ISG Inspectors complete a rigorous training program to meet Pennsylvania and/or Delaware state requirements and are members of the American Association of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) associations. The ISG team follows the ASHI Standards of Practice for all inspections while providing the utmost level of customer service and a consummate attention to detail.
How long does it take perform a typical Home Inspection?
The typical home inspection takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to perform. However, there are many variables that can effect the time of the inspection. These variables include; the square footage of the property, accessibility to the systems being inspected, the age of the property, and many other variables.
How quickly do I receive the Home Inspection Report?
A Summary Inspection Report, printed on-site following the inspection, provides details on any marginal or defective items found. The full Detailed Inspection Report, including over 100 full color pictures, is then electronically sent the next business day, if not sooner. Reports for any required testing conducted through a lab or sub-contractor (i.e. mold testing or indoor air quality testing), are sent as an addendum as soon as they become available, typically within two days.
I am the home buyer. Should I attend the Home Inspection?
We highly recommend that the home buyer attend the inspection. This gives us time to answer any questions you may have and explain our findings that will be in the inspection report. We are also available to answer any and all of your questions during or after the inspection and after you have had time to review the inspection report.
What can I expect in the Home Inspection Report
The inspection report includes details of our findings and recommendations for items that may be of concern. The report also includes pictures of specific items that ISG feels are important to note and those which provide information to our clients. Our reports also contain summary pages for easy access to items of interest and any important documents that may provide additional details of the inspection and findings.