Q: When should I have my home inspected?
A: We recommend beginning your research for a local home inspection company when you decide you want to make a purchase, or sell a property. Also, it is good practice to plan an inspection if you have been in your home for more than 5 years. This will allow you to stay aware of your homes condition decreasing the possibility of being caught off guard with a costly maintenance emergency.
Q: What should I look for when hiring a home inspector?
A: Most importantly, are they licensed, bonded, and insured? This is a very important qualification to consider as it can make or break your future investment. Other factors to consider: Are they a member of an Inspectors Association? These associations require continued education, and a higher level of compliance in terms of industry standards and ethics. What are their additional fees? Inspection companies have a variety of fees that can increase the cost considerably. Some companies bill the services as a package.
Q: Who attends a home inspection?
Typically, most real estate buyer’s agents will attend the inspection with their buyer. In some cases, buyers may not attend the inspection due to personal circumstances.
Q: What fixes are mandatory after a home inspection?
A: There is no fix that is technically mandatory. Although, offers backed by loans may have stipulations that give the seller the option to fix certain things that are mandatory for the lender to approve the loan. This is completely up to the property owner if they want to fix the issue and proceed.
Q: Do Home Inspectors check appliances?
A: Major appliances will be tested for functionality and maintenance needs. Appliances that are considered part of the structure of the home such as washer/dryer, dishwasher, oven/stove, refrigerator/freezer, garbage disposal, hot water heater, and HVAC will all be inspected for quality.
Q: How do you test air quality?
A: Using an indoor air quality monitor an inspector can check the air for the presence of mold and other harmful substances such as carbon monoxide and radon. Some home inspectors do not include air quality testing in their standard service, so It is important to have a document that lists the services in detail with the prices so that you are not surprised with added fees.
Q: What are the symptoms of poor air quality?
A: Poor air quality may cause symptoms such as:
- Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.
- Shortness of breath.
- Hypersensitivity and allergies.
- Sinus congestion.
- Coughing and sneezing.
Q: How do you clean the air in your house?
A: Increase ventilation, this is the best way to improve indoor air quality. Another effective method is the use of air purifying systems. There are also some natural products you may consider to improve your homes air quality: beeswax candles, salt lamps, activated charcoal, houseplants, and essential oils.