Frequently Asked Questions
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection consists of a visual and objective independent examination of all of the homes systems and installed components. All the major elements of the home will be examined such as the roof, attic, foundation, structure, electrical, plumbing, exterior siding, heating and air conditioning and grounds. A typical inspection process will take from 2 to 3 hours, depending on the age and size of the home.
What does a home inspection include?
The inspection includes a visually observable readily accessible examination of the systems and installed components of the home. This can include but is not limited to the grounds, roof, exterior siding, electrical, plumbing, foundation, attics, insulation, walls, ceilings, windows, doors, floors, basement, AC and heating systems.
A standard home inspection summarizes findings from a visual inspection of the condition of the subject home's heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; foundation, basement, and the visible structures of the home.
Why do I need a home inspection?
The purchase of a home is one of the largest expenses you will ever make. The Guardian home inspection process will summarize the condition of your prospective home and outline any found deficiencies that could lead to major repairs. All parties to the real estate transaction benefit from understanding the condition of the property. A professional Guardian home inspection will provide you with the knowledge you need before you complete the agreement to sell or purchase a property.
What will it cost?
Inspection fees vary depending on the size and age of your home. There may also be costs associated with geography and other features of the home. However, the knowledge gained during the inspection process is well worth the cost and the time you spend with your guardian inspector will greatly increase your knowledge of the systems and performance of your new home. Further, Guardian’s rate are extremely competitive in the industry and we deliver tremendous overall value. Call us at (709) 689-6454 or email us today for the best rate.
Can I do it myself?
You may be tempted to look at the property yourself confident that you have a good eye for potential problems. However, Guardian Inspections is trained in the comprehensive and industry leading Carson Dunlop Home Inspector training program with 11 courses, 31 exams, 400 pages of defect recognition material and many months of study. As such, your guardian inspector is familiar with all of your home’s systems and components as well as their proper operation. Further, your professional Guardian Home Inspector has the experience, depth of knowledge and training to make an informed, unbiased and professional report on the condition of your property. As the home purchase process is often an emotional one, you will benefit by having the impartial third-party opinion of a professionally trained and expert Guardian Inspector.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. There is no “pass” or “fail” during a home inspection. Your Guardian inspector will report on the true condition of the property as determined during the inspection process. This process will indicate the condition of the major systems and components of the home and will indicate the ramifications of underperforming systems and what may need repair, monitoring or replacement. You can then use the results of this report to compare to the purchase contract for the home to determine what, if any, items are not functioning as intended and whether or not these items are subject to negotiation. Remember, no house is perfect. The inspection process is generally not intended to be used for nitpicking or creating a basic maintenance list. The main intent is to identify underperforming major household systems and report their implications and necessary actions. That said, Guardian will often provide additional maintenance tips during the process as a way to increase the value of the inspection process.
What happens if a house has problems?
We will always tell you our findings regarding the condition of the property. In areas where lack of performance is noted we will suggest monitoring, repair or replacement. Further, your Guardian inspector will note the implications of the problems. Always keep in mind though that no house is perfect. It is up to you to determine how the inspection report will affect your decision to purchase.
If major problems are uncovered, you may wish to renegotiate to have them repaired, accept the home as is or take other action. This decision is totally yours, but you can rest more comfortably in knowing that your Guardian inspector has helped you learn more about the home during the inspection process and through the verbal report and comprehensive written report given to you after the inspection.
What is not considered part of a Home Inspection?
Your Guardian home inspection includes a visually observable readily accessible inspection of the installed systems and components of the home. It is not meant to be technically exhaustive and it does not protect you from future failure of systems and components. It is also not an insurance policy or warranty of any sort. It is not a code compliance inspection and does not insure that your home complies with local building codes or other regulations. It is also not intended to uncover hazardous material or the presence or absence of pests and/or insects. Inspections to cover these items would require specialized services and are out of scope for a home inspection. Further, these items would require other expertise costing fees at many multiples of the home inspection fee.
Should I follow along with the Inspector?
Absolutely. We strongly encourage it. While It is not required for you to be present at the inspection, every client is highly encouraged to attend. The inspection will be a valuable learning experience for you, and we consider it a very important benefit of the inspection. Your Guardian Inspector will provide you with valuable insight and perspective concerning the home, its installed systems and components, and will answer questions and discuss important issues regarding the house throughout the inspection.
If you have any other questions for us, we would be happy to answer them for you. Please contact us via email or using the form on this page.