Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Home Inspection?

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A Home Inspection is a snapshot in time of the condition of the major systems and components of the house.

Systems such as the roof, exterior, plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling. Attics, crawlspaces, garages, each room and the systems within them. For a full description of what is included, visit our Standards of Practice page.

Do I need a Home Inspection?

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The short answer is: Yes.

You are looking at a property to buy; you need someone with no emotional or financial attachment to it = Unbiased.

You are looking to sell your home; a professional Home Inspector may just reacquaint you with some of those things that have fallen into the "blind spot", which could send some potential buyers walking.

What does a Home Inspection include?

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Pretty close to 1,200 items checked or looked for, no matter the size of the house.

As a Certified Professional Inspector®, I am on the lookout for what is missing, broken, damaged, inoperable, inadequate, insufficient, improper, unsafe, hazardous, dangerous... You get the idea?

Can I do a Home Inspection myself?

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You're about to make a purchase or sale for a substantial amount of funds that will be committed for many years to come. Ask yourself if you have the knowledge and experience of an InterNACHI® Certified Professional Inspector®.  Let me ask you, do you perform all of the repairs on your current home, car, children?

Do I need to be present for the inspection?

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Many people cannot make it on inspection day due to scheduling conflicts. Some people request a day when they can attend. Some agents insist on being present, others not. Personally, I work well either way, but I may get sidetracked and miss something if I'm interrupted. If you plan on attending, bring a notepad and pen to write down your questions, we can all get together at the end to discuss our findings.

What do I do with the information on the report?

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Consider the Inspection Report as you would a tool. With it you will be informed about the condition of the house, its systems, its major components, items needing repair or correction, maybe replacement.

As a buyer, this can be a negotiation tool.

As a seller, you can determine what you will take care of and will remain.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a home inspection take?

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An average home inspection will take anywhere from a couple of hours to several hours; depending on the size of the home, your wants and needs, the condition of the home, and the age of the building. Some homes have been well maintained and kept up, leaving very little for the inspector to find. Some homes have been a little more neglected or "maintenance deferred",  requiring more observation & documentation. 

Does the report contain any pictures of the defects?

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Each inspection report produced contains pictures or video (if possible) of the defects, or a graphic illustration or example photo to aid in a clearer understanding of the issue. Also included are photos of important system components like:

  • Water meter & main shutoff valve
  • Gas meter & shutoff valve
  • Water heater & data label
  • Furnace or Heater & data label
  • Electric panel

How do I receive the report?

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At Highlander Inspections, we use Spectora reporting software which takes the hassle out of report viewing. Reports are unlocked in the system after the inspection agreement has been signed & payment has been delivered. When the report has been published, the link to it remains live for as long as it is present in the server. 

Who sees the inspection report?

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Only the party contracting for the inspection, and their agent, will receive the link to the inspection report.

Other agents and interested parties will not receive a copy unless authorized by the original purchaser of the inspection service. The report is the property of only those contracting with Highlander Inspections.

What if the agent has a report from a previous inspection?

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Each inspection and report is a snapshot in time in regards to the condition and state of the property.

Things change all of the time, often unbeknownst to us.

Relying on dated information instead of getting a current situation report may not expose a defect or costly repair expense.

How soon will I see the report?

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In a best case scenario, the report will be ready the same evening as the inspection. Otherwise, it will normally be ready to view the next day. Timelines are tight during a home purchase, we don't want to be the bottleneck holding up your transaction. Thorough, accurate and timely reports is our product.