Frequently Asked Questions
Q. WHAT IS A "HOME INSPECTION"?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the foundation to the roof. Having a home inspected is similar to giving it a physical check-up. If symptoms or problems are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.
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Q. WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTION INCLUDE?
Crow Home Inspection, llc will review the condition of:
• Roof, vents, flashings and trim
• Gutters and downspouts
• Skylights, chimney and other roof penetrations
• Decks, stoops, porches, walkways and railings
• Eaves, soffit and fascia
• Grading and drainage
• Basement, foundation and crawl space
• Central heating and cooling systems
• Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
• Water heating system
• Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
• Electrical service line and meter
• Main disconnect and service amperage
• Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
• Grounding and bonding
• Fireplace damper door and hearth
• Visible insulation and ventilation
• Garage doors, safety sensors and openers
• And much more!
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Q. IS A HOME INSPECTION FOR A CONDO DIFFERENT?
Crow Home Inspection, llc performs a condo inspection in the same manner as a house inspection. Some inspection companies do not inspect the exterior since the condominium association is usually responsible for the exterior maintenance. We believe that you should be aware of the exterior condition since it may affect the interior of the condo. (If you prefer not to have the exterior of the condo inspected, we will pro-rate the fee accordingly.)
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Q. WHAT WILL IT COST?
The fee for a typical house (including one garage) inspection ranges between $400-$480. The inspection fee is based upon the size of the house, the age of the house, particular features of the house, additional outbuildings, etc. It is a good idea to check local prices on your own. However, do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection, or in the selection of your home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. The inspector's qualifications, including his/her experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration.
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Q. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
Our inspections are very thorough and usually take 3-5 hours. Some inspections may take more or less time based on the home's condition, age, size, etc.
Q. CAN'T I DO IT MYSELF?
Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds, perhaps thousands, of homes in his or her career. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. He or she understands how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail. Above all, most buyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.
Please note: Beware of home inspection companies that offer to make repairs based on their findings, i.e., repairing the roof, furnace, etc. We believe a professional inspector should be objective and not looking for a way to benefit financially by "improving" your home.
Q. HOW DO I FIND A HOME INSPECTOR?
If you are located within the Central Ohio Area, contact Crow Home Inspection, llc and we will be happy to provide home inspection services for you. If you are outside the Central Ohio area, the best source is a friend, or perhaps a business acquaintance, who has been satisfied with and can recommend a home inspector they have used. ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) has a great "Locate an Inspector" tool on their web site that will give you a list of ASHI members in your area. For more info on how to choose an inspector, click here.
Q. CAN A HOUSE FAIL INSPECTION?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.
Q. WHEN DO I CALL IN THE HOME INSPECTOR?
A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Q. DO I HAVE TO BE THERE?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly, as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you've seen the property first-hand through the inspector's eyes.
Q. WHAT IF THE REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are found. If your budget is tight, or if you don't wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely important to you.
Q. IF THE HOUSE PROVES TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION, DID I REALLY NEED AN INSPECTION?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with your eyes open as to the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. You will also have learned many things about your new home from the inspector's written report, and will want to keep that information for future reference.
Q. DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION AND AN APPRAISAL?
(Bank, FHA, VA, HUD)
Yes, the home inspector and the appraiser are looking at the property from different points of view. The home inspector works for the person buying the property, and is there to point out any safety issues or negative aspects of the property that may be detrimental for the purchaser. The appraiser works for the financial institution and is looking at the property to make sure that it meets basic standards of habitability and to determine if the bank could sell the property again for the amount of the loan.
Note: Any qualified home inspector can inspect a property that is being purchased through FHA, HUD, or VA loan. (FHA, HUD and VA do not certify or license home inspectors to inspect the properties they are loaning on.)
Q. ARE HOME INSPECTORS LICENSED BY THE STATE?
Yes, the state of Ohio now has a licensing program. Crow Home Inspection, llc is licensed, and has been performing inspections in central Ohio since 2003.
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Not a franchise!
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