Home Inspection Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Q: Why use our services?
A: The purchase of a new home is one of the single most costly investments that a family will make. Along with the stresses of the purchase process, there is also the fear factor of, “Will this home stand the test of time?” It is important to know what you are getting for your money.
A home inspection is a thorough visual and limited operational assessment of the components and systems within the home. The inspector will help you determine not only the current condition of the home, but will also help to foresee any additional issues that may arise without proper maintenance.
Q: Why can’t I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor inspect my new home?
A: This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. For instance, a roofing contractor will not know the proper operation of the air-conditioning and heating system. Professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other. Professional inspectors get what we call an inspector’s instinct for problems. That instinct takes extensive training and lots of experience doing inspections to develop. Many contractors, and other trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.
Q: What if I have questions after the inspection?
A: You can call us and discuss all the aspects of your new home whenever you like. Our service is a long-term investment.
Q: How do I choose a home inspector?
A: Call and ask about their credentials and experience. If for some reason you don’t feel comfortable asking this of the inspector when speaking with them on the phone then how will you feel asking questions at the inspection? You must feel that the inspector is qualified, experienced and attentive of your needs. The state of Florida requires home inspectors to be licensed and they must complete continuing education credits to keep their knowledge of the industry current and to maintain licensure. To help you determine the inspector’s level of professionalism, you can check to see if he is a member of any professional organizations such as the Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI) or the National Association of Certified Building Inspectors (NACHI) or a number of others you can easily find online. These organizations provide continuing education and information on changes in inspection requirements.
Advanced Engineering, Contracting & Inspections has completed thousands of inspections on a wide variety of residential and commercial properties. Our company provides residential inspections to all of Brevard County and parts of Indian River, Orange and Volusia Counties. We are available five days a week to provide our clients with a quality home inspection. We specialize in pre-purchase inspections for homebuyers but we also provide pre-listing inspections for home sellers and maintenance inspections for all homeowners.
- Pre-Purchase Home Inspections: Homebuyers need a professional inspection so that they can learn the true condition of the home they are planning to purchase. No home is perfect and our quality home inspection can provide the valuable information necessary to make an informed purchase decision. The inspection cost is small compared to the potential cost incurred of repairs to hidden defects that existed but were not detected by the buyer. The peace of mind that is gained by knowing the true condition of the property is priceless.
- Pre-Listing Home Inspections: Home sellers can use a home inspection to find items in need of servicing or repair before putting their home on the market. A home that is in top condition is easier to market and attracts better offers. Making repairs in advance helps reduce the stresses for everyone involved with the negotiation and closing process.
- Maintenance Inspections: If you have owned your home for several years a home inspection can provide you with valuable information about needed repairs and necessary maintenance. All homes need regular maintenance and a thorough inspection can help protect the value of one of your largest investments. If no problems are found you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are keeping up with the maintenance needs of your home.
A home inspection is a visual examination of the accessible components of a home from the foundation to the roof. Our professional home inspection can identify non-functioning systems, damaged building components, safety issues, and items that are approaching the end of their service life. A home inspection is not a warranty, insurance program, appraisal, or municipal code compliance check, but it is a tool to assist you in understanding the condition of a home and to help reduce the risk of unanticipated expenses.
Our typical home inspection takes about 3 hours to complete. We encourage all clients to attend the inspection so you can see the inspection process, learn about the home, and ask any questions you may have. After the inspection we take the information we have collected and prepare a comprehensive report that is easy to read and understand on the condition of the home. Reports are delivered electronically as a PDF file with many color photos of the issues found. All prices are based on the total square footage of the home and begin as low as $239.00. We also inspect condominiums and 2, 3 and 4 plex units. Our company will also include at no additional charge, the necessary insurance reports to expedite obtaining homeowner’s insurance and any discounts that you are entitled to. Call or email us today and we will be happy to send you a sample report or set an appointment for your inspection.
We hope that the information given here has answered all of your questions regarding a home inspection and that you can see the value of having this service provided before making your big investment!