FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO WE HAVE TO ATTEND THE INSPECTION?
No. Clients do not have to be at the inspection. Although we strongly recommend you attend if possible. Being at the home inspection enables you to learn first hand about the house. If it is not possible for you to attend, dont worry, we can always review your report over the phone and make sure all your questions are answered.
ARE YOU A TMLS MEMBER?
Yes. As a TMLS member, I can schedule inspections through Centralized showings and access lock box codes.
WHAT PARTS OF THE HOUSE DO YOU INSPECT?
We inspect to the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board Standards of Practice which can be found here. This includes all the major systems and components of the house.
DO YOU INSPECT SEPTIC TANKS?
No. In North Carolina, only a septic tank contractor can inspect a septic tank and drain field. These are very important items to inspect. Referrals are available upon request.
HOME INSPECTION MYTHS
THERE IS NO REAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INSPECTORS:
Experience, knowledge and thoroughness vary from inspector to inspector. A person is not qualified as a home inspector just because he or she claims the title-or even if they’re certified; in fact, some states don’t even require that an inspector have a license. Therefore, it is important to do your homework when evaluating home inspectors. Be sure to visit their website and also give them a call to talk. Ask about what services they provide and how much experience they have in the industry. Not all home inspectors are created equal and it is up to the client to do their research and find a good one.
A HOME INSPECTOR IS ONLY LOOKING OUT FOR THE SELLER OR REALTOR:
The Truth: A home inspector’s primary responsibility is to look out for their client. An inspector’s job is to inform the client of the condition of the home with facts. Some people may be uncomfortable with using a home inspector that has been recommended by their Realtor, especially if they do not know their Realtor very well. This is understandable and why everyone should do their own research to find the best home inspector possible for their inspection. It may turn out that the inspector recommended by the Realtor is the best option, or they may find one they feel more comfortable with. Ultimately the choice comes down to the client and it is up to them to make the right choice.
THE HOME IS NEW AND I DON”T NEED AN INSPECTION:
The Truth: Home builders have to meet the minimum requirements of the building code in existence at the time the home is built, but those are minimum requirements and may not reflect the manufacturer’s recommendations. There are also many times home builders take short cuts to save money or speed up a project. Having an inspection completed by a home inspector before closing can help uncover issues that may exist, and provide a homeowner with peace of mind. Furthermore, like everyone else, home builders make mistakes, and some of these can be very costly for the home owner in the long run.