Frequently Asked Questions
What does a home inspection include?
A. The generalized home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of only the accessible areas of a residential building. It is conducted to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by the Scope of Practice. The Scope of Practice is the standard, and is accepted, and generic to the Home Inspection industry nationwide. The scope of work between the Client and the Inspector may be modified by the Client and Inspector prior to the inspection process.
What is the Scope of Practice?
A. The Scope of Practice consists of the following building systems: Exterior, Roof, Structure, Plumbing, Electrical, Heating & Air Conditioning, Interior, Insulation & Ventilation, Fireplace & stoves, Site & Drainage (Washington State Administrative Code 308-408). The state code Home Inspectors are required to follow, further explains limitations, unsafe conditions and material defects identified during the course of an inspection.
Why do I need you? I can do this….
A. Yes you can; however, “licensed” Home Inspectors are recognized by the State of Washington for their level of training and experience. Home inspectors have a process for observing building systems and make a thorough and accurate survey in a few hours. When you hire a home inspector, you get a comprehensive review.
Do I have to be there when the home is inspected?
A .It is not required you be present during the inspection, and yet, we highly recommend you be present on site for safety and security purposes. We highly recommend your Inspector brief you on the building highlights, and walk through points of interest upon completion of the site visit. This will greatly benefit your decision making. The Inspector will generate a formal report for your private use.
What if the home needs to be demolished?
A. Home Inspectors are not Building Inspectors, and are not required to quote IRC (International Residential Code). The Home Inspector generates a “punch list” of issues that exist in the 10 building systems identified in the Scope of Practice. The purpose is to identify characteristics of the property that require minor or major repairs, not to “pass” or “fail” the home based upon code violations.
How long does a home inspection take?
A.Time on site varies depending on the size and condition of the home, but the average home inspection is approximately three to five hours.
Who fixes the discrepancies discovered?
A.The responsible party can choose to hire a licensed contractor to complete repairs. The Home Inspector identifies issues in the building (or property) for repair or further evaluation by a specialized technician. The Home Inspector does not perform repairs.
Do all discrepancies identified require immediate repair?
A.The responsible party may not be required to fix any problems discovered in the home inspection. Once again, the purpose of the inspection is simply to inform, you, the client of the condition of the property. You may use this report in your negotiation process, in requiring further repairs, or in lowering the price to compensate for material damages.