What needs to be done before your home inspection is
Before the inspection,
please read, review, and sign the home inspection. Payment
is required before the inspection, payable in cash or check.
What does a pre-inspection agreement look like?
online copy of the pre-inspection agreement you'll need to
review and sign before the inspection is begun.
How long does it take for a home inspection to be
Generally speaking, it
could range from two to four hours, or more, depending
on the size of the home, the type of defects, the weather,
and other conditions, like how much lighting there is, how
large a crawl space, etc. The most important thing to keep
in mind is the quality of the inspection and attention to
detail, which can sometimes take longer.
When will my
home inspection report be ready?
Normally, you should
have your report by the next business day. Reports for inspections done on Saturday may not be
completed until Monday, but every effort will be made
to provide your report to you as soon as possible.
What is included in the inspection?
A home inspection consists of a
visual observation of the home and includes:
Heat and air conditioning systems,
roofing, under floor area or basement, attics, functional flow and and
drainage of plumbing systems, electrical systems, issues with the grade
or guttering which may lead to water penetration of the home and damage
to the home. There are countless issues that can be found during a
proper home inspection that might be otherwise missed through a casual
observation. An inspection may show structural components where
deterioration has been found. Flashings that are improperly installed
are another issue a home inspection may uncover. This could cause major
water damage and deterioration to a roof system over time. In fact bad
flashing is one of the biggest culprits in the shortening of the roof's
lifespan as well as lack of the proper ventilation.
Decks, balconies, stoops, steps,
areaways, porches and applicable railings are also inspected as well as
eaves, soffits, and fascias. Other items include vegetation, grading,
drainage, driveways, patios, walkways, and retaining walls with respect
to their effect on the condition of the building.
After the inspection is complete
you will be provided a detailed report which will include image photos
of areas of concern. more on what is
included in your home inspection
Are there limits to
the home inspection?
there are areas that the inspector cannot see, such as behind
walls. Generally, home inspectors do not operate appliances
unless they are built into the home. There are certain types of roofs
that an inspector doesn't want to walk on because it may cause
damage to the roof covering, or it may be deemed too steep to
safely climb. In cases like this, inspectors rely on observing from
the ground with a pair of binoculars or climbing to the top
of the ladder and viewing from the sides.
Tennessee law does not
require an inspector to inspect for pests, like termites or
other wood destroying insects; however; if, while crawling
underneath the floor, I see obvious signs of termites, of
course, I will take photos and include that information in the
report. At that point, it becomes a job for a profession pest
To get a detailed idea
of the scope of a typical home inspection, please review the
inspection rules page. It details everything a
Tennessee inspector is required and not required to do
during an inspection.
Should I accompany
This is completely up
to you, but please keep a few things in mind. Please avoid
following the inspector into hazardous areas, like on rooftops or under the floor crawl spaces. Also please stand
a safe distance away when the inspector is inspecting the electrical panel, just in case
there are some unknown hazards awaiting. Generally, as far
as questions go, I welcome them; however, I prefer to take my
notes and photos back for review before I make final
comments as to whether a particular area of a home is
defective or not, which of course will be found in your
report. Keep in mind, anything can happen in a home
inspection. It wouldn't be too unusual for snakes, spiders,
or other strange critters to be stumbled upon from time to
time. If there are safety concerns with the structure itself,
it's better if your inspector finds them first. There have
been instances with other inspectors where an entire deck
has collapsed while the realtor and the client were walking
behind the inspector.
Will the inspection
find everything that's "wrong" with the home?
impossible to find every possible issue with a home
considering some issues can be behind walls, or may not be
showing any outward signs that can be seen during a visual
inspection. Please keep in mind, while we like to take as
much time as possible to inspect the home, time is limited.
Our primary focus is going to be health and safety first,
and second will be searching for defects that might be
potentially costly for the client.
Remember that we are
looking for signs of past problems that exist in the
present, but homes, like automobiles, can be fine today and
then run into issues the very next week. If a roof is
leaking and the sun is shining, the leak will not be seen,
but usually if the leak has been occurring for a while there
are signs that can be seen such as staining and
You may see areas of
concern mentioned in a typical report that you may have
never even considered.
Will you be able to
tell me if I should buy the property?
No. I'm sorry, but
that decision has to be up to you. All we can do is show you
defects in a property, but it's up to you to determine if
it's worth the price the buyer is asking.
How is a
"Pre-Listing" inspection different from a buyers inspection?
inspection helps the seller see the home through the eyes of
the buyer before putting the home on the market. It's
essentially the same report, but the seller is the client
instead of the buyer. This is an invaluable tool for the
seller. There may be defects that can be easily fixed that
could save discouraging the buyer after they have their own
home inspection performed.
What are the rules for home inspectors in Tennessee?
Can I contact you
with questions after I receive the report?
report will be as detailed as humanly possible, complete
with photos of defects, and in many cases there will be
arrows pointing toward defects that may be unclear in the
photos, but that being said, I welcome any questions you may
have about the report, or anything on the report that needs
Quality Home Inspections serves the East Tennessee area of
Roane, Loudon, Knox, Anderson, and Cumberland counties
which includes the cities of
Oliver Springs, Midtown,
Lenoir City, and