How long does a home inspection take?
On average, two to four hours. Usually we’re also spending about one to three hours analyzing the photos and writing the report back at the office. Beware of inspections that appear too quick or hurried, we also plan inspections to provide the time necessary not only to complete a thorough inspection but also to answer any questions you might have on site.
When are you available for inspections?
Usually, with a few days notice, we can book an inspection-sometimes earlier. Most of our clients are in a time-sensitive position and we do our utmost to help optimize the time (including appointments on the same day if possible). Our schedule fills up quickly so we advise you not to wait until the last minute to order your inspection, get it done early in the process to give you and the seller time to absorb the details in the report and make any required repairs.
What do you inspect?
- Foundation and support structure
- Roof systems
- Basement seepage
- Safety controls
- Water heater
- Water heater
- Electrical capacity and components
- Electrical panel and sub-panels
- Walks and driveways
- Built-in appliances
- Structural integrity
- Steps and stairs
- Heating system
- Central Air Conditioning system
- Plumbing System and Fixtures
- Garages, Carports, Workshops, or other external buildings
- Surface drainage
- Windows and doors
- Gutters and downspouts
- Sump pumps
Are you licensed?
Yes. Licensed by the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation as a Professional Home Inspector (#HI-8255). Always hire a licensed, certified and insured home inspector!
Can I attend the inspection?
YES – In fact we encourage you to be present for the Home Inspection. We like to show you any issues as we inspect and provide maintenance tips as well as show you any unique features about the home. You are welcome to be present for the entire home inspection or you can come towards the end for a summary. We understand that not everyone’s schedule allows them to be present. In those cases we will set aside time to discuss the report(s) after the client has had an opportunity to read over them. In addition we are always available after the inspection for any follow up calls or clarifications – our number one goal is your complete satisfaction!
When will I receive the report?
We strive to have the completed report to you the same business day but never longer than 24 hours after inspection. This additional time is required to review images and complete the written report. We usually take 150-200 pictures during your inspection and your report may only included 75-100 of them, reviewing pictures, videos and property research is needed to provide a complete accurate report – be wary of quick inspections that provide you a report at the time of inspection. You are about to make the largest investment of your life – this is NOT the time for a quick inspection.
Can a house fail an inspection?
There is no pass or fail, the inspection is for your informational purposes only. While it is true that a thorough home inspection may uncover areas of concern, some which may present costly repairs, a need for updates and improvements or future maintenance and upkeep challenges, the evaluation may also bring to light attractive and valuable assets which sometimes lie hidden under the surface. TruSpek Inspections gives clients peace of mind, allowing them to be confident in their buying decision.
How do I choose a good home inspector?
This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, most likely, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspection are a unique skill like no other. Professional inspectors have a keen instinct for problems. This instinct takes extensive training and years of experience to develop. We look at it this way – “A cardiologist may have gone to the best medical school but you don’t hire him to treat depression”.
Why can I have someone from my family who is handy or a contractor inspect my my new home?
Choosing a good Home Inspector is key. There are many out there so be sure to do your research first. Look for an inspector with extensive experience, certifications, credentials and insurance. Finding an Inspector that carries Errors and Omissions insurance is also important (as this is NOT a Florida requirement – but it should be).