Home Inspection FAQs
1. What exactly is a home inspection?
A home inspection means a visual, functional, non-invasive inspection conducted for a fee or any other consideration and performed without moving personal property, furniture, equipment, plants, soil, snow, ice, or debris, using the mandatory equipment and including the preparation of a home inspection report of the readily-accessible elements of the following components of a residential dwelling:
Insulation & Ventilation
Fireplaces and fuel burning appliances
2. Why hire Outlet Home Inspections?
Ahmed is a Home Inspector that is also an active Professional Engineer (PE). Specifically a Civil Engineer; giving you a more comprehensive evaluation while conducting the home inspection. Also, Ahmed does not overbook home inspections as he likes to take his time to ensure nothing is missed. He will explain all of his findings while he walks around (small or big), which is why he urges you to be present during the inspection. Lastly the inspection report is broken down in the simplest of terms with pictures focusing on the location of the findings and tailored to every unique home. View or download a copy of a sample report here.
3. What distinguishes a Professional Engineer - Home Inspector?
Engineers are licensed by the state in which they practice. At a minimum, they have completed an accredited, engineering program, 4 years of work under the direction of other engineers, and have passed a much higher level of comprehensive examinations. To better understand the extensive application process, click here.
4. How long does it take to complete a home inspection?
A typical home inspection will take between 2 to 3 hours. However various criteria may increase or decrease the time of the inspection such as:
Size and age of home
Condition of home
Accessibility of components
Normally the home inspector will be able to give you an estimate of the amount time needed after gathering a few details.
5. How long does it take to complete a home inspection report?
The report will be generated and sent to the client within 48-72 hrs or prior.
6. Should the client be present during the home inspection?
Although it is not necessary it is highly recommended. Walking through with your home inspector you will be able to visually see any issues identified and ask any questions you may have prior to purchasing the home. This is one of the most important investments of your lifetime, it is important to make every effort to make sure it is the right one.
7. Can a house fail a home inspection?
A home inspection should not be thought as a pass or fail process. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement. It also gives you an idea of maintenance that will be expected of you.
8. When should I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Usually this occurs after the attorney review process. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
9. What is the purpose of the home inspection report?
No house is perfect. The home inspector will identify and explain the issues during the home inspection. Afterwards a home inspection report is generated summarizing the issues found and actions that should be taken.
10. How much does a home inspection cost?
A home inspection varies based on a few elements, mostly driven by size of home and age of home. Home inspections will start at a base fee of $400.00. We understand that purchasing a home is a heavy burden and comes with a high cost. We take pride in offering fair, competitive pricing without any hidden fees, click here to learn more. Lets have a conversation, give us a call to get an official quote.
11. What is Radon Gas?
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that is released in rock, soil, and water. You can’t see radon and you can’t smell it or taste it. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other penetrations in the foundation. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. Click here, to learn more.
12. Does Outlet Home Inspections test for Radon Gas?
Yes! The home inspector is a licensed Radon Technician and can conduct radon tests as well. Call to acquire about prices. The radon inspection is normally discounted with the home inspection fee as an added benefit and discount.
13. What areas does Outlet Home Inspections cover?
Outlet home inspections cover four major counties in Northern NJ, including Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Union County. Major cities include Jersey City, Newark, Elizabeth, Hackensack, North Bergen, Bayonne, Fort Lee, Kearny, etc. Do not see your city listed, no worries give us a call as we are flexible and do not mind traveling.