Owner, Erin Evans, discusses home inspections with Trent and Ethan of Keith Realty.
Why should I consider having a home inspection?
Buying a home is probably one of the most important purchases you will make in your lifetime, so you should be sure that the home you buy is not hiding any costly unforeseen expenses. A home inspection is an evaluation of a home’s condition of visual components by a trained expert. Although the future can not always be foreseen a qualified inspector should be able to identify issues that may present themselves.
Why choose an ASHI inspector?
American Society of Home Inspectors go through rigorous background checks and are held to a higher standard in practice, ethics, and education. No matter which inspector you choose, please consider supporting a member of ASHI. Visit the ASHI website to learn more.
What is the difference between buyer inspections and seller inspections?
Buyer Inspections: Recommended for anyone interested in purchasing a property. Working with a qualified inspector gains you the knowledge to make an informed decision about your purchase.
Seller Inspections: A pre-sale inspection is a smart choice for those interested in listing a property on the market. Allow me to educate you about any issues big or small prior to listing the home. We want to help maximize the sell of your property and reduce the potential for surprises that might arise from the closing process. A seller inspection is recommended for those wanting to speed up the closing of the sale.
Why test for radon?
It’s estimated that 1 in 3 homes in Indiana contain unsafe levels of radon gas. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that has no taste or smell. It’s also the leading cause of lung cancer death in non-smokers. Schedule a test to be performed alongside your inspection and have peace of mind that your home is safe. For more information, check out the State of Indiana Radon Fact Sheet.
How long does the home inspection take?
The average time I spend conducting an inspection is approximately 3 hours. It might take a little longer depending on the age and size of the home, the amount of mechanical components, and the number of outbuildings. There is also time for questions to be asked before, during, and after the inspection process.
Do I have to be present for the inspection?
No, but it’s recommended that you participate so you can learn about your potential new property and tips on how to maintain it. It’s also nice to be able to ask any questions that you might have in person so we are able to look at it and discuss it first hand. Any other questions may be answered over the phone during business hours or via email. Do not hesitate to contact with any questions you may have.
When will I receive my report? Who else sees it?
You are my client and therefore the only one in which the report belongs. If you wish other parties to receive a copy of the report please provide me with that information when signing the agreement contract. Most reports will be sent as a PDF via email the same evening. All reports will be sent within 24 hours unless otherwise indicated.