Certified Home Inspection Services, LLC believes there are nine important questions you should have answered before you select your home inspector. If you have questions in addition to the 10 listed below, please type them in the comments section at the bottom of this page and we will address those as well. Make sure to include a return email address in the comments section in order that we can respond to you.
1. What does your inspection cover?
The inspection is conducted within the parameters of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) guidelines, which has been approved and recognized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a sufficient standard.
2. How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many inspections have you completed?
The company was started and legally incorporated in 2006 under Pennsylvania Corporation guidelines. We have exceeded 1200 inspections since our inception.
3. Are you specifically experienced in residential inspection?
As an ASHI Certified Inspector, I spent almost an entire year shadowing a Certified Inspector in completion of over 100 inspections. ASHI requirements require a passing grade on the National Home Inspectors examination and a minimal of 20 hours continuing education on an annual basis.
4. Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
ASHI regulations forbid an Inspector from performing repairs or other work on any residence they have inspected for a period of 1 year. This effectively eliminates areas of conflicting interests and results in a more objective analysis of any inspected property.
5. How long will the inspection take?
Three hours is the allowed time frame designate for an inspection of a single family dwelling.
6. How much will it cost?
Costs vary dramatically, depending on the level and type of inspection, the property floor area, property geographical location and the inspector’s qualifications. A typical range might be $325–$600, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Inspection cost does not necessarily reflect quality.
7. What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?
The Home Inspection Report is a computer generated pdf file that contains photos, diagrams, descriptions and recommendations. The report is completed and sent electronically upon completion. All attempts are made to forward the Report to the client on the day following the inspection.
Radon analysis requires a 48 hour testing period which may or may not conclude at the inspection. This report will be sent within hours after completion of the test.
8. Will I be able to attend the inspection?
This is a valuable educational opportunity, and an inspector's refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.
9. Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association?
I am, and have been since the inception of the business, a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors, which is the oldest and largest association in terms of membership participation. Membership is predicated on continuing education hours, verification that members are not involved in legal disputes or litigation processes as well as successful completion of the National Home Inspectors Examination. I am also accredited as a “Certified Radon Testing Individual” by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection. Anyone performing radon testing is required to be Certified and should be able to provide verification of such.