Home Inspection FAQ
+What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective, unbiased, visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected can be compared to giving it a physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend correction or further evaluation by a specialist in that system. It is often, but not always, connected to a real estate transaction. 95% of all residential real estate transactions nowadays include a home inspection in the process.
+What does the general home inspection include?
The inspection aims to give a broad picture of the home as a whole. All the major systems of the house are visually inspected when they are accessible to include the roof system, structure, foundation, electrical system, plumbing system, HVAC system, insulation, interior condition, and much more.
+What is the process of an inspection?
First, you will need to schedule the inspection appointment either by Phone (701-741-2075), our online scheduler, or email. We highly recommend you contact us to schedule the inspection as soon as your purchase agreement is signed to avoid scheduling conflicts. Then notify your realtor and he or she will arrange the appointment with the other party. On the day of the inspection, the inspector will arrive at the property and start the inspection, which will take 2-4 hours to complete. After the inspection is complete, the inspector will do a walk-through with you and explain any items that require attention. Then payment will be taken on site. After the inspection, a detailed and thorough PDF inspection report will be prepared and emailed to you, normally within 24 hours.
+Should I attend the inspection?
While it is not necessary for you to be present for the walk-through following the inspection, it is highly recommended. The walk-through will allow the inspector to point out concerns in person, and give you a chance to look around and ask any questions you may have. If you are not able to make it, the detailed inspection report, containing photos and recommendations, will give you a good look into the inspection. A post-inspection phone interview can be arranged as well.
+How and when do I pay for the inspection?
Payment with check, cash, or credit card is accepted. There is a 3.5% processing fee added to credit card transactions. We can email you an invoice to pay before the inspection, or you can bring payment with you to the walk-through at the inspection.
+What happens if the house fails inspection?
The home inspection is not a pass/ fail inspection. The goal of the inspection is to point out any major defects to you, to assist you in gaining a better understanding of the home, and to help you manage risk in the purchasing process. We do not pass or fail the home. Every home, even new construction, will have defects of some degree. Most defects are repairable at different levels. It is up to you to decide what is important to you after you receive the inspection report.
+What is the difference between a home inspector and an appraiser?
An appraiser will usually spend less than 1 hour in the property and give you his/her professional opinion on the market value of the property by viewing the general condition of the property and comparing to adjacent properties. A home inspector will usually spend more than 2 hours in the property and give you a complete physical assessment of the building system and components.