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Frequently Asked Questions

  How long does it take to perform a Home Inspection?
Should I be present at the Home Inspection?
Is it necessary for the seller to be present?
Is there anything I can do to prepare for the inspection?
What if the report reveals problems?
If the report is good, did I really need a Home Inspection?
Can a home "fail" an inspection?
Can I perform the Home Inspection myself? 
Do you give appraisals, contractor references or other services?

How long does it take to perform a Home Inspection?
On the average a single family home will take approximately 3 to 4 hours depending on size, condition, age, type and complexity of the structure being inspected. 

Should I be present at the Home Inspection?
It is not imperative for you to be present for the inspection, but I strongly encourage your participation. Full value can be gained by following the inspector around the house; by observing and asking questions; and by receiving a "mini maintenance" course during the inspection which may prevent costly future problems. If problems are uncovered these can be discussed along with possible solutions and rough verbal cost estimates.

Is it necessary for the seller to be present?
Providing all utilities are operational and access can be gained to all areas the seller need not be present. However, the normal routine of the seller's family will not be interrupted as I am experienced at being discreet while performing a thorough inspection.
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Is there anything I can do to prepare for the inspection?
Yes. It is state law in Massachusetts that certain information be disclosed to the buyer by the seller. Go to the our Downloadable Documents page and open the "Sellers Statement". Print it out and have the owner fill it out before the inspection. The answers to these questions could greatly enhance and affect the inspection process on the day of the inspection.
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What if the report reveals problems?
If the inspector finds fault in a home, it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't buy it, only that you will know in advance what type of repairs to anticipate. A seller may be willing to renegotiate the purchase price because of significant problems discovered in an inspection. If your budget is very tight, or if you don't wish to become involved in future repair work, you may decide that this is not the house for you. The choice is yours.
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If the report is good, did I really need a Home Inspection?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with peace of mind about the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. You may also have learned a few things about your new home from the inspector's report, and will want to keep that information for future reference. Above all, you can feel assured that you are making a well-informed decision.
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Can a home "fail" an inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of repair immediately or in the near future.
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Can I perform the Home Inspection myself? 
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and experience of a professional home inspector who has inspected thousands of homes in his career. A professional inspector is equally familiar with all the elements of home construction and with the proper installation, maintenance and interrelationships of those elements. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may lead to a poor assessment.

Remember, the bank's appraisal is not a home inspection. Appraisers do not thoroughly check the components of a home and are not trained to inspect the structural, mechanical and electrical condition of a building.

It is also important to avoid the well meaning friend or relative. These people can overlook a serious defect or exaggerate a minor problem beyond proportion, which may discourage you from buying a perfectly sound home.
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Do you give appraisals, contractor references or other services? 
I do not perform repair work, appraisals or comment on the price or value of a home. Neither do I have any affiliations with construction, home repair or heating companies. I am not involved in the real estate marketing business and have no agreements with any real estate brokers. 

I am a full time, independent professional home inspection company offering inspections directly to the public for their information and protection. I feel that I offer the most complete and thorough home inspection available. I base my reputation on my knowledge, integrity and objectivity.
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