Q: How long will the inspection take?
A: Normally 2-3 hours, depending on size. It will take longer the larger the home.
Q: Will you tell me how much it will cost to “fix things”?
A: Massachusetts regulations forbid home inspectors from quoting prices. This also includes ‘ball park figures’. What I will do is direct you to the appropriate tradesmen who can answer those questions.
Q: Will you pass or fail the home?
A: No. The purpose of the inspection is not for me to ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ any home. The purpose is to provide you with an individual analysis of certain components of the home. Based on those findings, you must decide for yourself whether the home has passed or failed the standards you expect for your money.
Q: Do I need to, or is it required to conduct a radon test?
A: There is no requirement to conduct a radon test. Radon is a known carcinogen in the right quantities and exposure times. I generally recommend the test be conducted for all single family or multi family homes as well as basement or 1st floor condos. Essentially, the closer to ground level you live, the better the idea to test. Many misconceptions about radon exist, so ask your inspector for details. If you’re still in doubt, I’ll simplify the issue by saying this: If you had high levels of radon in your expected home, would you want to know? If the answer is yes, then test.
Q: Should I be present at the inspection?
A: If it is possible, you should be present. You’ll learn a lot more about your expected purchase if you are there. However, I certainly understand this is not always possible. I’m available to answer any questions regarding the inspection via phone.
Q: Should the seller be present at the inspection?
A: As a rule of thumb, I rarely allow a seller to follow us during the inspection. There are numerous reasons for this but I’ll simplify the issue by calling it a conflict of interest. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but if they’re healthy enough to leave, kindly work out with the seller to be absent while we work.