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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an inspection?

What is included in a whole house inspection?

Do I need to attend the inspection?

What are your qualifications?

How long will the inspection take?

How much advance notice is needed?

How much does the inspection cost & how do your prices compare?

What type of report will I receive?

Can I do the inspection myself?

What should I do to prepare for the inspection?

What should I do after the inspection?

I have a question not listed?


Do I need an inspection?

The answer is NO! At least not in the sense that there is any law or requirement that you have one.

Our inspection package provides you with knowledge about the status of the major and minor systems of the home. It provides details relating to the types and integrity of the structural components, construction methods, ages of systems and equipment, operational function of items and components of the home, areas of potential problems, and recommendations for the future. It provides peace of mind ensuring you that when you move into your new home you are aware of its current condition, good or bad, and gives you the needed confidence that you are making an intelligent and informed decision about your home purchase.

So in the sense that these are items that are important to you to help protect your investment then the answer is YES!  Top


What is included in a whole house inspection?

A whole house inspection includes a visual inspection of the foundation, the interior & exterior structural & finish components, electrical system, plumbing system, heat & air components, the roof, and drainage/grading around the home.

We will check all of the above systems as thoroughly as possible; operating all plumbing and mechanical systems, checking for cracks and movement in the foundation or brickwork, looking for wood damage and decay, checking the roof inside and out, looking for broken windows or window seals, opening electrical panels, checking switches and outlets; entering the crawlspace to check framing, piping, ductwork, etc, just to name a few of the specifics.

Besides the inspection itself our whole house inspection includes a verbal report upon completion and two written follow-up reports (a full detail homeowner's report and a condensed repair report). A low cost follow-up inspection to verify repairs is available.

It is our goal to provide you as much information as possible about the property you are purchasing so that you can feel comfortable and confident with the investment you are making.  Top


Do I need to be there?

It is not absolutely necessary for you to be at the inspection. We prefer that you are there, so we can give you a verbal report of our findings and discuss any issues with you on site, but we are always available for phone or e-mail consultations and revisits to the property if necessary.  Top


Are we qualified?

We have had over 25 years residential and commercial experience and we are licensed, bonded, and insured to inspect property in the state of Oklahoma. We are certified members of ORCIA (Oklahoma Residential and Commercial Inspection Association)  We are also a licensed certified applicator through the ODAFF and are qualified to inspect, treat, and provide the necessary closing paperwork (termite certificate), for wood destroying insects and organisms. Top


How long will it take?

The size and age of the home are the determining factors in how long the actual inspection will take. The larger the home the longer an inspection will take. Older homes of the same size will take more time as they are generally built on a crawlspace and we will enter the crawlspace to inspect the structure, piping, floor furnaces, ductwork, etc... An inspection typically takes between 2 to 3 hours. We utilize multiple inspectors to minimize the time whenever possible  Top


How much advance notice is needed?

The time between contract and closing can be very short. We are aware of this and do whatever we can to work with you. If your schedule is flexible we can usually get your property inspected with 48 hours notice; if however you need a specific time or day more advance notice will be needed. We offer week-end inspections at no additional charge.  Top


What does an inspection cost and how do your prices compare?

The total inspection cost is generally dependent upon the size and age of the home. Larger homes cost more as there are more structural components, more plumbing, electric, more bathrooms and fixtures, etc. Older homes cost more due to crawl spaces, archaic systems, historical issues, etc. Any age home can have a well, sprinkler system, or need a termite inspection. To find out the specific cost of inspecting your potential home visit our Pricing page and put together your custom package. We publish our rates to help you simplify your search for an inspection company. Our prices may not be the lowest, but we know that when you compare you will see that we offer an exceptionally high quality service at a very reasonable price. If after comparing you feel you can get better value elsewhere call and let us know. If there is anything we can do to meet your needs and expectations we want to try. We want to be your inspection company!   Top


What about the report?

Within 2 days you will have a full written report, in a narrative style, detailing our findings of necessary repair items, safety issues, and general information regarding your intended home. We use digital photography to document our findings and include pictures of pertinent items in the written report which, depending on the home, may be 25 to 40 pages in length. We also include a smaller written repair report (2-3 pages) which is ideal to pass along to agents, repair persons, or other involved parties. We deliver the reports by mail, fax, e-mail, or through our website.  Top


Can I do the inspection myself?

There is nothing mystical or magical about a home inspection. Home inspectors can't see through walls or predict the future. You use a home inspector for your home purchase the same way you would use a mechanic to work on your car or a doctor to check you when you are ill...... because they are the experts. What a home inspector can do is bring in a wealth of training, knowledge, and experience to help you determine the facts about your new home. As a professional the home inspector is not subject to, or side-tracked by, the emotionalism that is often associated with buying and selling a home and he is more able to objectively report on the conditions at the time of the inspection.  Top


How do I prepare for the inspection?

Your real estate agent will assist you but it may be that you will handle the scheduling of the inspection. Set aside a time period that is convenient for you, the buyer, the agents, and whoever else might need to be at the inspection. Convey to the seller that the whole house inspection requires access to all areas of the home, this includes closets, cabinets, pantries, bathrooms, the garage, etc.... everything including the kitchen sink. Tell them the dishwasher will be run during the inspection so if they want to load it up before we get there that's great.  Personal items and storage are not moved during the inspection so it is important that furnace and water heater closets, electrical panels, attic entrances, and crawl spaces not be blocked. Items that are blocked or covered cannot be inspected. Determine if there are additional items that you want inspected that may not be included in the whole house inspection such as a sprinkler system, a pool or spa, a termite inspection. A copy of the disclosure statement on the home is always helpful especially if there are problems noted. Notify your inspector about any pets that may be on the premises and any special precautions that may be needed. Come with a list of questions or ask questions as the inspection progresses. This is your inspection and the inspector is working for you.  Top


What should I do after the inspection?

Review your reports thoroughly and ask questions of the inspector if clarification is needed. The report should list any items that are in need of repair/replacement. Be sure all of your concerns about the home are addressed in the written report.  Sometimes repair costs exceed the monies that have been set aside for repairs and you may be forced to make some decisions. Work with your agent to plan your next move. Your report gives you knowledge and how you chose to use that knowledge is up to you. If repairs are done, take advantage of our free follow-up inspection to ensure that they were done properly.   Top