Frequently Asked Questions
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How much does a home inspection cost?
The price of a home inspection depends on several factors such as the size of the home, age of the home, location, foundation type, and the additional optional services you choose. Please contact your WIN Home Inspector to get a quote for your home inspection.
Is it safe to buy an older home without a professional inspection?
Buying an older home without a professional inspection is not recommended. A professional inspection helps identify hidden issues, ensures your safety, and can save you from future costly repairs, ultimately, giving you peace of mind.
As buyers, what are some tips for house inspection?
To ensure a comprehensive evaluation of a potential home purchase, hire a professional inspector with relevant certifications and attend the inspection in person. Focus on assessing the structural elements, checking for water damage and mold, evaluating the electrical and plumbing systems, and inspecting the HVAC system. Review the detailed inspection report, seeking clarification on any unclear points.
What should I expect to see in the home inspection report?
All WIN home inspection reports are detailed, easy to read and include pictures of every area of the home. Any findings during the inspection are outlined in the inspection report and delivered to you via email within 24 hours.
How long does a home inspection take?
2-3 hours on average. The time it takes to complete a Full Home Inspection depends on a number of factors including the home’s square footage, if any additional buildings or areas are being inspected, and if additional services are being provided. On average, a 2,000 square foot home takes roughly 2-3 hours to inspect.
The home is being sold "AS-IS," do I still need a home inspection?
Yes! While you may not get your home inspection during the sale, it’s critical that you understand the home you purchased. A Post-Close Inspection will still inspect more than 300+ items in the home including the roof, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and interior and exterior features, just after you have purchased the home. A Post-Close Inspection can help you understand if the home needs any maintenance or repairs and can help you develop a mitigation plan.
Why is a pre-purchase home inspection essential?
A pre-purchase home inspection is essential to uncover hidden issues, assess the property's overall condition, and ensure health and safety, as well as assist in future planning for repairs and maintenance. As a buyer of a new home, you are often unaware of the history of the home and a home inspection can help shed some light so you can make an informed decision.
What are some home inspection tips for buyers?
To ensure a comprehensive evaluation of a potential home purchase, hire a professional inspector with relevant certifications and attend the inspection in person. Focus on assessing the structural elements, checking for water damage and mold, evaluating the electrical and plumbing systems, and inspecting the HVAC system. Review the detailed inspection report, seeking clarification on any unclear findings.
How do I schedule an appointment online?
To schedule an appointment online, click here. Start by searching the zip code of the property you need inspected and select a date and time that works for you. After you submit your inspection request, your WIN home inspector will contact you to confirm your booking and gather any additional information needed. It’s that simple!
Is radon testing really necessary when buying a home?
Exposure to radon accounts for about 21,000 deaths from lung cancer each year. That’s why radon testing is crucial when buying a home due to the associated health risks, variations in radon levels, cost-effectiveness, availability of mitigation options, and the peace of mind it offers. Getting a radon test for your home can make informed decisions regarding the purchase and take necessary steps to ensure a safe living environment.
Should I consider a Full Home Inspection when buying a home?
It is highly recommended that interested home buyers get a Full Home Inspection to gain a better understanding of the home they are looking to purchase. A Full Home Inspection can make your aware of any key issues that may need to be addressed and so you can budget accordingly, make an informed decision, and ultimately, gain confidence in your home purchase.
What do home inspectors look for?
Our home inspectors are trained to look at 300+ areas of the home that could potentially affect its condition and safety. During an inspection, they thoroughly assess various aspects of the property, including the structural components, electrical systems, plumbing, HVAC systems, roofing, insulation, and much more.
Should the buyer be present during the home inspection?
While it is not mandatory for the buyer to be present at the inspection, buyers who attend should use this time wisely to measure the space, take any photos they need and learn about their new home. WIN home inspectors are happy to answer any questions the buyer may have when the inspection is complete.
Where can I see a sample report?
To view our sample inspection report, click here.
I’m in the process of buying a house, when do I get a home inspection?
Once your offer is accepted and you are officially under contract, it’s time to schedule your home inspection. Every contract is different, so it’s important to book your home inspection accordingly, however, in most cases, the home inspection needs to occur during the contingency period. When you’re ready, contact your local WIN home inspector to get scheduled.
Do you serve clients other than home buyers, homeowners and home sellers, like renters and property investors?
Yes! We offer our essential inspection services to all clients. Renters love to take advantage of our Move-In Inspection to gain valuable information about the condition of the property they’re moving into. Investors rely on our Commercial Inspection to help them make a wise decision about a property investment. Moreover, all our clients can reap the benefits of our health, safety and maintenance services, such as Mold Air Test, Infrared (IR) Scan, Sewer Scope Inspection, and more!
Can I book health or safety services as standalone services without a full inspection?
Absolutely! Our health, safety and maintenance services can easily be booked without a Full Home Inspection. Contact your local WIN home inspector for more information.
Does WIN have trusted vendors who they recommend for maintenance and repairs?
Each WIN Home Inspection location is individually owned and operated. While WIN does not engage in partnerships that are a conflict of interest for our clients, many of our inspectors work with local professionals who they trust and recommend to clients.
How can I see if there’s a WIN home inspector in my area?
You can search for a WIN home inspector near you using your zip code. Simply enter your zip code.
Does WIN offer discounts for veterans and first responders?
Each WIN Home Inspection location is individually owned and operated, discounts may vary and may not be available. Contact your WIN home inspector and ask about what discounts may be available!