How long does a home inspection take?
- A typical inspection should take 2 to 4 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on.
- As a courtesy to sellers, we recommend that they be informed of the timeframe in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.
What do you look at?
- I inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior.
- My goal is to identify any existing major problems or safety issues that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase.
- If at all possible, I will go on the roof and into the crawlspaces to get an accurate picture of the current condition of the home.
How much does an inspection cost?
- The typical fee for an inspection is primarily based on the size of the home.
- Other factors such as age and location are also considered.
What is included in the fee?
- Complete home inspection.
- Comprehensive written home inspection report.
- Access to online Home Reference Materials.
Can I follow along?
- YES, PLEASE! I encourage you to stay near me throughout the entire inspection.
- The inspection is a valuable learning experience for most homebuyers and allows me to explain face-to-face what you will see in the written inspection report.
- You cannot climb up on the roof or into the attic or crawl spaces.
Do I have to take notes?
- You don't have to take notes during the inspection. I will document everything in a written report for you.
- It's also a great opportunity to learn and ask questions.
Can I ask questions?
- Absolutely! You may want to come with a list of questions.
- Or, you can just ask me as we go through the inspection.
What should I wear?
- You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 to 4 hours walking around the outside and through the inside of the home.
- You cannot climb on the roof or go into the attic or crawlspaces, so your clothes shouldn't get too dirty.
Can I bring my family?
- Bringing the family is NOT recommended.
- This is a technical evaluation and you should focus on the inspection that is being done on your behalf.
Do I get a written report? When?
- You do receive a written report. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things covered during a home inspection.
- The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home.
- It is sent to you within 24 hours after the completed inspection.
If it's really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house or tell us if we are paying too much?
- NO. My goal is to report on the condition of the house.
- Ultimately, it is your decision whether or not you buy the house.
- By law, home inspectors are prohibited from telling you if you should buy the house or the market value of the house.
Do you offer a warranty on the house?
- A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information. It's a little like getting a check-up from your doctor: It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty.
- Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house - they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don't leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved, or finishes are removed.
- I cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.
What are your qualifications?
- Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Wisconsin Accredited
- Graduate of American Home Inspection Training (AHIT)
- Licensed by the state of Wisconsin
- Member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
- Member of the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors (WAHI)
- Nation Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) coursework and exam to be qualified for radon testing
- I keep my skills current with continuing education programs through these professional organizations, networking and riding along with other inspectors and professionals, and by learning on my own.
How many days notice do I need to give you?
- I recommend that you allow at least 48 hours to arrange for a home inspection. In some cases, I may be able to do it sooner, but it depends on my schedule.
- You can check available times by:
What if I have a question or problem with the inspection at a later date?
My goal is to have satisfied customers. If something comes up later, contact me so I can look at the situation before any repairs or alterations are completed. I follow the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors standards which are spelled out in the inspection agreement.
Bravo Zulu Home Inspections, LLC does not collect personal information about individual users except when such personal information is provided to Bravo Zulu Home Inspections, LLC on a voluntary basis. The individual's personal information will not be sold or otherwise transferred to unaffiliated third parties without the approval of the user, except that Bravo Zulu Home Inspections, LLC reserves the right to disclose such personal information: (a) to its affiliates, subsidiaries and third party agents for purposes related to providing services associated with the inspection; or (b) if such disclosure is made pursuant to a requirement or request of a government agency, subpoena or other legal proceeding or otherwise required by law.