Questions About Your Home Inspection?

If you have a question, you may find the answer below.  If you don’t see what you are looking for, please contact us and we will respond in less than 24 hours.

1. How much does a home inspection cost?

The fee for most homes will be between $375 and $425.  Larger homes are generally $50 more per 1000 square feet.  Additional outbuildings can also be inspected at your request for an additional charge.  Please contact us for a definitive quote.

2.  Why should I get a home inspection?

If you are a seller, having your home inspected can alert you to potential problems that might arise during a sale.  If you are a buyer, a few hundred dollars for an inspection could save you thousands in costly repairs that might otherwise be overlooked.  It is your best way to protect what is for most people their largest investment.

3. How is Hitchman Home Inspections, LLC different?

Hitchman Home Inspections, LLC gives you a great value for your inspection dollar.  Even though home inspections are “visual,” it can often require significant effort to thoroughly inspect all areas of a home, such as tight crawl spaces, vaulted ceilings, or challenging attics.  Tom Hitchman is athletic and fit enough to make that extra effort to see everything that can safely and reasonably be seen.

Our home inspections are thorough and complete.  Tom treats all customers like family and faithfully and conscientiously reports what he sees in a calm and reassuring manner.  You will know what Tom knows by the end of the inspection, and won’t be on pins and needles waiting for the written report.  The written report will detail the condition of the property at the time of the inspection, and let you know what is important using photos of what we observe.

4. How long does a typical inspection take?

Depending on the size and condition of the home, expect a full home inspection to take 2 to 3 hours on site. During this time, home inspectors look at all systems in the home, making notes and taking lots of pictures. During a walk-through with the client, the inspector will give a verbal report outlining the main findings. The written report in the form of a PDF file will be emailed to the client.

5. Who receives a copy of the inspection report?

We send the inspection report directly to you and no one else.  You paid for the report and it belongs to you, although with your permission we can send it to your agent.  You are under no obligation to share it with your agent or anyone else, but you are free to do so if you wish. The decision is yours.

6. Do I need to be present during the inspection?

It is not necessary to be present for the full inspection. It is very highly recommended, however, that you at least attend for a walkthrough with the inspector at the end of the inspection.

7. I’m selling my house and the potential purchaser has arranged a home inspection. What should I do in preparation?

Home inspectors can only look at places to which they have access. Make sure no large areas are blocked by furniture or packing boxes, make sure the attic is accessible and all doors are unlocked. Make sure all utilities are turned on and that pilot lights are lit. Ensure that all appliances such as ovens, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers have power.

8. Can you find problems that have been “hidden” by the homeowner?

We rarely find homeowners intentionally try to deceive potential purchasers. It is far more common for homeowners to be unaware of problems that are not visible to the naked eye. Hitchman Home Inspections inspectors are experienced in detecting evidence of recent cosmetic improvements that could be an attempt to disguise trouble areas.

9. Can you recommend tradespeople to do any needed repairs?

We can provide you with a list of qualified tradespeople who have good reputations around the city. However, it is your responsibility to select any individuals you wish to employ.

10. Can you tell me what repairs will cost?

The cost of repairs is impossible to determine until a qualified tradesperson has looked at the situation. For that reason, we recommend that you call on them if you have concerns about costs. Reading your Home Inspection Report will, however, give you an idea of the seriousness of any defects we find.

11. Do you offer any type of inspection warranty?

A home inspection is not a warranty against any kind of present or future problem. After you receive your written report, we will be happy to discuss it with you by phone or in person and go through it to answer any questions you may have.  Our inspectors are on site for a relatively short time, and despite our best efforts, there may be things that are not picked up.  We ask that you understand and accept this.  An inspection still provides great value and adds considerably to your understanding of the home, and betters your odds of not buying a problem house or a “money pit.”  Our reports reveal the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected. For protection from future failure you may want to consider a home warranty.