Frequently Asked Questions
What questions should I ask before hiring an inspector.
Choosing a home inspector can be a daunting task, and it’s not a decision that you should take lightly. In any profession, you’ll find a number of variables, including experience level, areas of expertise, reputation, and more. So, in order to ensure that you’re getting the very best possible service, be sure to ask plenty of questions and vet your inspector thoroughly.
At Homerun Inspection, we are happy to answer any questions that you may have, and we are confident that we can help you ensure that your next real estate purchase or sale goes smoothly.
Below, you’ll find a series of questions that are frequently asked of home inspectors. If you still require more information, however, contact us anytime at 303-948-9892. We look forward to working with you!
- 1How many home inspections have you done?Over 12,000 inspections have been completed by Homerun Inspection.
- 2How long have you been in business?We have been inspecting homes in the Denver area for 21 years.
- 3Do you have business insurance?Yes, we are licensed and insured.
- 4Do you belong to any associations and does it require continuing education?Yes, we belong to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
- 5Do you provide a narrative or check list reporting system?We provide a narrative report so that you have detailed information about what the inspection reveals.
- 6Is there a summary page? Yes, focusing on major and safety items.
- 7How long before I get the inspection report?A detailed explanation and comprehensive inspection report are provided within 24 hours of the inspection. Please view the sample report to get a better idea of the components covered and the report format.
- 8What do you look for during the inspection? We perform our inspection per the ASHI standards. During the inspection we inspect plumbing, electrical, heating, structure, roofing, and interior. The main focus is on major and safety items plus identifying possible future issues and delayed maintenance items.
- 9What about an infrared inspection?As a general rule, we do not provide infrared (IR) inspection. There are numerous reasons but my main concern is that the equipment and training that home inspectors are using is very entry level. The proper protocol requires most tests be done at sunrise or sunset because of the temperatures. At the home inspection level, this is never mentioned. The IR inspection can be beneficial, and we do offer very limited testing on occasion, but I've learned there is no better tool than experience.
- 10Do I need an inspection if I’m buying a new home?Yes, the house has passed multiple code inspections but, too often, mistakes are not caught leaving buyers at the mercy of the builder.
- 11What issues can you find on a new home inspection?Some common issues include incomplete electrical systems, improperly installed gutters, missing roofing components and incomplete plumbing. A newly constructed home has many subcontractors... each depending on the other to do their job correctly and within the time frame given. If the schedule becomes crunched, mistakes can be made.
- 12If I’m the seller of a home, do I still need to get an inspection?A home inspection will detail items that you may want to repair or replace prior to listing your home. A pre-listing inspection can detect previously unknown problems or potential upgrades that you may wish to address. Being aware of issues in advance will allow for disclosure of problems, followed by repair or replacement of items, which can result in a smoother transaction for all parties.
- 13Is this a code inspection?A home inspection is not a code inspection. A code inspection will verify local building code compliance. A home inspector will not pass or fail a home. Older homes built before code revisions do not have to comply with current code standards unless they have been modified and updated. The home inspectors job is to report on major & safety items.