Home Inspection Cost

Pricing and Billing for Home Inspectors

 

All-Pro Home Inspection Cost Nashville TNThe most important factor in any business is figuring out how much to charge for services. That’s what we call pricing. It’s crucial. Many inspectors have no idea how to go about it. They don’t know what price is both competitive and profitable. That’s why you need to develop a strategy for pricing your home inspection services.

Figuring out how to bill clients is also very important. In a home inspection business, you have to learn how to set competitive prices and also how to bill clients efficiently.

Let’s learn about those two things: pricing and billing. They are two essential tasks for an inspection service business.

Pricing

Inspectors find it difficult to figure out how to price their services and what rate to use. Many professionals struggle in assigning a value to their time. You should know your hourly rate or how much you charge per hour. And remember, your hourly rate needs to cover not just your valuable time, but also you’re overhead. And it has to also bring you profits.

Two Ways

Figuring out how much to charge is not easy. And there is no standard way for how service businesses like yours do it. But there are two common ways you can consider. One way is to adjust your number of billable hours so that your revenue equals salary, overhead and profits. And the other way is based upon the local market. This means that you set your hourly rate based on what your local market will bear. Let’s explore more in-depth explanations about these two methods: billable hours and market-based.

Billable Hours

The billable hour’s method is based on how many hours you work on your inspection service. The more time you spend doing an inspection, the lower your hourly rate. Given the same rate, the less time you work, the more you make per hour.

The goal here is to figure out your billable hours or your hourly rate. Then you’ll multiply that rate by the number of hours it takes you to perform one home inspection. This will result in a number that we’ll call your flat rate. The goal is to calculate your flat rate or what you charge for a home inspection on average. This flat rate can be adjusted up or down by a few other factors, including the size of the job or the amount of time spent doing the inspection.

For example, Inspector Mary may have figured out that her business is profitable when she charges an average of $400 for a typical home inspection. This flat rate represents her calculated hourly rate of $100 per hour, assuming that it takes Mary about four hours, on average, to do one typical home inspection. So, Mary’s flat rate is $400, which can be adjusted up or down, depending on other factors. She figured out that, on average, she works four billable hours at $100 per hour to be successful– or profitable– in her business.

To figure out billable hours, let’s consider how many total hours you work in a week. If you consider that there are 40 hours in a typical work week, and there are 50 working weeks a year, then you work a total of 2,000 hours a year. If you work 10 hours a day, that’s 50 hours a week, and 2,500 hours a year. But how many of those working hours are billable? That’s the question, and you’ll have to do some figuring on your own to answer it. But let’s make some assumptions about doing home inspections to come up with an example from which you can learn how to figure out your billable hours.

You may have no idea how many inspection jobs you’ll have during the year, and, therefore, you really don’t have a clue as to how many hours you’ll actually be working for your clients. Brand new inspectors face this dilemma. You don’t have any jobs scheduled, but you need to figure out how much to charge for your services, just like Mary did.

If you don’t have any jobs scheduled, or maybe you just don’t know how many jobs you will be scheduling in the future, you can calculate your billable hours to include the number of hours you desire or plan to spend, at most, per inspection job. This does not include business-related work, such as administrative stuff: filing paperwork, cleaning the office, marketing development, extra training, answering the phones, replying to emails, working on taxes, paying bills, research, shopping for tools, etc. You may think of billable hours as the maximum amount of time you want to spend per inspection job, including driving, inspecting, and report writing.

So, ask yourself: How many hours, on average, does it takes you to do a typical home inspection?

Take that number you work per inspection job multiplied by the number of jobs you plan to work per year (hours per job x number of jobs), and that will be your billable hours. For example, let’s say Inspector John assumes that it takes him an average of five hours per inspection job, including driving to the job, doing the actual inspection, driving back to the office, and writing the home inspection report. John plans to work five inspection jobs per week (that’s 250 per year, assuming 50 work weeks per year). So, John’s billable hours are 250 jobs x five hours per job = 1,250 billable hours. Now, you try this. Just for this exercise, pick some numbers to play with. You don’t have to have the exact numbers, but do your own calculations, like John.

Again, to calculate billable hours is to think about how many hours you’ll actually work on each home inspection job, even if you don’t have any jobs scheduled. The hours would be only the time you spend working on the inspection itself. Assume each job takes five hours, including driving time, inspecting time, and report-writing time. And you expect to do one job per day. That’s five hours per day of billable hours, 25 hours per week, and 1,250 billable hours per year.

Now that you’ve figured out your billable hours per job and per year, let’s work on your flat rate, or your average fee for one inspection of a typical home in your market.

Billable Hourly Rate

To calculate your billable hourly rate (assuming you have no employees yet), use the following simple formula:

(Desired Annual Salary + Overhead + Desired Annual Profit) ÷ Annual Billable Hours =

Billable Hourly Rate

Let’s review what the terms in the above calculation mean. Your “desired annual salary” is how much you want to make every year. This should be fairly straightforward. How much money do you want to earn annually? $50,000 per year? $100,000 per year?

The term “overhead” is the fixed costs of operating your inspection business. This usually includes rent and utilities (electric, HVAC, phone/Internet), computers and software, other office equipment, cameras and other inspection tools, vehicle and fuel, training and certifications, etc. These are the business-related expenses that you must pay for all the time, no matter what is going on or how your business is doing. Your overhead is your fixed costs.

The term “desired annual profit” is how much profit you want your business to make. A reasonable goal is 20 %, and that’s not including your salary or overhead. That’s 20 % of the gross revenue (all the money you make).

Now, add everything together (desired annual salary + annual overhead + desired annual profit) and divide that result by your annual billable hours (the total number of hours you work doing the inspections per year; for John, its 1,250 hours). The result is the hourly rate you need to charge to cover your salary and overhead and also make profit.

Here’s an example of Inspector John figuring out his billable hourly rate. John’s goal is to make $100,000 per year in salary (that’s his desired annual salary as gross income, before taxes). And he figured out that his overhead is $25,000 per year. So far, John’s business needs to make a total of $125,000 to pay for his salary and overhead. Now, John sets his profit margin at 20 %. The question is: How much money (gross revenue) does John’s business have to make in a year to reach his goal?

The equation we have is:

Gross Revenue = Salary + Overhead + Profit. Entering known values, we have Gross Revenue = 100,000 + 25,000 + 20 % of Gross Revenue. Adding and changing the percentage into decimal, we have Gross Revenue = 125,000 + 0.2 (Gross Revenue), which brings us to Gross Revenue – 0.2 (Gross Revenue) = 125,000. And that brings us to 0.8 (Gross Revenue) = 125,000. Dividing both sides by 0.8 gives us Gross Revenue = 125,000/ 0.8 = 156,250.

Now, John’s business needs to make a total of $156,250. John plans to work one five-hour inspection job per day. Assuming 50 work weeks per year, that’s 1,250 billable hours per year. So, John takes $156,250 (salary + overhead + profit) and divides that by his annual billable hours of 1,250. The result is $125 per hour.

John should be pricing his inspections at $125 per hour. Assuming John’s typical inspection takes five hours; John’s home inspection service should be priced at $625. This is John’s flat rate, the average fee for one inspection for a typical house in his market. John should do a home inspection for $625, give or take a little.

John figured out that $625 per inspection will cover his $100,000 salary and $25,000 overhead, and yield a 20 % profit. John has successfully set his pricing.

Market-Based

Another way to figure out your hourly billable rate is to base it upon what the market will bear. This method is imprecise because you’re not using any math. You’re just using your understanding of the local market, including what other businesses with similar services are doing and what they’re charging. It’s also based upon what you have experienced in your business using different pricing.

Some inspectors simply price their services high and see if potential clients hire them. If they don’t convert based on a certain price, they’ll lower it until their market responds.

Some inspectors look at their competitors’ websites to see how they price their services. Then they decide to price their own services based upon what they see their competition doing. To check out your competition, use InterNACHI’s home inspector search engine at InspectorSeek.com.

Combination

It’s probably a good idea to set your pricing based upon both methods: billable hours and market-based. You may consider that doing the calculations of your billable hours will result in a number that will pay the bills, pay yourself, and yield a profit. And after using the formula, you can make adjustments to your pricing using the market-based approach.

For example, Inspector John’s calculated hourly rate resulted in $125 per hour, which equals $625 for a five-hour inspection job. Now, if John’s competitors are charging $400 per inspection, then John will have to work on his marketing strategy and communicate to potential clients why he charges more than everyone else and why he’s worth it. Or maybe John combines additional value or ancillary services to the “core” home inspection service. To reach $625 per inspection, John may focus on selling inspection packages. An inspection package might include a home inspection and a discounted radon gas test or wood-destroying organism inspection and report. The total of the inspection package (home inspection and radon test) could add up to reach the $625 fee per inspection, assuming the additional value or service does not extend the time allotted for the home inspection.

For help with creating your own persuasive marketing materials that express why you’re worth what you’re asking, contact our Inspector Marketing Department at marketing.nachi.org

If a client hires John at $625 to do an inspection, and John realizes that the house is very large, then he can adjust his fee upward. If it takes him an extra hour, then John knows that, according to his hourly rate, he needs to charge an extra $125 dollars for a total $750 for the job. Likewise, if the job is extra-small, and it takes him one less hour to do the inspection, John can have confidence in discounting his inspection fee by $125 and still follow his hourly rate formula.

Fee Calculator

InterNACHI provides a free inspection fee calculator at http://www.nachi.org/fee-calculator.htm. Give it a try to figure out your pricing strategy. It’s free.

Outsourcing Inspections

Sometimes an inspector has to hire another inspector to do all of the inspection services that the client wants. Maybe Inspector Mary does not perform mold inspections, but she wants to provide the service. If Inspector Mary hires her inspector friend Manny the Mold Inspector, the common approach is for Mary to charge a little more than what Manny would charge.

If you use another inspector to perform some services that your business offers but that you don’t do yourself, then you should inform your client that you intend to hire another inspector to perform certain inspection services. Be transparent. You should also inform your client of the total price of the service, including the subcontracting work. Don’t surprise your client with a big bill.

For example, let’s say Inspector Mary is hired to do a home inspection and a mold inspection. Mary has figured out that to maintain profitability, she must charge an average fee of $500 for a typical inspection. Mary decides to hire Manny the Mold Inspector to perform the mold inspection. Manny charges $200 for a mold inspection. Mary will mark up the cost of Manny’s mold inspection by 20 %, a common approach to yield a profit. Mary’s goal is to make a reasonable 20 % profit for managing Manny and his mold inspection. Mary informs her client that the total fee is $740 for both the home inspection ($500) and mold inspection ($240). This calculation takes into consideration Mary’s annual salary, overhead, profit margin, and outsourcing management fee.

If you hire another inspector to provide services that your business offers but that you don’t directly perform, then your pricing strategy must include your flat rate, the subcontractor’s fee, and a management fee in order to yield your desired profit.

Summary

Figure out your billable hourly rate by using a formula that factor in your desired salary, overhead and profit.

Adjust your flat rate for your inspection service up or down using your hourly rate.

Do market research on your competitors.

If you outsource services, mark up your costs by your desired profit margin.

Every business owner– large and small– must calculate these figures in order to run a business that will not only sustain itself, but also provide some room to grow, whether you intend to fold your profits back into the business, expand your family, or elevate your lifestyle. Most business owners desire to do all three. It all starts with the numbers.

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Buyer’s Home Inspection

What Is A Buyer’s Home Inspection?

 

All-Pro Buyer's Home Inspection Nashville TNWhenever you are buying a home, you need to have the property thoroughly inspected before you close the deal. If you neglect this important task, you could end up discovering that the home has many problems that you were unaware of. These problems could be quite expensive to repair.

By hiring someone to inspect the home, you can make sure that you identify any existing problems before you take ownership of the property. By doing so, you and the seller can negotiate over who will pay for these repairs and when they will be performed.

The inspector will examine the entire property, both inside and out, looking for any signs of damage or safety hazards. For example, he will look at the roof to make sure that there are no missing shingles or weak points. He will check the wiring to ensure that it is up to code, and inspect the plumbing to make sure that the pipes are in good shape.

After he has completed the inspection, the home inspector will write up his findings and give you the home inspection report. If he has found any significant issues, he will describe them in detail. In some cases, he may recommend that an expert be hired to make a closer examination of some aspect of the property.

It is important to hire an independent inspector for this process. The inspector needs to be as unbiased as possible to avoid any conflicts of interest. If the seller recommends a particular inspector, you should instead consider hiring someone else, since you want to make sure that the inspector is looking out for the interests of all parties involved in the deal.

One of the major benefits of having a thorough home inspection performed is that you can make sure that your new home is in good shape when you move in. While every home has issues, keeping these to a minimum is important. Not only will this save you a lot of time and money, but it will make moving into your new home a more enjoyable experience.

It is best to make sure that you are on the premises when the home inspection is being performed. This way, the inspector can explain any issues that he may discover to you in person. Also, if you have questions or concerns, you can ask them directly to the inspector, rather than having to write them down and ask them later.

However, this does not mean that you should crowd the inspector or follow him around the whole time. He needs to have enough room to focus on the job. A proper home inspection requires great attention to detail, so you should avoid distracting the inspector and potentially causing him to overlook a serious issue.

As a home buyer, it is important that you have a home properly inspected before you agree to purchase it. This home inspection process can save you quite a lot of time and money, so do not neglect this important task.

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Seller’s Home Inspection

Have Your Home Inspected Before You Sell It

 

All-Pro Seller's Home Inspection Nashville TNAre you ready to move out of your current home? Before putting it on the real estate market, you may want to consider having the home inspected. A home inspection is performed by a professional and certified home inspector who knows just what to look for to make sure that the home you are planning to sell is safe for others to live in. The inspector is thorough and will spend time looking at every inch of the home.

Just because you have an inspector come to the home does not mean that you will receive a bad report. If you have kept your home in good condition, continuously maintaining it with minor repairs, you may not have anything to worry about. However, it is better to know whether there are problems with the home that should get repaired before you sell it to someone else. As soon as the home inspector arrives at your home, he or she will begin looking around, paying close attention to every detail.

The home inspector wants to make sure that the structure of the home is solid and that nothing is falling apart. For example, if you have a leaky roof, the inspector would notice this and write it down on the list of concerns. It would then be best for you to have the roof repaired or replaced before you try selling your home to another person, otherwise they would get stuck dealing with the roof repairs.

If you have a patio outside of your home, the inspector will make sure that it is sturdy and that there is not any damage to it that could cause it to break while people are standing or sitting on it. Along with the structure and the exterior, the inspector will also check for black mold. It is easy for mold to start developing in wet areas, but it is extremely harmful to live in an area where mold is thriving. If you do have mold in the home, remediation would likely be necessary before you sell it.

If you have a chimney, the inspector will have a look inside of it to make sure there are not any traces of soot. Even if there is soot in the chimney, a chimney cleaning would quickly and easily fix that minor problem. The electrical outlets and the plumbing system used in your home will also get carefully inspected so that the inspector can make sure that everything works efficiently. Once the inspector has finished looking over your home, you will receive the final report.

The inspector will give you the home inspection report with any concerns listed on it. Although the information is not provided to anyone else, it is still a good idea for you to review those concerns and fix anything that you possibly can. Even though it may cost you some money to fix certain problems within the home, you can end up earning that money back for your home when you finally do sell it. When potential buyers visit the home, the real estate agent you hire can be completely honest about the renovations and improvements you made, which easily increases the value of the home.

There is no reason to fear a home inspection. In many instances, there is nothing wrong with the home at all. However, it is good to know if a few improvements should be made, especially if you want to make a larger investment when you sell your home. Not only will you make more from the sale, you will also rest well knowing the home is safe for its new owners.

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Home Inspection Checklist

What Is Checked During A Home Inspection

 

All-Pro home inspection checklist Nashville TNBuying a new house is a very exciting event in everyone’s life. Perhaps you have been looking forward to buying your own home for quite some time now, which makes it even more spectacular. However, a buying a new home can become a nightmare if not done right. In fact, if you are clueless about what to pay attention to, you might find yourself in a home that is completely different than what you expected. Or worse, you have to fix so many things, that you run out of cash fast.

Such things can easily be avoided with the right kind of preparation. Whether you are new to the game, or a more experienced buyer, it is always a wise decision to perform a home inspection before signing the contract. Most home buyers have no idea about the construction of a home or the components it consist of. A home inspector can create a home inspection report based on a certain checklist; however, what is being checked can vary from one state to the other. The home inspection checklist also depends on the inspector itself and the association he belongs to.

Nonetheless, there are things that most inspectors will always check. Whether you are buying a home or selling one, below you will find a basic overview of a home inspection checklist, so you are able to prepare yourself accordingly.

  1. In most states, the first thing that is being checked is the structural elements of a house. This includes the ceilings, construction of the walls, the roof and also the foundation.
  2. Next, the exterior is evaluated. Home inspectors frequently analyze the state of wall coverings, drainage systems, fences, sidewalks and other important elements right outside of the home.
  3. The roof and the attic are also checked on most occasions. This includes the framing, the construction of the roof, gutters and any present ventilation.
  4. Home inspection also includes the identification of plumbing issues, such as pipe materials, faucets, toilets, vent pipes and more. Do note that the sewer is not always inspected.
  5. Water heaters, furnaces, chimneys, sprinkler systems and air conditioning are checked as a part of systems and components inspection.
  6. Next, the electrical system in the house is checked, including the types of wires, grounding, main panel and more.
  7. Appliances such as dishwashers, oven, garbage disposal and more are checked during a home inspection.
  8. Lastly, the garage is checked, including the walls, ceiling, doors, lights and more.

Be aware that home inspections do not cover everything. It might be wise therefore, to hire our own contractor if you want to be completely sure about everything. Lastly, as a buyer, you need to be aware of the fact that a home inspection report that does give you information about the exact state every component of the house is in. It should however tell you if there are any problems that need to be fixed. Always do your own due diligence.

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Home Inspection Tools

Home Inspection Equipment

 

All-Pro Home Inspection Tools Nashville TNHome inspectors are actually required to use only a few types of equipment. In theory, an inspector could perform an inspection that complies with the InterNACHI Standards of Practice using only two pieces of equipment: a flashlight and an electrical tester capable of testing ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) devices.

However, there is equipment an inspector needs in order to perform inspections safely.

Inspectors should have a respirator for the times when they must enter areas containing materials that may introduce particulates into the air that are potentially hazardous if inhaled. Dust masks are inadequate. Respirators must be equipped to filter out both particulates that represent biological hazards, such as viral, bacterial and fungal organisms, and hazards caused by material lodging in the respiratory system, as with asbestos and other carcinogens. Other particulates that are small enough to become airborne may not be carcinogens but may cause other types of respiratory illness. Gloves and safety glasses used when working around exposed electrical components are other common safety items.

Inspectors use many other types of equipment because their use allows the inspector to offer an inspection of enhanced value. Moisture meters and infrared cameras are good examples. Both of these pieces of equipment allow inspectors to identify unacceptable conditions that can not be identified visually. Although not required by the Standards of Practice, inspectors sometimes feel that offering inspections using these tools will allow them to provide a more valuable inspection, giving them an advantage in the competitive inspection business.

Some types of equipment are used because they make the home inspection process easier or faster for the inspector. Telescoping ladders are a good example. They can be collapsed and carried through a home with less risk of bumping into walls and furniture. Infrared thermometers allow inspectors to check the temperature of heating and cooling system registers located in inaccessible places, such as under beds and other large, heavy furniture.

Inspectors are free to use whatever equipment they choose, as long as their inspections comply with the InterNACHI Standards of Practice. Here are examples of some of the equipment used by home inspectors.

This photo shows an example of the equipment typically used by an inspector. Equipment is taken to the inspection in two cases. Inspectors may use a bag, a bucket or a general-purpose toolbox.

Electrical Testers.

Inspectors use a variety of electrical testers according to their preference and how much they are willing or can afford to pay. Generally, the more expensive testers identify a wider range of defects than less expensive testers.

Electrical tester: This type of tester is widely used but indicates only the more common defects. The button is for testing GFCI devices and the three colored lights indicate various defects. It does not test for defective AFCI devices that are often required in certain rooms in new homes. It tests 120-volt electrical receptacles but not 240-volt receptacles. Almost every inspector has one and many inspectors use only this tester when checking electrical components. The photo also shows one mounted on a retractable key chain for easy use and costs between $10 and $15.

AFCI/GFCI tester: This type of electrical tester checks for proper operation of both arc-fault and ground-fault circuit interrupter devices. It is used by some inspectors. This is the SureTest Ideal 61-059 tester and costs about $170.

AFCI/GFCI tester for arc-fault and ground-fault circuit interrupters: This circuit tester tests arc fault- and ground fault-protected electrical circuits to confirm that protection devices are working properly. It is used by some inspectors. This SureTest Ideal 61-164 tester costs about $260.

Voltage indicator: This very simple device is used to determine whether voltage is present in a device or in wiring. It has limited accuracy and may give positive readings where no house current is present but levels of generally harmless static electricity are present. The cost is about $10.

Electrical tester: This tester tests for the presence of both 120-volt and 240-volt electrical current. It is useful for testing electrical receptacles for dryers when no dryer is installed in the home at the time of the inspection.

Other Equipment.

Flashlights: Home inspectors are always searching for the perfect flashlight. Powerful flashlights are good for seeing in dark areas where access is difficult or impossible but the strong reflection can make taking photos difficult. Most inspectors own several types. Inspectors should always carry a small spare for safety. Losing the main light unexpectedly can leave an inspector in a dangerous situation if they have no back-up light.

Half-face and full-face respirators are good for respiratory protection but not very comfortable, especially in the heat. Many inspectors may own them but may not actually use them on a regular basis. They are important to have available because some areas are dangerous to enter without respiratory protection. Some types of organisms can even enter the human body through the mucus membranes around the eyes.

A combustible-gas detector detects small amounts of combustible gases. Most inspectors use their noses since the most common combustible gases– natural gas and propane– have odors that are easy to detect. This Bacharach brand costs $350.

Moisture meters come in two types: search and measure. Using the meter in search mode, inspectors can find elevated moisture levels hidden behind a variety of materials, such as tile and vinyl. This feature helps locate plumbing leaks hidden beneath shower and bathroom floors. Using the meter in search mode allows inspectors to find areas with elevated moisture levels but does not provide a measurement of those levels. Using the meter in measure mode allows inspectors to actually measure levels in materials by touching the material with the two pins. Some moisture meters have both search and measure features. Most meters have either one or the other. Used by most inspectors, they cost between $350 and $550.

Carbon monoxide analyzer: Carbon monoxide (CO) is a tasteless, odorless, toxic gas produced by combustion appliances, such as water heaters, furnaces and boilers. CO can accumulate in the human body over time to a point at which it can be fatal. Excessive levels can be produced when combustion appliances operate inefficiently and need servicing or when they are improperly vented. Analyzers measure CO levels and give results in parts per million (PPM). Used by some inspectors, they cost between $250 and $500.

The digital readout on an infrared thermometer tells the temperature of whatever you point it at using an infrared beam. It’s used for checking the temperature of heating and cooling equipment, including registers, hot water, etc., and the temperature of electrical equipment, such as circuit breakers. Infrared thermometers are also convenient for checking the temperature of items that are difficult to reach. Most home inspectors use these and they cost up to $100.

Continuous radon monitors test for the radon. Radon testing is an ancillary inspection for which clients pay an additional fee. Radon levels in homes vary by area. Some areas have little or no radon, and some can have high levels. Continuous radon monitors sample the air once an hour. At the end of the 48-hour minimum test period, the monitor gives a result that is the average of all samples. This model costs about $550.

Infrared (IR) cameras form images using infrared radiation in a manner similar to the way a conventional camera forms images using visible light. Different colors correspond to different temperatures, so an inspector is able to identify areas that are abnormally hot or cold. The image above shows cold areas at the top of the walls caused by settling of the insulation. The ability to offer it as an ancillary inspection varies among inspectors.

Microwave testers confirm that the magnetron that powers microwave ovens is working. It does not read microwave levels. Some inspectors use them. They cost less than $10.

Telescoping magnets make it easier to retrieve dropped items, such as screws from the main electrical panel cover. They are used by some inspectors and cost about $10.

Telescoping adjustable mirrors are easy to carry and useful for looking into areas where accessibility is limited, such as behind siding and stucco to confirm the presence of housewrap.

The wick of a smoke pen produces smoke that shows the movement of air. A smoke pen can be used to check combustion appliances for back-drafting that can pull toxic exhaust gases out of an exhaust flue and into the living space. It might also be used to show that return-air vents are operating properly. They are used by some inspectors and cost about $15.

A compass is used to determine the home’s directional orientation, which can be helpful if the home has energy-efficient features or if the client requests that the home’s elevation be described by the direction it faces. Some inspectors carry them and they cost less than $10.

Safety glasses are good protection for situations in which inspectors may find their eyes or vision at risk. Crawlspaces and attics have protruding wires and fasteners. Electrical panels may give off sparks or debris during short circuits. They are used by some inspectors and owned by most, and cost about $10.

Electrical gloves should have high dielectrical and physical strength. They typically consist of liner gloves under rubber insulating gloves, with protective leather gloves worn over these. InterNACHI recommends that all home inspectors wear electrical gloves that meet ASTM D-120/ EIC903 specifications. Their cost is around $170.

High-traction roof boots with replaceable soles make it easier for inspectors to walk roofs without slipping. They run about $80. When the soles become worn, they can be changed out.

Toolkits: Although inspectors are not required by InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice to disassemble anything, sometimes the removal of a few screws can allow easier inspection of various items, such as furnaces. They cost about $10 each.

Telescoping ladders are easy to carry through homes without bumping into walls and can be carried in the trunk of a car. They can be more dangerous than other types of ladders because it can not be visually confirmed that the locking mechanisms are fully engaged. They are used by some inspectors and cost about $170.

Articulating ladders can be used as both step ladders and extension ladders and will fit in the trunk of many cars. They are used by many inspectors and cost about $300.

Tool vest: Inspectors need to carry a variety of tools while they inspect a home. Flashlights, a moisture meter, infrared thermometer, electrical testers, cell phone, and a mirror are just some of the equipment they commonly carry. A vest allows inspectors to work hands-free and gives them quick access to their equipment. They are used by some inspectors and cost between $60 and $140.

Spectoscope: Safely inspect and photograph roofs. This 38′ tall telescoping pole camera allows you to safely take high quality pictures of the roofs of homes from the ground. Simply connect the Samsung ST150F wireless camera to your Apple iOS or Android enabled smartphone or tablet, extend the pole, and start capturing photos. You can also order the Spectoscope without a camera and use your own wireless camera. Available through www.InspectorOutlet.com.

This list represents equipment commonly used by inspectors. The specific items inspectors use may vary with climate zone, the type of inspections they offer, the type of home being inspected, and personal preference.

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Home Inspection Company

What To Look For In A Home Inspection Company

 

All-Pro Home Inspection Company Nashville TNHiring a company to conduct a home inspection is about more than simply being given a report on your property, it is a very personal experience; and in order to make sure that you get not only the most efficient inspection but top service and support in addition, it is important to take certain precautions in choosing the right home inspection company. With a little research you can compile the information you need in order to choose the best home inspector for you.

There are several practical requirements that all good home inspection companies should provide; and then there are the extras that exceptional companies will offer in addition to those basics. In the first instance, make sure that the companies you are considering provide all of the following as part of their service:

  1. A full, detailed, thorough inspection of all structural components, including the foundation and basement, the interior and exterior walls, roof, windows, doors and chimney if you have one.
  2. A thorough inspection of appliances, electrical and plumbing systems as well as your heating and air conditioning systems.
  3. A full, detailed report on the findings of the inspection as well as repairs recommendations and any other information that is relevant.

Check that the companies you are considering are certified, and that they are well established with an excellent track record. Finding a company that will act in your best interests, providing investment protection and exceptional customer service apart from thorough and efficient inspections will give you the best possible value and security. A good home inspection company will offer you on-site reporting for the fastest and most efficient service, enabling you to take any action you need to take as soon as you need to take it.

For the best experience with a home inspection service, it is important to choose a company that is known for their client interaction. Good communication and being kept fully updated throughout the process is essential for your peace of mind and to make sure you get the most out of the service. You should expect a warm, friendly, supportive service as well as a professional inspection from a good home inspection company.

In order to make sure you are getting the best service, it is wise to conduct a little online research on each company you are considering in order to check that they live up to all of these expectations. Start by visiting their websites, and making sure that the information on their site confirms what it included in their service. Check any testimonials to get an idea of feedback from previous clients.

Although it is good to read through the testimonials, it is important to recognize that they will naturally include only positive feedback on their own site; so it is a good idea to do a quick search online for any posts on forums or in social media for a more balanced view of their service. Taking the time to conduct this little bit of research can save you a lot of time, money and frustration in the long run. A good home inspection needs to be reliable and thorough, and their customer service should make you feel secure, supported and well looked-after.

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Pre-Listing Home Inspection

Are you planning to sell your home this spring or summer? You should consider a Pre-Listing Home Inspection which can help ensure the transaction will go smoothly and with less hassle. This type of inspection provides valuable information as to the current condition of the property and could uncover any concerns that might compromise a sale. This information allows the seller to make repairs without being pressured by time.

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Hot Spots According to Home Inspectors

 

All-Pro Home Inspection Walkthrough Nashville TNAre you selling a home? If so, be reminded that home buyers are naturally wise and practical enough to hire home inspectors before closing any acquisition. The idea is to take a closer look at the house before buying so that they can be sure the home is in good condition. Who in his right mind would want to buy a house that is condemned?

You could speed the process up and you could avoid potential problems that may affect or hinder your sale. That is if you hire a qualified home inspector so you could make the necessary repairs long before you put the house up for sale. The home inspector is supposed to cover a number of important systems in the home. However, there are hot spots or usual areas of the house that most buyers worry about.

First, mildew stains with accompanying odors almost always scare prospective home buyers. Mold and mildew presence poses health risks because the fungi may be carried by ventilation and the air to be breathed by those in the home. Mildew odors almost always point to a very moist basement. Take note that constant moisture deteriorates materials in buildings which attracts insects. Moisture may also lead to suspicions about the drainage system, the roofing, the water flow, and mostly, to possible foundation problems.

Roofs and chimneys are also main concerns. Roofs function as natural protection against harsh sunlight and torrential rains. Home inspectors naturally inspect the roofing system because doing it is very important. As for the chimneys, the base’s flashing system should be watertight. The bricks and mortar should also be in excellent condition.

The plumbing system is an important area because no home buyer would want to deal with any problems in it. The home inspector would have to check water pressure through flushing toilets and turning on different faucets at the same time. Some inspectors may go as far as checking the septic system. However, on occasion, septic and sewerage inspections would have to be referred to specialists who know more about them.

Electrical systems can be a cause of alarm. Home fires can occur because of faulty electrical wires. Inspectors should be able to identify such faulty and troublesome wiring. Circuit breakers and panels should be configured correctly to run and cater to the needs of the home. There is also a need to check the quality and safety of the receptacles, outlets, lighting systems, and electrical box. Professional electricians are needed to do a more thorough and accurate electrical system check.

Other hot spots include cooling and heating systems, foundation and structure, and appliances. Security alarms like smoke and burglar detectors should also be in great and functioning condition. Overall, you should hire a home inspector with the aim to make necessary repair and maintenance so your home sells easily. Home inspections should never be tampered with no matter how hard you try.

Home buyers always have the option to buy their own home inspection so that they could identify potential problems in the home that may have been missed and overlooked by your inspection.

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Home Inspection: What’s In A Home Inspection Report?

 

All-Pro Home Inspection Report Nashville THome inspection seems intimidating at first glance– but, honestly, it’s not an intimidating prospect to behold. Home inspection is a ‘necessary evil,’ as they would say. If you’re preparing your home for sale, a home inspection service will provide you with all the information you’ll need to know if your home is ready for the market.

The home inspection report is narrative account of a home inspector’s findings– as in, the findings related to the home that they’ve inspected. These reports provide the details necessary to inform clients about the true condition of their home, giving them the knowledge they need to properly assess their home before potentially selling the property.

Some people might be intimidated by the prospect of a home inspection report. Well, in this article, let’s take a brief look about what goes into a home inspection report.

What Goes Into A Home Inspection Report

Home inspectors perform a routine visual inspection of an entire property, including all of its main systems. Home inspectors are required by law to provide their clients with two specific documents that pertain to the inspection itself: the home inspector contract and the home inspection report.

The Home Inspection Report: What’s Included

Home inspection reports contain detailed information about the inspection of a property.

Inspection reports have to clearly identify the property’s components and its systems, as observed by the inspector themselves. Most inspectors will provide reports containing several pages of information, including photos.

Many home inspection reports cover the following:

  • A property’s structural components, including the foundation and framing.
  • A property’s exterior features, such as its siding, walkways and porches.
  • A property’s roofing system.
  • A property’s electrical system.
  • A property’s plumbing system, such as its drains, pipes and water heating equipment.
  • A property’s heating and cooling system, including ventilation, energy sources and other associated equipment.
  • A property’s interior features, such as its walls, floors, windows, doors and stairs.
  • A property’s insulation and ventilation, including those in the attic (if it has one) and other spaces around the home.
  • A property’s fireplaces, vents and chimneys.

Just in case you’re curious: a home inspection report generally doesn’t include anything that your home inspector can’t see. That means they won’t be taking apart or disassembling any part of your home just to perform an inspection.

Many inspectors will provide your properties complete inspection report on the day of the inspection. The report is often written to be easy to understand and as concise as possible, providing you with as much home inspection information you need about the condition of your property.

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Home Inspection: What Makes A Home Inspector– Home Inspection Certification

 

All-Pro Home Inspection Certification Nashville TNHome inspection seems intimidating at first glance– but, honestly, it’s not an intimidating prospect to behold. Home inspection is a ‘necessary evil,’ as they would say. If you’re preparing your home for sale, a home inspection service will provide you with all the information you’ll need to know if your home is ready for the market.

What makes a good home inspector? Well, the best home inspectors in your local market have the qualifications to perform an incredible and accurate job. After all, you don’t just want anyone to inspect your home. In this article, we’re going to take a brief look at why home inspector certification is important.

What Makes a Home Inspector– Home Inspection Certification

The best home inspectors are professionals, as they say. However, you’re not going to find the best inspectors by just picking any old company in your phone book or in an online listing.

Home inspector licensing

You can tell whether a home inspector holds all the proper home inspection certification if they are licensed to operate in their state. The actual licensing of home inspectors does vary on a state by state basis.

All licensed home inspectors also hold some form of insurance, whether private or employer-provided. This insurance generally covers your inspector if there’s an overlooked problem or if they make an error in the inspection.

Professional credentials

Many professional home inspectors belong to professional associations, such as the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) or the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

While these details ‘technically’ don’t matter to the average consumer, you’ll know if a home inspector takes their career seriously if they belong to any organization. All credible home inspectors follow the guidelines as provided by the organization they belong, as these organizations have standards and practices they expect members to adhere to when examining a home for clients. Whether an inspector follows those guidelines or not is what separates a bad inspector from a truly good one.

Selecting Your Inspector

Before you select a home inspector, always research choice prospects online. Several websites provide reviews about home inspectors or even general information about home inspectors. The aforementioned organizations have websites that serve as a great starting point for most.

If you’re unsure about local prospects, take time to read the local reviews– you might learn a lot. Much like anything that you shop around for, home inspector review help you learn more about who takes their home inspection seriously and who doesn’t.

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