At Greater Philadelphia Home Solutions we do our best to answer all of your questions. Below you will find a list of what we believe are the most frequently asked questions. If you have any questions that have not been answered below, do not hesistate to contact us.
A typical inspection should take 2 to 3 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.
We inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. Our goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase.
There are several factors that influence the cost of the home inspection. How old is the home? How big or how small is the home? What other services are you as a buyer going to need during the inspection process?
On average, a home inspection by itself can range from approximately $400-$500, but adding in the additional services will increase the cost. We advise our clients to budget between $700-$1000 on average for the total cost of services. While this may seem expensive, the cost of not having added services can far exceed the cost of knowing what's in the home you're looking to purchase.
You don't have to take notes during the inspection. We will document everything in a written report. It's much better to follow the inspector through, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It's also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you.
Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop the inspector and ask questions as you go. If the inspector's comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for clarification.
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 1/2 hours walking through the home with the inspector. You won't have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes won't get dirty.
We understand the importance of family, but we also recognize the importance of giving you our best attention to detail. If your family wishes to attend, please let us know ahead of time if possible, so we are prepared to assist responsibly.
You do receive a written report. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things we cover 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 delivered approximately 24 hours after the inspection. Our inspectors do have the initial ability to modify or add to the report for 48 hours after the inspection.
No. Our goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play. Your real estate professional can help you here.
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. As such, we cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house. Home warranty programs are available from other sources. We recommend speaking to your real estate professional about these additional warranty or guarantee programs.
Our inspectors are all certified through the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. All were hired for their excellent communication skills and their hands-on experience. Their knowledge and experience are reinforced by the more than 400 inspections we perform every year. We have conducted more than 1500 inspections since the company was founded. Our inspectors also keep their skills current with continuing education programs both through the company and on their own. Some of our inspectors also have backgrounds in public safety, risk assessment, and hazard mitigation.
Our team of inspectors is ready to serve you quickly. However, when the sale of a home is conditional on the results of a home inspection, we recommend that you contact us once your new home is under contract, so we can schedule you with time to spare for you to go over the results with your real estate professional.