FAQ

Welcome to Second Look property Inspections

I look forward to offering you the very best on your home inspection. Let me know how I can help! I offer 24 hour report turnaround, digital photos, experience and professional integrity, and ActiveKey accessibility.

Q. How long does an inspection take?

A. Anywhere from 3 to 4 hours depending on the condition, age and size of the property. Another way to think about it is about 1-1.5 hours per 1,000 square feet.

Q. Should I be present for the home inspection review?

A. I highly recommend you come to the inspection review; this is a great opportunity for you to learn as much as possible about your future house. The best practice is for the home buyer to arrive near the end of the inspection. I am happy to call you during the inspection and let you know the best time for you to arrive. If you can’t be at the home at all during the inspection I will be available for you over the phone.

Q. When will I receive my report?

A: I know that time is critical, so you’ll get it the same day or next morning via email. I use a computer in the field for speed and accuracy; most inspectors don’t use them and you can’t always trust handwritten notes on paper. I’ll show you detailed reports on the computer at the end of the inspection and later you and your agent will receive your own copy. If you can’t be here in person, I’ll be available to discuss the inspection with you over the phone. If you have questions I respond to text, email and phone calls quickly.

Q. Will you report on everything that’s wrong with the property?

A: Probably not. A home inspection is limited to what you can see with your eyes; I can’t crawl into your pipes or shimmy down your chimney. The inspection is meant to give you an idea of how sound your potential home would be; it’s not meant to be a definitive assessment of every nook and cranny.

Q. Can I just ask my cousin/handyman/father to do my home inspection?

A. You could but it would likely be a mistake. I’ve gone through rigorous training to be able to assess your home. You need to know VERY specific details about everything from HVAC to electrical. Unless your cousin is a licensed home inspector, there’s a good chance he’ll miss many critical problems. Don’t risk it.

Q. What’s the difference between an appraisal and an inspection?

A. Many times banks require that you get a house appraised before you get a loan. It’s an independent assessment of how much your house is worth based on other homes around you. An inspection doesn’t value the home but gives you the information that will allow YOU to value the home.

Q. Will you give us some information on potential mold and hazardous materials?

A. No, the state doesn’t certify home inspectors to assess radon gas, asbestos, urea formaldehyde, lead paint, toxic or flammable chemicals or substances, any type of molds or water and airborne diseases, and rodents or insects.

Q. Will you get on the roof, crawl under the house, and walk in the attic?

A. Yes to everything! To get the most accurate picture of your home I need to look at it from the ground up. The roof and the foundation can have some of the largest flaws so it’s important to see them as closely as possible. But safety is also important, so there are rare cases when it’s too dangerous to proceed (like wild animals under the house or a steep roof). On occasion I come across a second story roof without first level roof access. In cases like those, I recommend arranging for a roofing contractor to inspect the roof.

Q. Do you assess septic systems?

A. No, I prefer to stick with what I know! To properly evaluate a septic system you need some very specific equipment and expertise. I would absolutely encourage you to hire a certified septic inspector or a sanitary engineer. A bad septic system can be a huge headache when you get a big repair bill so call an expert.

Q. Can you be my home inspector AND home repair guru?

A. No, that would be a huge conflict of interest and an ethics violation with the state. That’s also why you should consider having an inspector look at any termite damage instead of a pest control company—between the two of us they’re the ones who could benefit if you’ve got an infestation.

Q. Can you estimate repairs for me?

A. No, that would be another state violation.