Frequently Asked Questions

  • I’m ready to schedule a home inspection. How do I do that?

    That’s great. You can send us an email or give us a call. We also have this handy form you can fill out.

  • Can I request a specific inspector?

    No, but not for the reason you may expect. We only have one home inspector! You can check out her bio here.

  • Are you licensed? What are your qualifications?

    Yes! We’re licensed in NJ, which has some of the strictest standards in the country (including coursework, in field training, and passing the national exam). We would love to be licensed in PA, but no licensing for home inspectors exists. In addition, we are a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, aka InterNACHI and our inspector is an InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector (CPI).

  • What’s your service area?

    We conduct home inspections in Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, and Bucks Counties in PA, as well as South and Central NJ. Here’s our service area page.

  • I’m in a county you didn’t mention, does that mean you can’t help?

    Not necessarily! If you are looking to have your home inspected in a different area of PA, please get in touch. We love going to cool new places.

    If you’re outside of Pennsylvania or New Jersey, we can’t help, unfortunately.

  • What services do you offer?

    In PA, we offer general home inspections and termite inspections. We’ve partnered with D-Tech Environmental to offer Radon, Mold, and Lead Paint Testing as well.

    In NJ, we only offer general home inspections at this time.

  • How long does a home inspection take?

    Generally at least two hours. Usually our home inspections take between 2.5 and 3 hours for houses up to 2000 square feet. For larger homes, expect it to take longer. We want to be as thorough as possible.

  • Should I be present at the home inspection? What would I even do?

    We understand if your schedule doesn’t allow you to be at the house during the inspection, but if you can make it, please do! While we try to make our reports as comprehensive as possible, you will absolutely understand the issues better if you see them in person. At the inspection, feel free to walk around with us and ask any questions you have.

  • When do I pay? What methods of payment do you accept?

    Payment is due during/at the end of the home inspection and before we send you the report. Cash or check is preferred, but we also accept credit cards and payment apps.

  • When will you email me the report?

    You can generally expect the report to be emailed 24-48 hours after the inspection. If you need a quicker turnaround, please let us know, so we can do our best to accommodate you.

  • Can you give me an estimate for the cost of repairs?

    Unfortunately we can’t. As much as we’d like to, we would be at risk of giving you the wrong information. Since you may be using these estimates to decide whether or not to purchase a home, we really don’t want to lead you in the wrong direction. You would be better off contacting a qualified contractor to get a quote. There are also websites with good cost estimator tools. Check out our homeowner’s resources page for more information.

  • Now that I have the report, what do I do next?

    After you’ve read the report, you should discuss it with your realtor and decide how you want to proceed. In many cases, you’ll be able to use the report to negotiate with the seller.

  • Do you guarantee your work? What happens if you miss something you should have found?

    We offer a buy back guarantee through InterNACHI. If we miss anything we should have checked based on the InterNACHI standards of practice, InterNACHI will buy your home back for the price you paid (this only works for primary residences and in the event of a sale). You can read the details here.

    With that said, there is no way we can find every hidden issue with a home. Some things are not readily accessible. We can’t see into walls, for instance. We also can’t move anything that could be damaged in the process. However, we will give you a good idea of the problems that exist in the home.

  • What kind of homes do you typically inspect?

    The most common types of homes we inspect are single family houses, townhouses, and condos.

  • I’ve already bought a house, but I didn’t have a home inspection contingency. Can you inspect my house so I know what needs to be fixed?

    We understand that because of the volatility of the housing market, not everyone has the ability to have a home inspection conducted before purchasing a home. We will gladly come out, check for issues, and teach you a little about your new home.

  • I’m under contract for a house that was completely renovated by the seller. The seller says everything is new and up to code, should I still have it inspected?

    Yes, you should absolutely have recently renovated homes inspected! Many house flippers are far more concerned with aesthetics than functionality. They sometimes make cheap or inappropriate repairs that can lead to major issues down the road. We’ve discovered issues in plenty of flipped homes that ended up being deal breakers for the buyer.

  • I’m not buying a house, I’m selling one. Do you do home inspections for sellers?

    Yes we do! Seller inspections can be very helpful in making you aware of any issues that may turn away buyers. In addition, it can make buyers more confident of what they’re getting into.

  • I’m buying a manufactured or mobile home. Do you inspect those?

    Of course we do!

  • The house I’m buying is currently being built. Do you do pre-drywall inspections?

    Yes! We’ll gladly check for any issues that need to be corrected before your home is finished.

  • Can you do 11 month warranty inspections so my builder knows what to fix before my newly built home’s warranty is up?

    Yes, we can. We like those!

  • I’m concerned about an apartment/house that I want to rent. Do you do rental inspections?

    We can, but you’ll need permission from the landlord. As long as their ok with it, we would love to make sure you’re not moving to a property with lots of problems!

  • I’m concerned that the apartment I’m living in isn’t up to code. Can you help me?

    We wish we could, but we don’t perform code inspections. Your town or city should be able to help you.

  • I need to get my deck inspected to make sure it’s up to code. Can you do that?

    We don’t do code enforcement or inspections. Your town or city should be able to help.

  • I didn’t find my question anywhere in the FAQs. What should I do?

    You can email, text, or call us. We definitely want to help!

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If you need professional home inspection services in Upper Darby, PA, or anywhere in the surrounding areas, our experts are here to help. Contact us today for a consultation.