FAQ Home Inspection Questions


What is a Home Inspection?

The top Home Inspection question in Yakima - A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.  A home inspector is sometimes confused with a real estate appraiser. A home inspector determines the condition of a structure, whereas an appraiser determines the value of a property. In the United States, although not all states or municipalities regulate home inspectors, there are various professional associations for home inspectors that provide education, training, and networking opportunities. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an inspection to verify compliance with appropriate codes; building inspection is a term often used for building code compliance inspections in the United States. A similar but more complicated inspection of commercial buildings is a property condition assessment. Home inspections identify problems but building diagnostics identifies solutions to the found problems and their predicted outcomes. A Professional Inspector should be able to answer all your home inspection questions.

What Is A Structural Pest Inspector (SPI)?

Structural Pest Inspectors are required to inspect for WDOs, damage from WDOs, and conducive conditions leading to the development of WDOs. Are Home Inspectors required to inspect for any of these? Yes, they must report the presence of wood decay and conducive conditions. However, a Home Inspector CANNOT inspect for or report on the presence of wood destroying insects unless they are a licensed Structural Pest Inspector. What are Home Inspectors allowed to say on inspection reports regarding wood destroying organisms (WDO's)

Do all Home Inspectors have an SPI License?

No. It is recommended that you hire an Inspector that is licensed with the WSDA as a Structural Pest Inspector. Homebuyers expect that a home inspection includes reporting of wood destroying insects and associated damage by these insects. Structural Pest Inspections are included with all Home Inspections performed by us at no additional charge.

What does the Inspection cover?

Structure, exterior, roofs, plumbing systems, electrical systems, heating systems, air conditioning systems, interiors, insulation, ventilation, fireplaces, stoves, site, and attached garages or carports. Looking for more detail? Click the link. Washington State Standards of Practice

How much does a home inspection cost?

The typical fee for an inspection in Washington is  $300 - $450. However, some factors will affect the fee. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the deciding factor. Remember, you are considering a major purchase and your choice of home inspector should be based on getting the best value, not just the best price.

How long until I get my report?

Turn around time is typically 24 Hrs. or less. The report will be emailed to you as a PDF file. The report will include photos information need to help you negotiate the deal.


How long will the Inspection take?

How long will the Inspection take?  The average on-site inspection time for a single inspector is two to four hours for a typical full home inspection depending on size and age, anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough and accurate inspection.

Can I attend the Inspection?

Yes, it’s a valuable educational opportunity. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.

Do you participate in continuing education programs?

Yes. The Inspector’s commitment to continuing education is a good measure of their professionalism and service to the consumer. This is especially important in cases where the home is much older or includes unique elements requiring additional or updated training.

If it’s really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?

No. Our goal is to report on the condition of the house, including all unsafe conditions found during the inspection. 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 and should make the final decision.

Do you offer a warranty on the house?

A home inspection is a professional opinion. 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 leaks in a roof and basements can only be detected when it rains. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved, or finishes are removed. As such, we cannot offer a warranty on the house.