FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When should I get an inspection?
There are a lot of factors that go into when you should schedule your home inspection. For example, if you're purchasing a new construction home, you may want to wait a bit longer for your inspection, so that everything in the home is in a finished state and all utilities may be tested. If you're purchasing a pre-existing home, however, you should consult with your realtor regarding your inspection period - some inspection periods are as short as 5 days, while others can be 2 weeks!
If you're on the selling side, you may want to get an inspection a few weeks before you're ready to list. This allows you to have a head-start on any repairs that you may need to make, and will help prevent surprises down the road.
What will my inspection cover?
Your inspection will be a complete visual inspection of the home. Home inspectors in Tennessee are not allowed to move items around the home, so make sure that as much of the property as possible is visible and ready to be inspected! Our inspectors will cover both the interior and the exterior of the home, including any decks, porches, and patios. We can even inspect detached buildings on the property such as sheds and barns, if requested. For more information on what all will be covered in your inspection, take a look at our services page or give us a call at (615) 717-7900.
What is radon?
Radon is a naturally-occurring, colorless, odorless gas that is radioactive in nature. Because of its radioactive nature, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. While radon can easily disperse when outdoors, it can build up in homes and workplaces, so it is best practice to have radon levels tested and mitigate as needed.
Why should I get an inspection as a buyer?
Simply put - you should get a home inspection so that you can make the most informed purchase possible. Home inspectors work independently from other real estate professionals, and our job is to provide you with the information requisite to make the best decision for you. A home inspection is an effective way to protect your assets in the tumultuous task of buying a home.
Why should I get an inspection as a seller?
Pre-listing inspections are a great way for home sellers to get ahead of the game - knowing what issues there are with the property you're listing can allow you both the time to fix those issues and an idea of what might be important when it comes time to negotiate. A home inspection can also be a tool to help price your property more accurately, and can reduce the stress of having to wait for the buyer's inspection.
Do I have to be there?
Nobody other than the home inspector has to be at the inspection - that's entirely up to you! Our inspectors are happy to answer questions you may have on-site if you would like to join them, but House on the Rock strives to provide the best customer service possible in the event you cannot attend an inspection; we offer the option to have our inspectors call you when they finish the job to do a verbal wrap-up, or even FaceTime with you to show you their findings! You're also welcome to call our office once you have your report in hand and set up a time to have a discussion with our lead inspector about any details on the report that you'd like to go over.
What causes a house to fail inspection?
The short answer - nothing! The long answer is a bit more complex - home inspectors don't have the ability to "pass" or "fail" a home for inspection; rather, it is up to you to decide if the home meets your standards once the inspection is completed. A home inspector cannot tell you whether or not to buy a property, or what to buy it for - you always have the final say in the transaction. The inspector's duty is simply to fill you in on the condition of the house at the time of inspection.