Frequently Asked Questions
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection gives the buyer more detailed information about the overall condition of the home prior to purchase. In a home inspection, a qualified inspector takes an in-depth, unbiased look at your potential new home to: evaluate the physical condition: structure, construction, and mechanical systems; identify items that need to be repaired or replaced; estimate the remaining useful life of the major systems, equipment, structure, and finishes.
Why is a home inspection important?
It is your responsibility to be an informed buyer. Be sure that what you buy is satisfactory in every respect. You have the right to carefully examine your potential new home with a qualified home inspector. You may arrange to do so before signing your contract, or may do so after signing the contract as long as your contract states that the sale of the home depends on the inspection.
What does a home inspection include?
The home inspection includes all the major components and systems that make up a home. These items include; Property Grounds, Exterior Finishing, Roofing & Gutter Systems, Foundation & Structural, Plumbing System, Electrical System, Heating & Cooling (HVAC) System, Interior Finishing, and Insulation & Ventilation.
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What will a home inspection it cost?
There are many factors that go into the final cost of a home inspection: Square footage of the property, finished basement and additional services like Radon and/or Termite inspection. Our rates are very competitive and we offer special pricing throughout the year. Go to the contacts page and request to be added to our mailing list for special offers.
How do I schedule an inspection?
Does ISG meet recognized standards?
ISG is a full member of the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI), Environmental Solutions Association (ESA), and the Pennsylvania local chapter of NAHI (NAHIPA) in which we abide to state and local regulations for home inspections. We are required to meet continuing education requirements throughout the year to maintain our membership status.
How long does the typical home inspection take to perform?
The typical home inspection takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to perform. However, there are many variables that can affect the time of the inspection. These variables include; the square footage of the property, accessibility to the systems being inspected, the age of the property, and many other variables.
How quickly do I receive the Inspection Report?
A Summary Report is printed on-site following the inspection detailing any marginal or defective items found. The full Detailed Report is sent electronically the next business day or sooner. If a lab or sub-contractor is required, these are sent as addendum's as soon as they become available.
What can I expect in the inspection report?
The inspection report whether for a home inspection, pool & spa, radon, termite, or other inspection service includes details of our findings and recommendations for items that may be of concern. The report also includes pictures of specific items that ISG feels are important to note and those which provide information to our clients. Our reports also contain summary pages for easy access to items of interest and any important documents that may provide additional details of the inspection and findings.
Should I, the home buyer, attend the inspection?
We highly recommend that the home buyer attend the inspection. This gives us time to answer any questions you may have and explain our findings that will be in the inspection report. We are also available to answer any and all of your questions during or after the inspection and after you have had time to review the inspection report.