Inspection Process


I know how overwhelming the home purchase process can be, so below is a list of frequently asked questions which may help prepare you for the home inspection process.  If you have any other questions not found below feel free to contact Jason.

(615)-516-5511 or  jason@daleyhomeinspections.com .

On the day of Inspection, what happens?

On the day of the inspection your inspector will meet you at the property.  He will probably arrive prior to the client to get set up and get familiar with the exterior of the home prior to the client arriving.  This helps save a little bit of the clients time and helps your inspector get a good idea of the overall condition of the exterior of the home and the surrounding property. It is recommended our clients wear comfortable clothes and shoes. When you arrive you will go over some paper work if it was not emailed to you.  Your inspector will be walking around the property inside and out from the roof to the crawl space and everything in between.  Don’t worry you won’t be asked to get dirty, unless you want to.  While its encouraged for you to be an active participant in the inspection process, some buyers find it beneficial to bring a fold up chair for those times when you need to sit.  Your inspector will be busy inspecting all aspects of the property.  At times you will be asked to view different aspects of the home and to look at different issues, whether to point out areas of concern or just to explain how something operates. The inspection takes several hours, so if you plan to stay don’t be in a rush because, these inspections are thorough.  I take my time so I can conduct a thorough inspection and try to answer all of your questions honestly. If you need to run out for lunch or can only make it to part of the inspection, that’s understandable.  While I encourage the purchaser to be present, its understandable if they can’t. Multiple pictures are taken so if there is something you can’t get to I can show you a photo.  When finished your inspector will review with you what he has seen and found and then he will go home to put your report together.  Your report will be emailed to you as soon as possible.  I understand the urgency to have these reports in hand, that’s why I strive to deliver your report no later than 10am the next morning and sometimes by 5pm the day of the inspection.  Your report will be multiple pages and include color photos and when necessary color videos are included as well.

The utilities should be turned on.  If the home you are purchasing is unoccupied the utilities may not be turned on.  It’s important the electric, water and heating fuel, if needed, be activated and all pilot lights lit. Some utility providers can take a few days to coordinate activation, so these calls should be made as soon as possible.

Fees The inspection time and fee depends on certain criteria including, age of home, size of home, vacant or occupied, utilities on or off, and whether the home has a crawl space, slab or basement foundation. A home inspection can last from 3 hours or longer and of course the larger the structure the longer the inspection.  Extra time is taken to answer any questions that you may have and also discuss certain maintenance items that need to be performed in order to keep your home in good condition. I may also suggest certain energy efficient savings that can help reduce your utility bills, as well as discuss safety issues.  Forms of payment currently accepted are checks or cash only. Feel free to contact me and i can quickly give you a price after you have answered a few descriptive questions about the home.