FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Who Needs an Inspection?
- What is a Home or Building Inspection?
- What Does an Inspection Include?
- Is it Expensive?
- Can I Do it Myself?
- Should I be There During the Inspection?
- What is InterNACHI?
- How is General Inspections Different?
Who Needs an Inspection?
Both buyers and sellers benefit from an inspection because it alerts them to issues that need to be remedied now, potential issues and preventative measures, and gives both the buyer and seller a clearer picture of the condition of the property, where all the systems are located and how to properly maintain things to avoid costly repairs in the future.
What is a Home or Building Inspection?
A home or building inspection is a thorough and unbiased visual examination of the readily accessible areas of a building, including the physical structure as well as its systems such as plumbing, electrical, heating, etc. It covers the property from foundation to roof.
What Does an Inspection Include?
As mentioned above, the inspection will look at the structural aspects of the property such as roofing, foundation, windows, ceilings, floors, basement, crawl space, concrete slab, doors, attic and any visible insulation. It also includes a check of the air conditioning, heating, interior plumbing, electrical systems, and appliances, to ensure that they are functional.
Is it Expensive?
We know you want us to commit to one price, right here, right now. We wish we could because we know that would make it easier for you. Each property is different, though and has different needs, so until we talk to you about your specific situation, we can’t determine a fair and appropriate price. Rest assured that it most likely won’t be more than a few hundred dollars and we’re conscientious about staying competitive and making things affordable for you.
Can I Do it Myself?
Inspecting a property takes a great deal of skill, training, and expertise. There are things inspectors are trained to look for with regards to construction, proper installation, systems and components and how they are intended to work together. They also can provide objective documentation of the true condition of the property. Even the most experienced homeowners can miss critical areas of concern and ultimately do themselves a huge disservice.
Should I be There During the Inspection?
It’s a great idea to come with us for the inspection. It will allow you to see firsthand what we see and ask any questions you may have. If it’s a home you’re getting ready to sell, you’ll know just where the issues are and what needs to be addressed before the home is sellable. If you are planning to purchase the home, it’s a great way to get familiar with the systems throughout the home and learn what will be required in maintaining your property. Plan for the inspection to last around 3 or 4 hours; it’s too important to rush!
What is InterNACHI?
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) is the world’s largest, non-profit inspection association. Their inspectors have all successfully passed InterNACHI’s Inspector Examination, taken a Standards of Practice Quiz, completed a Code of Ethics Course, adhere to Standards of Practice, abide by a Code of Ethics, attend required continuing education courses, and are InterNACHI Certified.
How is General Inspections Different?
The Founder of General Inspections brings a unique perspective to the inspection industry. Richard Jones has been involved in the building industry since the late 1970’s and was a Plant Engineering Manager for a local Fortune 500 company in the 1990’s. During this period, he was also an Ohio state certified instructor for the construction industry’s continuing education program. It was through these various businesses, and in dealing with customers, vendors, and employees, that Richard saw an unfilled need; honest, accurate home inspections for the general public. So in 1999, he founded General Inspections, Inc. in Perrysburg, Ohio and has been serving clients faithfully ever since. His positive philosophy and ability to clearly talk through the condition of a home has earned Richard the respect and trust that helps his business thrive.