How do I choose the right home inspector?

Choosing the right home inspector can seem like a daunting task. The best inspectors have a balance of education and real world experience. Look for an home inspector who has extensive hands on housing experience. There is no substitute for actually working on or supervising home construction and remodeling. Building is an ongoing process of solving problems that inevitably come up. The experience provided by this problem solving give the few home inspectors that actually have done this type of work an insight into inspecting a home that few others have. Education is also a critical part of being an excellent home inspector. Your home inspector obviously has passed both the State of Wisconsin exam and the national home inspection exam which are both required to be licensed in this state. The best home inspectors go far above the continuing education that is required by the State.

What will the home inspection cover?
  • Roof, Vents, flashings and trim
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations
  • Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings
  • Eaves, soffit and fascia
  • Grading and drainage
  • Basement, foundation and crawlspace
  • Water penetration and foundation movement
  • Heating systems
  • Cooling systems
  • Main water shut off valves
  • Water heating systems
  • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
  • Electrical service line and meter box
  • Main disconnect and service amperage
  • Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
  • Grounding and bonding
  • GFCI outlets and circuits
  • Fireplace damper door and hearth
  • Insulation and ventilation.
  • Garage doors, safety sensors and openers.
  • And much more.
How long will the home inspection take?

A normal home inspection will generally last two to three hours depending on the size and age of the home.

Should I be present during the home inspection?

I recommend that you be present at the home inspection, start to finish. I encourage you to follow me around and ask any questions that you may have.

Can't I have someone in my family who is very handy inspect my new home?

This is one of the biggest mistakes many potential homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are probably not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other. Professional home inspectors get an 'inspectors instinct' for problems. That instinct is something that comes from doing home inspections day in and day out. Many contractors, and other trade professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.

What if I have questions after the home inspection?

You can call or e-mail me and discuss all of the aspects of your new home whenever you like. Our service is a long term investment.

When purchasing a home, when should I call for an home inspection?

Every Offer to Purchase is written differently as to the time frame allowed for the home inspection to be performed. I would advise you to call for the home inspection as soon as practical after all of the proper paperwork is in place. This will allow more time for negotiation should I find any defects or safety items that you would like the seller to take care of or compensate you for.