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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why do I need a home inspection?
2. How do I choose a home inspector?
3. You are not the least expensive inspection service in the
area.  Why should I use you instead of someone else?
4. My home is new and/or under warranty.  Should I still get
a home inspection?
5. My new home had a code inspection.  Is there a
difference between a code inspection and a home
inspection?
6. My new home had draw inspections.  Is there a
difference between a draw inspection and a home
inspection?
7. How much does a home inspection cost?
8. Does Professional Home Inspection check for evidence
of termites?
9. Does a Professional Home Inspection check for mold?
10. How long has Professional Home Inspection Company
been in business?
11. Why do you have more than one inspector?
12. I would like to attend the inspection.  Is this OK?
13. Do mobile homes need inspections, too?
14. Do you check wells and septic systems?
15. Will you inspect only certain items of the property like
foundations or roofs?
16.  I work until 3:30-4:00PM but I would like to attend the
entire inspection.
17.  Can you make repairs for me?
1:  Why do I need a home inspection?
Answer:  A home is a major investment for most people.  It is expensive to buy and can
be very expensive to repair.  It also needs to be safe.  To protect your investment and
safety, many organizations recommend that you have a thorough inspection before
buying any property and periodically thereafter.  Our inspections, lasting from 3 to 4
hours, are very thorough, independent evaluations of the property’s condition.  The
cost of an inspection is a small fraction of the cost of the property or of a major
repair.                                                                                                   

2: How do I choose a home inspector?
Answer:  When choosing your home inspector, consider these 12 points: (Click here)

3:  You are not the least expensive inspection service in the area.  Why should
I use you instead of someone else?
Answer:  Our goal is not to be the least expensive inspection service in the area.  Our
goal is to remain the best inspection service in the area. Property inspection and
certified radon testing is our entire business. This is not a side line to fill our free time
when we are not doing something else. We are the oldest and largest inspection
service in the area.  Professional Home Inspection Company would not have survived
and grown since 1992 if we were not very good at what we do.  We are very proud of
the fact that the majority of our business comes from word of mouth referrals from past
customers, sellers who have watched us inspect their homes for a buyer, lenders,
attorneys and realtors.   Click here to read more.                                     
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4:  My home is new and/or under warranty.  Should I still get a home
inspection?
Answer:  All homes should receive an inspection from an independent, thorough,
knowledgeable inspector to identify maintenance and safety concerns and questions.  
Even a brand new house is not necessarily without defects.  We recommend that you
have Professional Home Inspection Company provide a complete inspection as part of
your final walk through before your final payment is released to your builder.  If you
have already completed your final walk though and released all payments to your
builder, we recommend that you have a complete inspection as soon as possible,
preferably before the expiration of any warranty. Click "
Services" to view this page on
our website and read the article titled: "What is a Home Inspection" and "
Why Should I
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5:  My new home had a code inspection.  Is there a difference between a code
inspection and a home inspection?
Answer:  Yes.  There is a difference.  A code inspection is to insure compliance with
governmental and nongovernmental codes or regulations.  Building codes and
regulations vary by time and geographic location.  A code inspection is typically a three
phase inspection. The 1st inspection will look at the footings and sometimes the
foundation walls, the 2nd inspection reviews basic mechanicals and framing, the 3rd
inspection is a walk through after all the finished products, carpeting, drywall, etc. are in
place.  Each inspection visit lasts on average from 10-20 minutes.

Professional Home Inspection Company does not perform code inspections. The
Professional Home Inspection Company inspection report should not be construed as a
compliance inspection of any governmental or non governmental codes or regulations.   

A typical home inspection will last 3-4 hours testing door and window operations,
weather-stripping, polarity in outlets, water volume, heating and air conditioning
operations and more.  It is a much more detailed inspection.  Click on the “
Services
section of our website and read the articles entitled “What is a home inspection”  and
"Why Should I have a New Home Construction Inspection" for more information.

6: My new home had draw inspections.  Is there a difference between a draw
inspection and a home inspection?
Answer: Yes.  There is a difference.  Draw inspections occur periodically during  
construction of the home.  These inspections are to insure that a particular stage of
construction is complete so that funds can be released to the builder. These
inspections do not address the quality of the work and usually take less than half an
hour each.

7:  How much does a home inspection cost?
Answer:  Our inspection fees are based on property size, age, and location.  Our
licensing, insurance, continuing education, computers, follow up service and
membership in professional organizations increase the price but more greatly increase
the quality and value of the inspection you receive.  Buying or building a home is a
major expense for most people. The home is a major investment for most people.  We
are not the cheapest inspection company in the area..  The inspection cost is a small
fraction of the cost of the home or of the cost of major repairs.  Protect yourself and
your investment with the best inspection.                                                 
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8:  Does Professional Home Inspection check for evidence of termites?  
Answer:  We inspect for any  visually apparent structural damage caused by insects,
organisms, decay, or any other cause. We do not make the determination if insect
infestation is active.  We do not issue termite letters for lender purposes.  We
recommend a wood destroying organism inspection by a licensed and insured WDO
professional along with a home inspection.  Some lenders require a termite letter.

9:  Does a Professional Home Inspection check for mold?  
Answer:  Professional Home Inspection Company does not perform mold testing. We
inspect for visual signs of mildew, or as we define: “Mold like substances” but do not
make the determination of mold extent or exposure level.  Proper mold testing is a
specialized service requiring special education, training and equipment (surface
sampling, interior wall sampling, microscopes, etc). Mold inspections and evaluations
are best performed by professionally trained and licensed companies specializing in
that area. Refer to the “Mold Info /Testing” page for additional mold facts and a contact
name and number for mold evaluations.                                       
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10:  How long has Professional Home Inspection Company been in business?
Answer:  We have been in business since 1992. We are a full time company employing
multiple inspectors for scheduling ease and efficiency.                             

11:  Why do you have more than one inspector?
Answer:  Having multiple inspectors enables us to provide more depth to our
inspections.  In the rare case when one of our inspectors sees something he has not
seen before, he can consult with our other inspectors as well as use our professional
organization contacts.  We never guess at what a correct answer might be.  We make
sure we find the correct answer for you.   Having multiple inspectors also provides
scheduling flexibility.                                                        
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12:  I would like to attend the inspection.  Is this OK?
Answer:  A definite YES.  We encourage all customers to attend our inspections.  We
consider our inspections to be educational sessions for our customers.  We recommend
that you attend the entire inspection, if possible.  If you cannot attend the entire 3-4
hour inspection, we recommend that you come at the end to receive a summary from
your inspector.  We pride ourselves on our knowledge and customer service.  Please
see our
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13:  Do mobile homes need inspections, too?
Answer:  Yes. Mobile homes need inspections, too.  A mobile home requires review of
plumbing, mechanicals, etc. The inspector will crawl under the mobile home and look for
leakage, loose wires etc.  Even though a mobile home may not cost as much as a stick
built home, it is still a major investment and source of pride for its owner.  It can need
expensive repairs or have safety issues.   Professional Home Inspection Company
provides inspections of mobile homes.                                                                     
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14:  Do you check wells and septic systems?
Answer:  No. We do not inspect wells or septic systems.  We will check for water volume
and visually look at the septic field for concerns such as standing water or unusual
odor.  We advise our customers to ask the homeowner for installation and maintenance
receipts ensuring the systems have been installed properly and maintained. We
recommend inspection of water & septic systems by a licensed and insured
professional.                                                                                 
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15:  Will you inspect only certain items of the property like foundations or
roofs?  
Answer:  Yes.  Our inspection fees for specific items are based on an hourly fee with a
one hour minimum charge.                                                                        
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16:  I work until 3:30-4:00PM but I would like to attend the entire inspection.
Can you accommodate my schedule?
Answer:  We will try to accommodate your schedule whenever practical.  If you cannot
attend the entire inspection, the inspector can summarize his findings with you at the
end of the inspection.  He will ensure that you comprehend and understand all property
inspection items.                                                                          
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17:   Can you make repairs for me?
Answer: No.  We are independent of any financial interest in the purchase, sale,
closing, repair or maintenance of any subject properties.  We can provide referrals to
professionals who can help you with repairs.  We do not receive any compensation for
referrals.  We provide referrals only to professionals who have a reputation for
providing high quality work and customer service.  We consider providing good referral
sources to be part of our customer service.

A vendor discount list is included with each completed inspection.  These discounts can
help you reduce the cost of repairs and improvements.  See
Vendor Discount page for
more information on this program.  We do not receive any remuneration from vendors
included on our vendor discount list.  The vendor discount listing is provided as a
service to our customers.                                                                     
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Our Mission Statement:
To Help People Make Informed Real Estate Decisions