What in the world does F.A.Q stand for?
Frequently Asked Questions!
How much does a home inspection cost?
We base our cost on 4 variables: Property type (single family, townhouse, condo), location, size, and original age of the property. These variables determine our level of effort and the inspection duration, which is the basis of all our pricing.
Can I pay by credit card?
Yes! We accept American Express, VISA, MC, and Discover
How early or how late can I start an inspection?
Generally inspection appointments start as early as 9:00 AM and will usually end by 6:30 PM. However, there are sometimes extenuating circumstances that require an early start time or a later end time.
Do I need to be at the inspection?
We highly encourage the client to be on site with the inspector for as much of the appointment as possible as they will learn a great deal about their new home. We do need someone to provide access to the property at the appointment. However, with a combo code we can let ourselves in. It is not necessary for the buyer or realtor to be at the inspection, but we suggest the buyer is there for at least the last hour, if possible.
When do I get my inspection results?
Our inspectors have a printer and laptop with them. They will deliver an inspection binder with a summary at the end of the inspection, and later a full electronic copy including pictures is sent via email.
Do you inspect for termites?
Yes. Termite Inspections can be done at the same time as the inspection, however, most settlement companies require that a termite inspection report be dated within 30 days of settlement. If your settlement date is more than 30 days before settlement, we will delay the termite inspection until we are within that timeframe.
I want a radon test. What does that involve?
We use a continuous monitor that must be placed in the house for a minimum of 46 hours; we place it in the lowest level of the living space. The EPA mandates a certain protocol for radon testing. Normal living conditions must be maintained throughout the duration of the test as well as 12 hours before commencement. This means that:
• The electricity and HVAC systems must be on and operating.
• The house is placed in a “closed” state. Windows must be kept closed during the entire test. Doors may be opened briefly for normal ingress and egress, and the temperature of the house between 68-78 degrees.
• No fires in fireplaces are permitted during the test period and no painting or sanding of drywall or any other material that generate airborne particles is permitted during the test period.
• If we determine closed house conditions have not been maintained 12 hours prior to the start of the test, we will add 12 hours of testing time
After 46 hours, we will return to the property to collect the equipment. The report is usually delivered within 1 hour of collecting the equipment. We use an independent lab to analyze the data. This lab is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 7 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM. Results will typically be available the same day as long as the data is uploaded one hour before the lab’s close of business.
Given enough notice, we can place the radon test equipment 2 days prior to the actual inspection, and pick it up at that time of the inspection, or we can place it during the inspection, and pick it up 2 days later. .
Do I have to sign my agreement online?
If you are not attending the inspection, yes. Instructions are sent in the original confirmation email, along with a link. If you are attending the inspection, the inspector can bring a copy to the inspection, and you can read and sign it then. To save time for you and the inspector, it is best to sign it online. You may also print it, sign it, and fax it to us, at 703-378-9670. Click here for instructions on how to sign your agreement online.
Do you do mold testing?
As part of an inspection, we will note any visible signs of what might appear to be mold at no additional charge. We have a moisture meter that we use when there are visible signs of moisture intrusion which determines if a given area has elevated moisture levels at the time of the inspection. This meter will not indicate if there have been moisture levels that were previously elevated. However, we do NOT perform mold testing.
What about Lead Based Paint Testing?
In accordance with EPA regulations, we recommend that all homes built prior to 1978 be tested for lead based paint. This product can be purchased with or without a home inspection. 4-5 samples are taken from key, inconspicuous areas of the property and mailed over night to an independent lab. The test results will be emailed within 4-5 business days.
What does a gas line leak test involve?
Our inspectors recommend this for all properties with gas, including propane. A gas detection device is used to and are calibrated to detect minute traces of gas.
Do I have to pay for the inspection at the time of the inspection?
You may pay by cash, check, or credit card at the time of the inspection. Or we will take a credit card number over the phone. We do allow deferred payment until closing which may incur and additional fee. We must collect credit card information to secure all deferred billing and title company information so that we may send our invoice to be included in settlement costs.
Online payment is not available at this time.
Can I talk directly to the inspector before or after the inspection?
Of course! However, they don’t typically answer their cell phones during an inspection. The best and fastest way to reach your inspector is to the our office and we will have them call you as soon as possible.
I have already had an inspection done by you and now I have a problem, can you help?
Of course! Simply call our office and we will be happy to help!
Does EstatePro have insurance?
Yes – we have General Liability insurance and Errors and Omissions insurance.
What about new construction?
We offer three phases of new construction inspections:
• Phase 1 – Foundation Inspection
• Phase 2 – Pre-Drywall Inspection
• Phase 3 – Final Walk Through Inspection
Customers can take advantage of all three, just 2 or just 1 of these phases. If more than one phase is purchased, the client will receive a 10% discount off all phases, which will be applied to the last completed phase. Please review our services documentation for details.
You are charging extra for the age of the home, but It has been totally renovated…can’t you take some of the cost off?
Generally speaking, no. Older homes typically take longer to inspect and our price is based on our level of effort. The inspector may decide at the inspection, to lower the price, if in fact, the property takes less time and effort to inspect than what was originally anticipated.