Frequently Asked Questions
1. What do I look for in a home inspector?
An experienced MA State licensed inspector, affiliated with the best professional home inspection organization such as ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) and who responds to you quickly.
2. Who is present during the home inspection?
3. What happens if the weather is bad?
It may limit certain aspects of the inspection. An inspector should never be on a roof during
inclement weather or if covered with ice, snow or frost. If the roof, decks, porches and some exterior areas (including normally exposed areas of the foundation) are covered with snow they may not be able to be properly inspected. Other than conditions such as this, weather does not generally affect the inspection process. Oftentimes rain may show an issue which might not otherwise be possible to see.
4. Can I ask questions during the inspection?
5. Do you test for RADON gas and if so how much does it cost?
6. Are you certified to perform RADON gas testing?
Yes, I am a Certified Residential Radon Measurement Provider with the National Environmental Health Association (HEHA) and National Radon Provider Program (NRPP). Certification # 106491 RT.
7. Are any maintenance issues discussed?
8. Is a termite/pest inspection part of the home inspection?
No, we inspect for damage caused by wood-boring insects and comment on it when it is observed. We will recommend a pest inspection and/or treatment if, in our opinion, it is deemed necessary. Our general position is that if there is no written report of a pest control inspection or treatment within the past 8-12 months a formal and complete professional pest inspection should be performed.
9. Do you inspect for lead paint?
10. Do you perform water testing?
11. When do I receive the report?
12. Does anyone else receive the report?
13. How far in advance must an inspection be booked?
14. Can I call the inspector with questions after I receive the report?
Yes. Always. Calling us at 617.593.0056 is usually best.
15. Should I buy a house that tests high for radon?
We cannot tell you whether or not you should purchase the home, but we can offer you the appropriate information to make an intelligent and informed decision. When purchasing a home that fits your criteria, various issues may surface that you may not have anticipated and elevated Radon gas levels may be one of them. Radon mitigation is an effective solution for remediating elevated Radon gas levels within the home at a relatively low cost. Radon gas levels can be reduced to safe radiation levels as so deemed by the U.S. EPA. An average Radon mitigation system in Massachusetts generally costs between $1,200 and $3,000. These systems are regulated, and Radon mitigators must be certified. A listing of Radon mitigators can be found at www.nrpp.info.