A home inspection will give you an unbiased evaluation of a home. It gives you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the components of the home including shutoff valves, power disconnects, and maintenance items. Also, it gives you the opportunity to utilize the knowledge of a certified inspector on a one to one basis.
How can I schedule a home inspection?
For a home inspection, you can schedule your inspection by emailing us or calling us. See our Contact page.
How is Headwaters Home Inspection different from other home inspection companies?
Headwaters Home Inspection is committed to providing you with a clear, unbiased, third-party evaluation of a home's condition. We will answer any questions you may have, and help you understand the components of the home. During the home inspection, we will review over 1,500 different items in a home and provide a complete report including photos.
When should I call to schedule an inspection?
You should call an inspector once you have decided to purchase or sell a home. Many buyers make the purchase of the home contingent on a home inspection, giving them the option to terminate the agreement if major defects are found during the inspection.
How soon can you typically schedule an appointment?
An inspection can usually be scheduled within 1 or 2 days.
What is included in a home inspection, what items are inspected?
A thorough home inspection includes a visual inspection of the home from the roof to the foundation. It also includes the inspection of all major functional components and operating systems of the home.
How long does a typical home inspection take?
A typical home inspection takes 3-4 hours, depending on the size of the home. During this time, a home inspector can thoroughly inspect your home and answer any questions you may have.
Do you get on the roof and enter crawlspaces and attics?
When it is safe to do so, the inspector will access these areas. The decision to enter these areas is made by each individual inspector. He or she takes into account the roof pitch, shingle condition, weather conditions and more. Some crawlspace and attic areas are only accessible through a small access panel. Every effort will be made to evaluate these areas thoroughly.
Should I be present during the inspection?
Although it is not required, I highly encourage my clients to attend at least the final hour of the home inspection so that they can become familiar with the layout and condition of the home and its components. This is also a great time to ask any questions you may have and to have the inspector show you what defects he has found. Prior to attending the home inspection, clients should have a list of questions ready to ask the inspector.
If the inspector finds problems with the home, does the home not pass the inspection?
A home inspection is not a pass/fail test. If the home inspector discovers problems, it doesn't mean you should or shouldn't buy the house. A home inspection is meant to inform you of the current condition of the home and what possible concerns/repairs may have to be addressed immediately or in the future.
What is a home inspection versus a home appraisal?
A home inspection is an evaluation of the systems and components inside and outside of a home from foundation to roof top. Home inspectors further conduct a visual inspection of all accessible areas of the home and report on functionality, wear and tear, safety and maintenance. A home appraisal is the formal process of estimating a property's value as it relates to a mortgage loan or mortgage insurance. An appraisal does not itemize defects or reflect potential problems in the home.
Who has access to the inspection report?
Our business relationship is with you only. We will not share a report with any other party. However, if you wish, we will happily forward a copy of the report to any party you choose.
How is the home inspection report delivered?
The report is typically emailed to the addresses you provide your inspector. The documents will include the full report, a summary of findings, colored photos of the property and detailed information sheets concerning systems in your home. Optional delivery methods are available upon request.
What if I have questions regarding my inspection after reviewing my report?
Headwaters Home Inspections encourages their clients to contact the inspector for further clarification or explanation in regards to the inspection or inspection report at any time.
Does Headwaters offer additional services?
Yes. Headwaters Home Inspection offers Radon and Water testing. However, these inspections are in addition to the standard home inspection and may cost extra.