225 Shadow Ledge Lane
Roswell, GA 30076
DBA Residential Building Assessments, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What will the home inspector look for?

Our inspection will include all five major components of a home:

  1. Structure
  2. Electrical
  3. Plumbing
  4. HVAC
  5. Appliances

You will also receive a free infrared scan, which means that your inspector might just uncover such things as:  Hidden plumbing and roof leaks, insufficient insulation, clogged drain lines, overheated circuit breakers and many other issues not visible to a naked eye.  You can take comfort in knowing that every inch of your home has been inspected thoroughly, properly and professionally. Since we also specialize in energy auditing, we are happy to point out cost-effective ways of improving the energy efficiency of your house.

How long will a home inspection take?

Our inspections are rather detailed and usually take three to four hours to complete the full inspection. A PDF file containing your inspection report, along with photos of any problems, is e-mailed within 24 hours. These times can very due to the size, age and condition of the house.

Should I be present during the inspection?

We welcome you to be present from start to finish. We realize, however, that this is not always possible. We highly recommend that you attend at least the last hour of the inspection when most of the home's "kinks" have been discovered. We would like to help familiarize you with the home and answer any questions.

What if the inspection indicates that there are problems with the home?

Our detailed report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs. There is no perfect home, each will have flaws or defects. Your inspection report summary will be divided into four major categories:

  1. Major Concerns
  2. Items needing repair
  3. Items potentially needing repair in the future
  4. Maintenance recommendations

It is up to you to decide which ones are most vital to you. If any major problems are found, you may want to try and negotiate with the seller to have the defects repaired before closing the deal. In some cases, the sellers will adjust their price or you may choose not to proceed with the purchase.

What if I have questions after the home has been inspected?

Your inspector will be available to answer any questions you have before or after receiving your inspection report.

Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?

A professional inspection of a new home is critical. On average, we find about two dozen problems requiring correction on a new home inspection. A thorough mechanical and structural inspection of the home will confirm that the dwelling meets today's building standards concerning safety, efficiency and durability.

Why can't I do the Inspection myself?

Chances are that even if you are familiar with home construction, you still don't have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional home inspector. We have inspected an awful lot of homes. We are not only familiar with all the systems of a home, how they work and need to be maintained, but we also know what to look for in terms of items or systems that will inevitably fail.  Beyond the technical expertise and experience that a professional inspector brings to the table, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party.  If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it is impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the home, and this may cloud your judgment. The professional inspector will provide an objective view, interpretations and set of opinions regarding the home.

Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?

No. ASHI Code of ethics prohibits inspectors from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home.

What guarantee or assurance will an inspection provide?

An inspection is actually just an opinion. It offers no guarantee that all defects are found, nor that the components inspected will continue to perform. If properly performed, an inspection will provide assurance that the investment is sound. Take time to make an educated decision when choosing an inspector. The number of inspections performed, accreditations, and referrals are generally good topics when weighing your options and comparing inspectors.

What will House Inspection Experts do differently to inspect my home?

Although home inspection services appear to be similar in services provided, the ability to provide top-quality service varies greatly. Since 2004, our inspector has honed his skills and developed his craft tremendously, giving him the ability to anticipate hidden defects.  Armed with the latest in equipment and technology, we will provide the highest degree of professional service possible.