Frequently Asked Questions
At A-Pro Certified Home Inspection Services, we know that the home buying process is exciting and, at times, stressful. Questions about what to expect typically arise along the way, so we’ve compiled a list of commonly asked questions. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, we encourage you to contact us at (516) 524-0673 and one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be glad to help.
Do I really need a home inspection?
For many people, the purchase of a home is the largest investment they will ever make. Therefore, it is important to have the home visually inspected inside and outside for potentially costly defects. The inspection is thorough, but is not technically exhaustive as it is only visual.
What is covered under the home warranties?Below is a detailed description of what our warranties cover:
200% Guarantee: If you’re not completely satisfied at the end of your home inspection, we’ll give you a full refund AND pay for another inspector of your choice to complete a second inspection. Please note that the fee paid to the new inspection company may not exceed the original home inspection fee charged by A-Pro. You must be present for the duration of the inspection and are required to notify A-Pro prior to the release of the written inspection report. The offer is invalid once the report has been generated and released.
Contact us with any questions regarding our warranties.
What does a normal inspection cover?Our complete visual home inspection includes the following:
Foundation • Roof Structure • Interior Structural Conditions
Exterior Structural Conditions • Water Damage • Roofing • Attic Area
Exterior & Interior Doors • Insulation • Ventilation • Fireplace • Windows
AC & Heating Systems • Ducts • Kitchen Equipment
Plumbing Fixtures • Bathrooms • Utility Room • Electrical Service Box
Receptacles • Water Heating Equipment
Sprinkler Systems • Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs • Specialty Inspection Services
How long will the inspection last?
The average on-site inspection time for a single inspector is two to three hours for a typical single-family house; anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection. Additional inspectors may be brought in for very large properties and buildings.
Should I be at the home during the inspection?
Though your presence at the inspection is not a requirement, we do encourage you attend so that you may observe the process. Additionally, the report is much easier to understand if you have seen the issues in person.
Will I get a written report after the inspection?
Yes! In most cases, you will receive the report within 24 hours of the inspection.
What does a home inspection report look like?
Click here to view a sample home inspection report.
Am I required to repair items on the inspection report?
No. The inspection report is first and foremost, an information tool. Items in need of repair may either be accepted “as-is” or negotiated between the buyer and seller, depending on the terms set out in the sales contract.
Who pays for the inspection and when?
The buyer is responsible for the fee and it is due at the time of inspection.
Who chooses the inspector?
The home buyer selects the inspector. Choosing the time and date of the inspection may be done by you or by an authorized agent. You may also visit our scheduling page to schedule a home inspection online.
If the home is currently vacant, do the utilities need to be turned on?
Yes! All utilities must be turned on prior to the inspector’s arrival, as the inspection cannot be thoroughly completed if they are not. This will also result in an additional return visit fee. Your agent can arrange for the utilities to be turned on if they are not already.
All inspection reports are the same, aren’t they?
No. Your A-Pro Home Inspection report is an easy to read narrative report complete with full color photos. Our report also includes information such as an easy to read Repair Summary Page, which is not provided by many inspectors.
Is it necessary to get a commercial inspection on a property I want to lease?
Yes! Many lessees in Long Island are required to sign triple net leases which transfers responsibility of paying for all maintenance, upkeep, damage, and repairs to the lessee. It’s incredibly important to find out the building’s condition by scheduling a commercial property inspection BEFORE signing the lease.
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