Home Inspection FAQs

A home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from foundation to roof.  Your Certified Professional Inspector (CPI) is trained to be a detective in regard to the construction and working parts of homes.

If a home inspection reveals problems it does not necessarily mean you should not buy the house. The home inspection is meant to educate you in advance of the purchase of the condition of the property.

A home purchase may be the largest investment of your life. Before you purchase the property you should learn as much as you can including what may need to be repaired.

Professional home inspections will also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as required ongoing maintenance that will be needed to keep the property in good shape. By having a professional home inspection you will have a clearer understanding of the home you are purchasing so you can make a confident decision.

A home inspection can also be valuable if you have owned your home for a long period of time. The inspection can identify potential problems and recommend solutions that will potentially save you a great deal of money in the future.

It is strongly recommend that you attend a walkthrough inspection at the time we agree to meet. The walkthrough usually takes up to an hour.   It’s a valuable learning experience and will help you get the most out of your inspection. You’ll understand the house a lot better if you view it with us at the property. If you are unable to attend the post inspection walkthrough we will make arrangements to discuss the report and the key findings and be available for questions.

A typical property (under 3000 square feet) takes roughly three and a half hours to inspect. You’ll be asked to arrive after we’ve completed the inspection for the walkthrough which may take up to an hour.  During the walkthrough we will explain the inspection findings before writing the report with pictures and details of the inspection.

Radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.  Nearly 80% of Minnesota counties are rated as high radon zones.  Testing is the only way to find out the home’s radon levels.  If the home has a radon-reduction system, ask the seller for information they have about the system.  If the home does not have a radon reduction system and does not have a recent documented test, you should have the house professionally tested for radon levels during the home inspection process.

If you’re selling a home it is recommended that you test your home for radon before putting it on the market. Knowing your radon levels and adjusting accordingly will be a positive selling point.