FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What areas do you service?
We perform home inspections and radon tests in the following Minnesota counties: Olmsted County, Wabasha County, Dodge County, Mower County, Fillmore County, Houston County, Winona County, Dakota County. We also service the following cities and towns: Rochester, Byron, Kasson, Mantorville, Dodge Center, Austin, Eyota, Plainview, Elgin, Wanamingo, Mazeppa, Stewartville, Spring Valley, St. Charles, Pine Island, Oronoco, Zumbrota, Lake City, Wabasha, Red Wing, Northfield, Cannon Falls and Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.
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What are your Standards of Practice?
What is an inspection?
An inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, its structure and systems. It is designed to identify defects within the specific systems and components in the home as they are observed and deemed material by the inspector at the time of the inspection, in accordance with a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. If you are thinking of buying a residential property, you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector.
What type of things do you inspect?
A complete inspection includes a visual examination of the building from top to bottom. The inspector evaluates and reports the condition of the structure, roof, foundation, drainage, plumbing, heating system, central air-conditioning system, visible insulation, walls, windows, and doors.
Can a residential property "fail" an inspection?
No! A professional inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective real estate purchase on the day it is inspected. An inspector will not pass or fail a residence, but will simply describe its visible physical condition and indicate which items are in need of repair or replacement.
Why do I need an inspection?
Buying a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. A home inspection will let you know the condition of the property before you buy, so you may avoid unpleasant costly repairs. After an inspection, you should have a more clear understanding of the property and feel confident that you are equipped to make an informed buying decision. The inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a building, as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. As a seller, an inspection can identify potential problems in the sale of your building and can recommend preventive measures which might avoid future expensive repairs.
Do I need to be present at the home inspection?
While it is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, you are certainly welcome to attend. We will do a complete walk-through inside and outside, where I will explain and discuss all of the issues and concerns I uncover, as well as answer any questions you may have. This information will be of great help to you after you've moved in.
When do I call the home inspector?
After you have made an offer to purchase the property or before closing is a good time to call in an inspector. Have your lawyer or real estate agent include an “inspection clause” in the contract, making your purchase contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection.
Who hires the inspector?
The Client usually retains the inspector. The inspector works for you. The report cannot be given to anyone else without your written consent.
Do I need a home inspection when my bank is having the home appraised?
Yes! A home appraisal is an independent evaluation of the current market value of a home or property. In general, the purpose of an appraisal is to set the current value of a home so that a lender may determine how much it can loan to the buyer. The appraiser looks at similar properties in the area and the prices at which they were sold to set the value of the home.
A home inspector conducts a thorough evaluation of the home’s major systems. The appraiser typically works for the bank, while the home inspector works for you! The home inspector identifies items that need repair or replacement prior to closing.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires buyers sign a Consumer Notice advising them to get a home inspection in addition to a home appraisal before purchasing a home with a FHA mortgage. Additionally, HUD now allows homebuyers to include the costs of appraisals and inspections in their FHA mortgage.
Call or text 507-696-7330 with any questions or to schedule an inspection.