Frequently Asked Questions

ACD Home Inspection Services

Q. When do I call in the Home Inspector?

A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. The clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

Q. Why do I need a home inspection?

The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards.

Of course at ACD Home Inspections LLC, we also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the house you are about to purchase.

Q. What is the Purpose of a House Inspection?

A house inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a property for the purpose of providing an objective, independent, professional opinion about the condition of the property to include a detailed approach to fix and maintain your home. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, mobile home, or commercial building, you should have it inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector.

Q. Can I do it myself?

Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds, perhaps thousands, of homes in his or her career. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. He or she understands how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail.

Q: Can I get help in arranging a home inspection if I live out of the area or even out of the state?

Yes. ACD Home Inspections LLC is always more than happy to help you make the necessary arrangements to get your home inspection done.

Ideally, ACD Home Inspections LLC encourages the customer to accompany the home inspector during the inspection so that we can explain what we are seeing during the actual inspection but we have a very good record of supporting service members and other home buyers in the inspection of a home when they cannot be there.

In instances like this, we will promptly send out the comprehensive computer generated inspection report using one of the many ways we have to deliver your report (Link to our report portal, email with PDF attachment, Fax, or even U.S. Priority Mail system). Once delivered we will contact you via phone (if available) and go over the entire report with you, at your convenience, in detail to ensure you have a good understanding of the homes condition.

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Q. How Long Will Your Inspection Take?

Depending on the size and condition of the home, a thorough home inspection will take between two to three hours.

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Q. How Much Will It Cost?

ACD Home Inspections LLC offers a quality home inspection and light commercial survey at a very affordable cost that will be based on the size, composition and style of the property. Our quoted price has no hidden fees for inspection services (i.e. Crawlspace inspections, Thermal Imaging, Follow-up / Closing walk through, 12 Month Warranty Inspections).

Please give us a call to get a detailed quote and do not forget to let us know that you qualify for one of our many coupons and don’t forget to ask us about the lifetime support we provide at no additional cost.

Q. Can a house fail inspection?

NO. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need major repair or replacement.

Q. What if the report reveals problems?

No house is perfect, especially new homes. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or make repairs if major problems are found. If your budget is tight, or if you don't wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be very important to you.

Q. What if I have questions after the inspection takes place?

We encourage you to ask all the questions you want at the inspection. However, should you have additional questions or concerns after the inspection, please feel free to call or email us at any time after the inspection. At ACD Home Inspections LLC, we support our customers’ needs as long as they own the home with no hidden fees attached.

In short, your inspector is also available for a complete phone consultation to go over your report in detail if you are unable to attend the inspection. We believe client support during the inspection and beyond, through our lifetime support at one cost, is one of the many reasons that our company is so successful.

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Q. What if I need the inspector to come back and inspect repairs that have been made?

We offer a re-inspection after each inspection that is performed at no additional cost under hour “Lifetime Support” plan. The inspector will have a copy of the original report and will verify that all requested repairs have been made properly.

Unlike most Home Inspection companies, ACD Home Inspections LLC does this for no additional charge for follow-up inspections such as “Pre-Closing Walk Throughs” and follow-on repairs. All we ask is that you please call us 3 to 4 days in advance to schedule a re-inspection, again, at no additional cost to you.

Q. Who will have access to the home inspection report?

ACD Home Inspections LLC provides the report to our customers only. We do reserve the right to notify the home owner of any “Immediate Safety” issues found during the inspection, but will notify our customer before we do that. If the customer wants to share the report with anyone else, they must give us permission to do it. For all inspections, we will ask our customers, in advance, for contact information of those that they wish to share the inspection report with.

Usually this will be only your realtor.

Q: Why should a seller have a home inspection done?

Selling a home can be a stressful situation taking into consideration all of the unknowns. The professionalism of a well-selected real estate agent will ease many, but not all of your concerns.

Unfortunately, even after living in a home for a number of years, major concerns regarding the general condition of your home may have quietly evolved and usually go unnoticed by the home owner. The discovery of safety hazards or major concerns by a potential buyer may be enough to stall your sales transaction or even worst, cause a qualified buyer to experience a total loss of interest in your property.

Having your home pre-sale inspected will allow the necessary time to take care of any deal stalling concerns. Potential buyers will become increasing interested in your property following their review of your comprehensive Complete Home Inspection pre-sale inspection report.

Please contact us out our “Move In Certified” program - http://www.moveincertified.com/sellers

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Q. If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?

Definitely! Now you can complete your home purchase with your eyes open as to the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. You will also have learned many things about your new home from the inspector's written report, and will want to keep that information for further reference.

Q. Do new homes need an inspection?

Definitely! Many homebuyers are led to believe that the county or municipality inspection and the final walk-through with the builder's representative is an adequate way to inspect a home.

Most county or municipality inspectors spend no more than 30 minutes at a home site. The builder's final walk-through inspection is very unlikely to disclose any problems with the home they built as some repairs can prove to be expensive. A home inspector will spend 2-3 hours during a typical inspection and could save thousands of dollars in repairs later on.

Homeowners will have to correct defects that were present at the time of construction when they sell their homes in the future.

Q. What do I do next?

Feel free to give ACD Home Inspections a call. We will ask you a few simple questions about your home and its location. We will then work out a time and date that works best for you and your realtor to do the home inspection.

We can usually inspect your home within a week’s time and have done many inspections within 24 hours!