Q: What does your inspection cover?
A: The House Detective performs an operational and functional examination of the systems including roof, exterior, foundation, electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling, structure and appliances. Each inspection is followed by a written report identifying any major deficiencies and outlining repairs or maintenance as needed.
Q: How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many inspections have you completed?
A: Gary has been performing home inspections on a full-time basis since 1992. He has completed over 7,000 inspections in that time.
Q: Are you specifically experienced in residential inspection?
A: Gary holds a State of Florida certified residential contractor’s license and has 18+ years of experience in the residential construction business. For a list of credentials and more details on his work experience, click here.
Q: Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
A: In accordance with The Code of Ethics of the American Society of Home Inspectors, Gary does not offer to perform repairs. In an effort to avoid conflicts of interest, ASHI certified inspectors are not allowed to perform repairs or make improvements based on the inspection.
Q: How long will the inspection take?
A: The average on-site inspection time is 3 to 4 hours depending on the condition and size of the property. Anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection.
Q: How much will it cost?
A: Costs vary dramatically depending on the level and type of inspection, the property floor area, the age of the home and the type of foundation (concrete slab or an understructure with crawlspace). A typical range might be $325-$500, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made.
Q: What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?
A: You will receive a narrative inspection report complete with digital photos taken at the time of inspection. The report will outline those items in need of attention or repair. Most reports are available within 24 hours of the inspection.
Q: Will I be able to attend the inspection?
A: Your inspection is a valuable educational opportunity and you are encouraged to attend, if possible. Take full advantage of this chance to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.
Q: Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association?
A: Gary is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (No. 98185) – the largest and most respected professional association for home inspectors in North America. ASHI’s objectives include promotion of excellence within the profession and continual improvement of its member’s inspection services to the public.
Q: Do you participate in continuing educational programs to keep your expertise up to date?
Gary participates in yearly educational courses and seminars as a commitment to his professional licensing and service to the customer.