Frequently Asked Questions

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is primarily a visual examination of the readily accessible areas of the home and property. The inspector will examine the physical structure and systems of the home, from the roof to the foundation. If a component is not performing correctly, or is unsafe, the home inspector will include a description of the problem in a written report and may recommend the corrective action or further evaluation by a qualified professional.

What does a home inspection include?

The home inspector will review the condition of the home’s roofing system, exterior materials, doors, windows, hose faucets, electrical service cable and any other exterior electrical components. He will also look at grounds and drainage, trees and shrubs near the home, patio/porch, sidewalks, driveway and retaining walls. Inside the home the inspection includes heating and cooling, plumbing supply and waste lines, water heater, electrical service panel and household wiring. The inspection continues with kitchen and laundry areas, built-in appliances, bathroom sinks, toilets, tubs, showers, doors and windows. Also included are all ceilings and walls, any fireplaces, smoke and CO detectors, attic, foundation, sump pump, garage/carport, garage door openers and more.

What is not included in a home inspection?

A home inspection tells you the condition of the component at the time it was inspected. A home inspection is not protection against future failures. For protection from future failure you may want to consider a home warranty. A home inspection is not an appraisal that determines the value of a home, nor will an inspector tell you whether to buy or what to pay for this home.

A home inspection is not a code inspection, which verifies local building code compliance. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. Home inspectors will report findings when it comes to safety concerns that may be in the current code such as ungrounded outlets above sinks.

Should I have a home inspection even if the house appears to be in good condition?

Yes. When you are buying a home it can be an emotional experience. It may also be the largest monetary investment you will ever make. A home inspection will give you an objective look at every aspect of the property to minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties before buying it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence. A home inspection also points out defects that need to be fixed before the purchase or used to negotiate the price with the seller. Now you can complete your home purchase with your eyes open as to the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. If you are a current homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.

What is a pre-listing inspection?

If you are selling your home, pre-listing inspections are becoming more popular. A pre-listing inspection will reveal any defects that can become stumbling blocks in the selling process. Deficiencies found before the buyer comes along will allow you to shop around for a contractor and not deal with inflated estimates that a buyer will present.

How much does a typical home inspection cost?

Champion Property Inspections charges $350.00 for a home less than 2,500 square feet and $375.00 for homes that are larger than that.  Having a home inspection could potentially save you thousands of dollars in hidden expenses, making this money well spent. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain.

How long does a typical home inspection take?

A home inspection will usually take two and a half to three hours for the standard size home. Larger homes more than 5,000 square feet, older homes or homes with additions may take longer.

Should I be there at the time of the inspection?

For buyers it is recommended, but not necessary, for you to be present at the inspection. If you are there, you will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it. However, be sure to give the home inspector time and space to concentrate and focus so he can do the best job possible for you.

What kind of inspection report is supplied?

Champion Property Inspections uses the Inspector FX software to provide a detailed 400 point report with pictures and descriptions of every component of the home. The report will be delivered to the client within 24-48 hours after the completed inspection. Please see the “Sample Report” tab on the home page to review an actual report.

What if problems are found during the inspection?

If the inspection reveals a defect, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the home, only that you are now aware of the defect and the recommendation for correcting it. The seller of the home is not automatically required to repair any problems that the inspector finds. As the buyer, you can negotiate for the repairs to be made before you buy the home. If the seller is not willing to do the repairs for you, you will need to make other arrangements or terminate the contract.

How can I pay for my inspection?

Champion Property Inspections will accept payment by check, cash or credit card at the time of the inspection.

What if I have questions after the inspection is over?

Please feel free to call us at 330-418-0135 after the inspection is completed to answer any questions whether it is before or after you have received your full inspection report. We will provide you with the answers you need or make recommendations of who may be able to help.

What if I need the inspector to come back after repairs have been done?

Champion Property Inspections offers free re-inspections after repairs have been made to defects that were identified by us earlier to make sure the work was done properly.

Why should I choose Champion Property Inspections?

Choose Champion because of our professionalism, customer service and training received from HomeSpection Training Institute and The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). We are also backed by InterNACHI’s Buy Back Guarantee. InterNACHI will buy your home for the price you paid for it if we miss anything during your inspection.

Does a typical inspection include radon, pest and mold testing?

No. A general home inspection does not include testing for radon, pest or mold. However, Champion Property Inspections can provide mold testing for an additional fee and will be adding radon and pest testing services within the next several months.

How far in advance do I need to schedule my inspection?

A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. We are aware of the time constraints involved with purchase agreements and that purchases can sometimes be contingent on the inspector’s findings. With morning, afternoon and evening appointments available, 7 days a week, Champion Property Inspections will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Does Champion Property Inspections offer any discounts for military personnel?

Yes. We want to thank our active and retired military personnel for their service to our country by offering a 20% discount on any services we perform.

  • The Guarantee will be honored for 90 days after closing.
  • It’s valid for home inspections performed for home buyers by participating InterNACHI members.
  • We’ll pay you whatever price you paid for the home.
  • The home must be listed with a licensed real estate agent.
  • The Guarantee excludes homes with material defects not present at the time of the inspection, or not required to be inspected per InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice.
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