Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a home inspection take?

A home inspection typically takes about 3 hours, but it does depend largely on the size and age of the home. Other factors that determine the inspections length include the type and quantity of defects found and the additional services required.

How much does a home inspection cost?

You can view our pricing guide for current pricing.

I work a regular full time schedule, are you available to perform inspections on nights or weekends?

Sometimes. With small children at home we try our best to reserve these periods for family time. Our regular schedule is Monday – Friday with an inspection at 8am and another at 12:30pm with our average inspection lasting for 3 hours (plus drive time & report writing). If this schedule does not work for you AND you want to attend the inspection, please reach out to us and we will try to accommodate you.

Should I attend my home inspection?

Most home buyers find it educational, and we definitely encourage it.  If you do attend  the inspection your inspector will walk you through significant findings on-site in addition to providing the written report later. This can be helpful to add context to the findings. We will also be able to point out things like where the emergency shutoff is for the water supply. Some folks have difficult work schedules and can only show up for part of the inspection. We encourage those individuals to arrive near the end of the inspection so we can have a productive walk through after having learned the story of the home. If you can’t attend or don’t want to you will still receive the written inspection report detailing all the information you need and we will be able to discuss the findings with you by phone at your convenience.

Can a property fail an inspection?

No. During a home inspection the inspector observes and reports on items, neither the house nor its individual systems can pass or fail. A home inspector will describe the properties physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need repair. In its most basic form the inspection is simply a list of problems and maintenance items, it is up to the buyer to decide what to do with the information. Every buyer is different and has different wants and needs for their future home. Any individual problem identified by the inspector may be a mountain for one buyer and a molehill for another.

Is Brightside Home Inspections a franchise etc. or a locally owned small business?

I love getting this question. It’s an unknowing compliment from the person asking, and a kudos on our professionalism, the ease of our process and our business. We are 100% a locally owned small business, built from scratch in Camillus.  Thanks for the compliment!

What is the difference between a home inspection, a code inspection and an appraisal?

A home inspection: Is a visual, non-invasive assessment of a property. It is concerned with the homes safety, operation and condition as it appears on the day of the inspection. Home inspectors do not concern themselves with building code as homes do not need to retroactively comply with current building codes. Additionally a home inspector will not recommend whether or not you should purchase a specific home.

A code inspection: Verifies local building code compliance. Code inspections verify that recent construction or remodeling was completed to the current local code standards.

A home appraisal: Determines the value of a home and property. This is typically performed by an agent of the bank or lending institution that will hold your mortgage to confirm your purchase price does not over value the property.

Do home inspectors need to be licensed?

Yes, in many states, but not all. In New York state home inspectors must be licensed as well as hold insurance and receive on going training for re-certification every 2 years.

Why should I have a home inspection?

The purchase of a home is probably the single largest investment you will ever make. As a home buyer it’s only natural to be excited when you find your dream home. It is for this very reason that a professional home inspection is crucial. No home is perfect, and as the buyer it is very difficult to remove your emotions regarding the home to assess the home as a neutral observer.

A licensed 3rd party with your interests in mind -who is not emotionally attached to the home- is exactly what is needed. Additionally, an experienced inspector will be able to identify a variety of issues that even skilled contractors might miss. Inspecting and contracting are very different fields.

When will I receive my home inspection report?

The same day as your inspection.

What if the inspection reveals problems?
All homes -even new construction- have flaws, there is no perfect home. Fortunately, every home problem has a solution. Solutions vary from routine homeowner maintenance to basic handy-man repairs to $10k+ repairs that only an experienced specialist should perform.

If I buy a new construction home, do I need a home inspection?

Yes. Human error and negligence exist in the construction industry just like any other. Industry studies have concluded that approximately 15% of all newly constructed homes have a major defect. A major defect is classified as something that is a safety hazard and/or prohibitively expensive to fix i.e. failing foundation.

What does a home inspection include?

A proper and comprehensive home inspection will review the home from the basement to the roof, which includes the following major systems and areas:

  • Structure & Foundation
  • Roof
  • General Exterior & Grounds (Siding, Drainage etc.)
  • Electrical System
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) & Insulation
  • Plumbing
  • General Interior (Windows, Doors etc.)
  • Permanently Installed Kitchen Appliances

Within each of these major systems there are dozens of items and components that are inspected. We also offer additional services not included in a home inspection but that can aid in determining the safety of a home such as radon testing, water quality testing, and thermal imaging.

What is excluded from a home inspection?

There are several items that are outside the scope of the NYS/NACHI/ASHI home inspection standards. Some of those items include:

  • Pools and hot tubs & components
  • Septic systems & components
  • Well water systems & components
  • Outbuildings (aka sheds, barns etc.)
  • Pests
  • Asbestos confirmation
  • Radon testing
  • Lead paint confirmation
  • Mold confirmation
  • Cosmetic issues
  • Central air conditioners when it is too cold outside

Is a radon test included in a home inspection?

No. Radon testing is an additional service.

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