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.

Can a property fail an inspection?

No, a home inspection is an observation of the condition of a house on the day of inspection.  A home inspector will describe the properties physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need repair. It a list of items, it is up to the client to decide what to do with the information. Additionally there is no such thing as a perfect home; all homes will have something that requires attention.

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 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 certified?

In many states, yes. In New York state home inspectors must be certified as well as receive on going training for re-certification every 2 years.

Should I attend my home inspection?

Most home buyers find it helpful, and we encourage it.  If you do attend a professional inspector will walk you through the most significant findings in addition to providing the report. This can be helpful to add context to the findings. If you do not attend you will still receive the inspection report detailing the defects found in the home.

Why should I have a home inspection?

The purchase of a home is probably the largest single 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 and assess the homes 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, a trained inspector will be able to uncover a variety of issues that even skilled contractors might miss.

When will I receive my home inspection report?

99% of the time your report will be emailed to you on the same day as the inspection and usually within a few hours.

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 a contractor 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 accessible and visible condition of 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 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 test
  • Lead paint confirmation
  • Mold confirmation
  • Cosmetic problems

Is a radon test included in a home inspection?

No. Radon testing is an additional service to a home inspection but a service that we provide.

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Is there any guarantee with a home inspection?

There are no guarantees with a home inspection, as it is a one day snapshot in time of the home. However at Brightside we offer a Happy Homebuyer Guarantee to offer additional peace of mind with your decision.

Still have questions? Give us a call at 372-0965