Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a home inspection take?

A home inspection typically takes between 2 and 3 hours largely depending on the size of the home. Other factors that determine the inspections length include: the age of the home, the type and quantity of defects found and the additional services required.

How much does a home inspection cost?

A home inspection with Brightside costs $350 for a home up to 2000 sq ft in size. There is an additional charge of $50 for every 500 square feet. For homes further than 25 miles from Syracuse there is a $25 travel charge. If you are in need of additional services beyond the home inspection we have discounted packages that may interest you.

Can a property fail an inspection?

No. A home inspection is an examination 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 or replacement.

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 that is predominately 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 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 wildly over value the property.

Do home inspectors need to be certified?

In most 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?

You certainly don’t have to, but many home buyers find it helpful, some prefer to show up for the last hour of the inspection. If you do not attend you will receive the inspection report detailing the defects found in the home. If you do attend a professional inspector will walk you around at the completion of the inspection and point out the most significant findings in addition to providing the report.

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 perfect home. It is for this very reason that a professional home inspection is crucial. As the buyer it is very difficult to remove your emotions regarding the home and assess the homes flaws 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 the average home buyer would not be aware of.

When will I receive my home inspection report?

At Brightside we offer a money back guarantee if we don’t get you your home inspection report the day after your home inspection. More often than not we will provide you the report on the same day.

What if the inspection reveals problems?
All homes -even new construction- have some kind of flaw. Fortunately, every home problem has a solution. Solutions vary from basic handy-man repairs to 5 figure overhauls. Having a home inspection allows the problem to be addressed before the sale closes.

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 systems and areas: Structural, Roofing, Exterior of property, Electrical, HVAC (Heating, ventilation, air condition), Plumbing, Interior of Building, Permanently Installed Kitchen Appliances, and more. Brightside also offer additional services not included in a home inspection but that can aid in determining the safety of a home such as pest inspections, radon testing, water quality testing, and thermal imaging.

Is a radon test part of a home inspection?

No. Radon testing is a separate service from a home inspection but a service that we provide.

Does Brightside have Supra key access to unlock a lock box?

Yes.

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