Q&A with CEO Sandy Harris

qa with sandy harris

Sandy has 18+ years of home inspection experience, and he’s answered the most common questions we hear when scheduling home inspections.

What will the inspection cover?

We conduct inspections in accordance with the TREC Standards of practice and SCOPE of inspection. An inspection includes checking the structural systems (foundation, grading & drainage, roof covering materials, roof structure & attic, interior & exterior walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, stairways, fireplaces & chimneys, porches, balconies, decks, and carports), electrical systems (service entrance & panels, branch circuits, connected devices, & fixtures), heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (heating equipment, cooling equipment, duct systems, chases, and vents), plumbing systems (plumbing supply, distribution systems, & fixtures, drains wastes & vents, water heating equipment, hydro-massage therapy equipment, gas distribution system & gas appliances), and appliances.   

What is your inspection process?

Our inspection process starts with your phone call to us. Our office staff will follow the process of getting your inspection booked. They take care of making all the necessary calls and arrangements to get your inspection scheduled. The inspector will contact you before the inspection and discuss your concerns and give you some general information about the inspection. Once at the property, the inspector will do a physical inspection (following the TREC standards of practice). Upon completion of the physical inspection, the inspector will prepare a presentation to go over the inspection in detail with you. During this presentation, you will be shown photos and told about items found during the inspection. After the presentation, the inspector will answer any questions you have. The inspector will then prepare your written reports and deliver them to you via email within 24 hours of the completion time of your inspection.

How soon could I schedule an inspection?

Provided you schedule your inspection as soon as your option period starts to ensure that we have time to get your inspection scheduled. We are a multi-inspector company, and usually, we can cover any inspection within a 7 day option period.

How will I get the report? Will you email it to me, or do I need to pick it up?

All reports are delivered electronically by email within 24 hours of the completion time of your inspection.

How long will the inspection take, and is it a problem if I attend?

Inspections generally take 1 to 1.5 hours per 1000 square feet. However, this timing could vary depending on several factors. Each property is different, and it may take less time or more time depending on the structure. We want and encourage you to attend your inspection toward the end when the inspector has finished with the physical inspection of the property. We want an opportunity to present to you everything we are seeing in the structure and answer all your questions. Why toward the end? Because during the inspection process, the inspector will not be able to talk with you much. They are focusing on the property to do a thorough inspection for you, and distractions will slow down the inspection process or cause the inspector to miss something.

How much will the inspection cost?

It varies depending on the size of the structure and what options systems we inspect on the property. Our base inspection starts at $397.00 (this includes a FREE Wood Destroying Insect report, which has a stand-alone value of $157.00). This base fee is for an inspection on a 2000 sq ft. or less structure with no other optional systems inspected. The cost would go up depending on the additional square footage of the home and optional systems you want to be inspected. Examples of inspections of optional systems would be; Septic System, Sprinkler System, Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, Outbuildings, Detached Garage, Well & Well Water Testing, Piers, Boathouses, and Others Available.