Frequently Asked Home Inspection Questions

Why Do I Need a Home Inspection?

Your home is one of the largest investments and if whether you are Buying or selling your home you will want to know the condition of the property. The licensed home inspector will review the systems in the home to determine which have potential safety and health hazards and areas that may require repair or maintenance so there will be no unexpected issues at the time of closing.

What does the Home Inspection Cost?

This varies by area, square footage, and complexity of the dwelling and by what services are required to complete.

How long does an inspection take?

The typical Home inspection (around ~2,000 sq/ft) takes about 2-3 hours and includes reviews of the following systems:

Roofing, Flashing, Siding, Structural, Plumbing, Electrical, Heating and Air conditioning, Exterior surfaces, Insulation, Windows. Please contact us for specifics on your property.

What methods of payment are accepted?

A1 Property Inspection accepts checks/cash at time of inspection unless specific arrangements are made in advance. When scheduling your inspection you will be advised of the cost of the inspection prior to performing all work.

What can I expect from my inspection?

The purchaser will receive a report with all the major systems documenting any issues that need to be addressed. This report is accessible the same day as the inspection in PDF format delivered to you and real estate agent if applicable. The purchaser can use this report to make decisions regarding the property in question. A1 Property Inspection home inspectors are licensed by the State of Indiana - Professional Licensing #HI01300089.

The state has setup guidelines and has a specific course and body of knowledge that all Home inspectors must pass. Our inspectors are continuously taking and education to keep their license active and aware of the current requirements for homeowners.

Who would hire the inspector?

Home Sellers

Individuals who are looking to sell their home should hire an inspector to insure that existing systems are in good working order. Having an inspection upfront will strengthen your hand in negotiating the final price selling their home and alleviate any surprises in contingency price negotiations.

Home Buyers

Individuals looking to purchase a new home should bring in an inspector during their contingency period to determine condition of the home's major systems. This information will aid in the decision to purchase the home and/or provide data for final price negotiations.

Banks & Insurance Companies

Banks and insurance companies would hire inspectors to insure that systems are in good condition.

Real Estate Agents

Realtors who want to make sure the property being sold does not have any significant issues.

The inspection cost is less than the cost to repair most of the major systems. A1 Property Inspection is contracted to work on behalf of the individual(s) who hired them to do the inspection. We will work as your advocate to provide you with a review of the structure and its systems.

What Does the Typical home inspection include?

In the typical home inspection the major systems of the home will be reviewed, the categories are:

  • Roofing
  • Foundation / Structure
  • Plumbing systems
  • Electrical systems
  • HVAC systems - Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Windows
  • Insulation
  • Grounds
  • Interior surfaces
  • Exterior surfaces
  • Land grade/ponding or pitch / Drainage
  • Insulation
  • Basements / Crawl spaces
  • Attic
  • Garages - Attached and Detached
American Society of Home Inspectors
Greater Northwest Indiana Association of REALTORS
National Radon Safety Board (NRSB)
International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
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