Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from foundation to roof.  A home inspector is trained to be a detective in regard to the construction and working parts of homes.

What if the inspection report reveals problems?

If a home inspection reveals problems, it does not necessarily mean you should not buy the home.  The home inspection is meant to educate you, in advance of the purchase, about the condition of the property.

Why do I need a home inspection?

A home purchase may be the largest investment of your life.  Before you purchase the property, you should learn as much as you can, including what may need to be repaired.

What if I'm selling my home?

By getting a professional home inspection before putting your house on the market, you can get a better understanding of the condition of your home.  You will have the opportunity to correct any adverse conditions before putting up the For Sale sign.  This can help to eliminate surprises should a potential buyer elect to have a home inspection performed.

Any other advice you can offer?

When making a written offer on a home, you should insist that the agreement state that the offer is contingent on a home inspection by a qualified home inspector.  A home inspection could save you from buying  a home in need of thousands of dollars in repairs.

Also, have the home tested for radon gas by a Maine state certified radon technician (most home inspectors have this designation).  One of every two homes in Maine has radon levels above the level that the EPA recommends having the home mitigated.  Radon gas is estimated to cause more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually in the U.S.