Frequently Asked Questions
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property. Home inspectors look for defects when evaluating the structural, roofing, heating & cooling systems, electrical, plumbing, and other exterior/interior components of a home.
How long does a home inspection take?
A typical home inspection will take 2-4 hours depending on size and condition of the home. The full inspection report is sent within 24 hours for a typical inspection.
Should I attend the inspection?
If you are able to attend, the inspector will be glad to highlight items at the end of the inspection before emailing the full report.
May I contact you after I buy the home?
ABSOLUTELY! We are here for you before, during, and after the inspection. We will do our best to help you through any issues or construction related questions you may have.
What is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless, invisible, naturally occurring radioactive gas that results from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Exposure to high levels of radon gas is known to be the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer. If high radon (above 4.0 pCi/L) is found in the home, a radon mitigation system can be added to bring the radon to an acceptable level. View this radon infographic for more information.
Can you provide Radon Testing or a CL-100/Termite Inspection?
Yes, radon testing can be added to the home inspection for a fee of $145. We coordinate CL-100/termite inspections with a licensed pest control company for a fee of $100.
Should I have an inspection on an "as is" home purchase?
Yes! A detailed inspection report can help with planning and minimize the risk of unknown concerns. An inspection report can help provide you with information as you budget possible expenses in the coming months and years.
Should I get an inspection on a new construction home?
Yes! SCHIG affiliates offer final inspections on new construction homes to provide peace of mind and minimize the risk of unknown concerns. The inspection report can also be used to create a helpful punch-list for the builder during or before the final walk-through prior to the purchase of the home.
Will you provide a "summary" of the inspection report?
While the buyers are encouraged to read the full inspection report, the inspection reports do have a summary area where key items are noted. We encourage the buyers to talk with their realtors after receiving the inspection report. The buyer or realtor is always welcome to contact the inspector with any questions they may have about the report.
How Experienced are the Inspectors?
SC Home Inspection Group works hard to identify qualified independent home inspectors who are experienced and knowledgeable. The bio page for each inspector gives additional information on certifications and experience. Each inspector has been in the inspection field and/or construction industry for a minimum of 5 years.
What is an Air Quality/Mold Test?
The air quality test can help identify dangerous types of mold or unusually high levels of mold in the air. While the EPA does not have any set standards for airborne mold, the air quality test can help indicate potential mold concerns in concealed areas. Individuals who are more sensitive to or allergic to specific types of molds should work with a doctor to determine what exposure levels may be considered unhealthy. More than 20 types of fungal spores are analyzed by a local independent lab. The full results of the test are typically available within 24 hours.