Q: What will be included in the report?
A: As applicable, condition of the structure, heating and cooling systems, plumbing, bathrooms, electrical, kitchen, attic, interior and exterior walls, windows, doors, roofing, grounds and more will be contained in the written report.
Q: Should I be there at the time of the Inspection?
A: Yes, by all means! Being there allows:
1. You to ask questions of the inspector.
2. You to see how the inspection is conducted.
3. You to get to know the home.
Q: How long should I plan to spend at the inspection?
A: Generally, a thorough, complete home inspection takes from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours and, sometimes longer. O'Brien's policy is to spend as much time with you as you require and to explain the findings of the inspection to you.
Q: When should I request a home inspection?
A: Normally, this happens when a seller accepts a buyer’s offer. There is usually a contingency built into the offer limiting the number of days allowed to have the home inspection, so time is of the essence. Call O'Brien Inspections as soon as possible at (321) 383-9445.
Q: When may I have a home inspection?
A: Any day of the week, during daylight hours. O'Brien Inspections puts you first. We try to schedule the inspection at your convenience. Your inspection can usually be scheduled within 3 days, sometimes sooner.
Q: What should I do if the home inspector finds a problem?
A: As much as we would like it to be, no home is perfect. The home inspector may find defects which you did not notice when you first viewed the home. Most such defects can readily be cured or tolerated as is. Seldom would the defects be reason not to purchase the home. You should discuss any defects with the home inspector. Then you should talk to your real estate professional. He or she is trained to advise you on such matters.
Q: What if I need an insurance inspection?
A: Insurance companies often require their clients to obtain a Four Point Inspection from an authorized inspection company. And sometimes, insurance companies offer discounts to qualified home owners for Wind Mitigation and Roof inspections. We are available to handle any of these insurance concerns for you.
Q: What if I am required to have a state certified building contractor perform my inspection?
A: Tom O'Brien has been a state certified building contractor since 1986 and is very active designing and building custom homes. He has a thorough knowledge of recent construction as well as an extensive familiarity of older homes and can answer your questions with regards to construction concerns and hurricane requirements.
Q: How do I pay for the home inspection?
A: Payment in full will be expected at the beginning of the inspection. This allows the home inspector and you to focus on the inspection without any financial concerns. When you make an inspection appointment, you will be told the fee. We accept cash, check, Visa and Mastercard.
Q: When will I receive a copy of the report?
A: In most instances a computer generated copy will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours. Larger properties or specialty reports may take slightly longer.