Frequently Asked Questions
At, Espo Home Inspections LLC we believe there are ten important questions you should have answered before you select your home inspector.
What does your inspection cover?
The inspector should ensure that their inspection and inspection report will meet all applicable requirements in your state if applicable and will comply with a well-recognized standard of practice and code of ethics. Most Home inspection services will provide a list of what is included on their website. If you are unable to find that information, call your inspector and request a list. This is something all inspectors should be able to provide.
How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many inspections have you completed?
How many inspections have been performed is a very important question, but it’s not the most important. The quality of your report is what’s most important. Ask for sample reports, references, and/or what type of field experience they may have.
Is your training specific to residential home inspections?
Experience in construction or engineering is helpful and could be a very valuable tool, however it does not replace the knowledge of on hand experience as a residential inspector.
Do you offer to do repairs, improvements, or refer contractors for any deficiencies found during the inspection.?
Due to a potential conflict of interest, we do not believe or recommend that an inspector should offer to repair, or refer contractors for repairs. Although this is allowed by some states and Associations, it is not something we recommend.
How long will the inspection take?
Most inspections for a single inspector will take approximately 1 ½ to 3 hours depending on the condition and size of the property. The condition and size, as well as any questions or concerns by the client will typically determine how long it takes to complete the inspection in its entirety.
How much will it cost?
While cost is important, remember this is the largest investment many people will make, and a thorough inspection can make a world of difference in rather or not a homeowner is ultimately satisfied with their decision in rather or not to purchase a specific home. An estimated cost can range from $275.00 to $500.00. There are several factors to consider and additional services you may require. Contact your inspector and they will be able to give you an exact quote for your inspection.
What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take before the report is completed?
Most inspectors will typically provide your report electronically within 24-48 hours. It is very important that your inspector can work with your schedule and have it prepared for you within the time frame that you need it.
Will I be able to attend the inspection?
We encourage all of our clients to participate in their inspection. This is the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you may have pertaining to your inspection, but also to observe any deficiencies that may require correction. Additionally, by participating in the inspection, you can observe first-hand our attention to detail. If an inspector denies or does not allow you to participate in the inspection process, this should be a substantial red flag. This is your time to ask questions and receive answers.
Do you maintain membership as a professional inspector or with a state association?
Home Inspectors will typically belong to a state association or some type of professional association. We encourage you to ask your inspector if he or she belongs to any association. These memberships can be verified and assure you that your inspector is in good standing.
Do you participate in continuing education (CE) programs to keep your expertise up to date?
As there are constant changes in technology and requirements, continuing education is very important for all inspectors. No inspector can claim to know it all, and that is why CE is so important. When dealing with much older homes or unique elements that may possibly require more training or updated training, participation in continuing education may be especially relevant.