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An inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a building.  An inspection is similar to a physical examination from your doctor.  When problems or symptoms of problems are found, we may recommend repairs, or we may refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and remedies. An inspection should include the building’s heating and cooling systems, plumbing and electrical systems; roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; foundation, basement, crawl space, and the visible structures of the building.  Since there are no requirements in Idaho for what must be included in an inspection, other inspection providers may choose to exclude some systems or components.  As Members of ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors, we inspect to the industry’s highest standards, and are held accountable by ASHI to do so. The cost for a home inspection is dependent upon many factors.  First, a more qualified inspector who has more credentials and provides a more professional service will charge more.  It is well worth the investment to pay a little more to hire a more qualified inspector.  Since a home is a significant investment, it will be worth the extra 50 to 100 dollars to hire the best inspector you can find.  The lower-priced inspectors are not necessarily a bargain.  Secondly, the size of the home plays a role in the price.  The larger the home, the more you should expect to pay.  The price is also dependent upon the age of the home.  You should expect to pay more for an inspection on an older home since it will likely demand more time of the inspector. In general, for an average-sized home less than 50 years old, you should expect to pay around $350. Payment is typically due at the time of inspection. The end result of the inspection is a written report.  The skill of an inspector in communicating his or her findings is nearly as important as the findings themselves.  Some Inspectors provide simple checklist reports that can be difficult to interpret and require clarification after reviewing the report.  Some Inspectors provide reports that are part checklist and part narrative, but are still difficult to interpret.  The best reports will describe the issues, provide an implication, a recommendation, and a time frame. Finally, the best reports will have a summary to provide you with quick access to a list of potential action items.  Finally, what should you do if the inspection reveals problems?  If issues are discovered in the home inspection, it does not necessarily mean you should not purchase the house.  No house is perfect; issues of varying significance are found at every home.  A homebuyer should consult with his or her Realtor regarding the inspector’s findings for assistance in determining what steps, if any, should be made in the course of the transaction based on the results of the inspection.  Some issues may best be addressed prior to finalizing the purchase, while others may be best addressed after completing the purchase <Back>

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© True North Inspection Services, LLC
ACCURATE - PROFESSIONAL - TRUSTED  OVER 3,000 INSPECTIONS COMPLETED

208.505.1050

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What to expect

from your

inspection

An inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a building.  An inspection is similar to a physical examination from your doctor.  When problems or symptoms of problems are found, we may recommend repairs, or we may refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and remedies. An inspection should include the building’s heating and cooling systems, plumbing and electrical systems; roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; foundation, basement, crawl space, and the visible structures of the building.  Since there are no requirements in Idaho for what must be included in an inspection, other inspection providers may choose to exclude some systems or components.  As Members of ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors, we inspect to the industry’s highest standards, and are held accountable by ASHI to do so. The cost for a home inspection is dependent upon many factors.  First, a more qualified inspector who has more credentials and provides a more professional service will charge more.  It is well worth the investment to pay a little more to hire a more qualified inspector.  Since a home is a significant investment, it will be worth the extra 50 to 100 dollars to hire the best inspector you can find.  The lower-priced inspectors are not necessarily a bargain.  Secondly, the size of the home plays a role in the price.  The larger the home, the more you should expect to pay.  The price is also dependent upon the age of the home.  You should expect to pay more for an inspection on an older home since it will likely demand more time of the inspector. In general, for an average-sized home less than 50 years old, you should expect to pay around $350. Payment is typically due at the time of inspection. The end result of the inspection is a written report.  The skill of an inspector in communicating his or her findings is nearly as important as the findings themselves.  Some Inspectors provide simple checklist reports that can be difficult to interpret and require clarification after reviewing the report.  Some Inspectors provide reports that are part checklist and part narrative, but are still difficult to interpret.  The best reports will describe the issues, provide an implication, a recommendation, and a time frame. Finally, the best reports will have a summary to provide you with quick access to a list of potential action items.  Finally, what should you do if the inspection reveals problems?  If issues are discovered in the home inspection, it does not necessarily mean you should not purchase the house.  No house is perfect; issues of varying significance are found at every home.  A homebuyer should consult with his or her Realtor regarding the inspector’s findings for assistance in determining what steps, if any, should be made in the course of the transaction based on the results of the inspection.  Some issues may best be addressed prior to finalizing the purchase, while others may be best addressed after completing the purchase <Back>

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