How long does a home inspection take?
A typical inspection should take 2 to 4 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on. Interior-Only Condo inspections can take as little as an hour. While larger homes could potentially take as long as 5, but the typical home is in the 2-3 hour range. As a courtesy to sellers, we recommend that they be informed of the timeframe in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.
What do you look at?
We inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. Our goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase. Please see our 'Services' page for more information.
How much does an inspection cost?
Our pricing is based on the size, building type, age, location, and any additional information that you provide to our office staff based on our requirements. We are always just a call away and able to answer this question based on your situation. Our prices are competitive with other quality inspection companies. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the deciding factor unless the level of service offered is identical. Remember, you are considering a major purchase and your choice of home inspector should be based on getting the best value, not just the best price.
What is included in the fee?
- Complete home inspection conducted by an experienced professional.
- Comprehensive written home inspection report.
- Technical Support for as long as you own your home.
- Free enrollment in Porch Services
What is Porch Services?
Porch was founded in Seattle and is still the location of their head offices even though the company has grown nationwide. The home assistant services are provided to each and every client that I perform as inspection for. Should you choose not to be involved in this free service, you can easily opt out of any future communications. But of course I offer this as an added advantage to using my inspection services. Following the inspection, you are enrolled in this program and contacted by email with all the pertinent information. The main benefits are the following:
- 90 Day Inspection Warranty!!
- Enrollment in Porch Home Assistant Gold- This program usually costs $350 per year, but you will receive this benefit FREE for LIFE! These services include everything from move-in help, initial repairs, handyman services, and continues with help for future maintenance and repairs.
- $100 in Handyman Service Vouchers.
- The Porch Guarantee- All projects backed by the Porch 100% Satisfaction Guarantee & Best Price Guarantee!
Can I follow along?
Definitely. We encourage you to attend. Attending the inspection is your best opportunity to learn about the home. While we strive to create thorough reports, there is no substitute for being at the inspection, asking questions, making personal notes, and watching how thoroughly we evaluate the property. We do ask that you give our inspector the courtesy of conducting his service without to many distractions that can influence the job at hand.
Do I have to take notes?
You don't have to take notes during the inspection. We will document everything in a written report. It's much better to follow the inspector through, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It's also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you.
Can I ask questions?
Absolutely! You may already have some questions or concerns about the home that you can bring with you?
What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 1/2 hours walking through the home with the inspector. You won't have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes won't get dirty.
Can I bring my family?
We recommend that you not bring your family; this is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on the inspector's comments - the fewer distractions, the better.
Do I get a written report? When?
You do receive a written report. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things we cover during a home inspection. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. It is delivered within 24 hours after the inspection.
If it's really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?
No. Our goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play.
Do you offer a warranty on the house?
A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information. It's a little like getting a check-up from your doctor: It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty.
Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house - they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don't leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed. As such, we cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house. Home warranty programs are available from many companies. For some, this is a great way to help the budget in an emergency.
How long has your company been in business?
Paragon Inspection LLC was formed in 2016. Please read our 'Home' page and 'About the Owner' to get a better idea on our company background.
How many inspectors do you have?
I am the Owner and sole Inspector for the company. It is important to me that everyone who uses Paragon Inspection receive the same Courteous and Professional Service.
What are your qualifications?
I am a 2015 Graduate of The ASHI School. The American Society of Home Inspectors is the oldest and most recognized Home Inspection association in the country. They have set the bar for others to follow, along with helping states set up their Home Inspector programs and licensing requirements. I am a member of ASHI National (member #259658), ASHI Western Washington, and Licensed to perform Home Inspections from the State of Washington (license #1657). My previous career experience can be found on the 'About the Owner' page.
Inspectors are continually learning. New building products and systems are changing all the time. We also have a general knowledge of a wide array of subjects, so I spend a lot of time keeping up on these products and systems through continued education programs. There are also requirements for continued education for ASHI National, and the State requires a number of hours every 2 years.
How many days notice do I need to give you?
I am always ready to serve you as quickly as our schedule allows. It is always best to schedule as soon as you possibly know you will need the service, because certain times of the year are also busier than others.
Is there an Inspection Agreement I need to sign?
Yes. Washington State Law and our Insurance Company require that we have a signed Inspection Agreement before any services can be performed. You can preview samples of those agreements under the 'Booking Inspections' tab.
Is there a cancellation policy if I need to cancel my inspection?
Yes. We ask that you give us 24 hours of notice prior to canceling and inspection. Cancellations less than 24 hours before scheduled appointment are subject to a fee of $200.
Do you offer any Discounts?
Yes. We offer a 10% Discount to all Military- Active, Retired, and Honorably Retired. We also extend this offer to First Responders- EMS, Police, and Fire.