Sisson Home Inspections believes there are seven important questions you should have answered before you select your home inspector. If you have questions in addition to the 10 listed below, please type them in the comments section at the bottom of this page and we will address those as well. Make sure to include a return email address in the comments section in order that we can respond to you.
1. What does your inspection cover?
A home inspection is, by definition, an overview of the entire home on the day of the inspection. For a typical residential property, we are looking at the Structure, Roof, Exterior, Electrical, Heating/Cooling Systems, Insulation/Ventilation, Plumbing, Interior, Appliances, and Fireplace.
2. Are you a full-time Inspector, how long have you been performing home inspections, and how many inspections have you completed?
The inspector should be able to provide his or her history in the profession and perhaps even a few names as referrals. I have been a full-time Home Inspector for thirteen years. I have been licensed and insured the entire time and have performed nearly 4,000 inspections.
3. Are you licensed and insured?
The state of South Carolina requires home inspectors to be licensed, but does not require an Insurance policy. We are licensed by the state and have carried an proper business insurance policy from day one.
4. Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
We do NOT provide repair services for items covered in the Home Inspection and the South Carolina regulating board prohibits this practice in order to protect the home owner/purchaser.
5. How long will the inspection take?
The average on-site inspection for a typical residential home inspection in the Myrtle Beach area takes about 2-3 hours. This varies depending upon the size, foundation type, age, and condition. Anything significantly less may not be adequate to perform a thorough inspection.
6. How much does your inspection cost?
Costs vary based on several factors. Square footage, type of foundation (slab, crawlspace, raised), age, and location are the primary factors that dictate pricing. A typical range for most homes in our area would be $300–$500. Condominium inspections range from $250-350. Consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Inspection cost does not necessarily reflect quality. I am not the cheapest inspector in the area.
7. What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?
We have seen numerous different Home Inspection report software and truly believe that a narrative-style report is the only way to go. Our easy to read and understand narrative reports are customized for each property. A typical inspection report takes 2-4 hours to complete. Our reports are completed no later than the day following inspection.