Frequently Asked Questions

Why Hire Sunset Home Inspections LLC?

I will take the time to thoroughly inspect your  new home. My inspections usually take 3-5 hours, many inspectors will only spend 1-2 hours on their inspections. I devote myself to my clients and do not overbook myself, while other  inspectors will do 3 or even 4 inspections in a single day. It doesn’t  take much to figure out how much time they’re going to spend looking at  your new home. When you come right down to it, I take the time to look at the details that matter.

Following my evaluation I will compile my findings into an easy-to-read report, which will include detailed descriptions, photos and videos of any issues I've discovered. I'll email you the report within 24-48 hours after my inspection. My job is not done until you understand everything in it.

Why Do Your Competitors Cost Less?

All home inspectors are not equal. You only have one chance to get a good home inspection. You don’t want cheap, you want the best home inspection possible! Saving a few bucks by using a bargain-priced home inspector could cost you thousands of dollars in repair costs in the  long run. Most of the time you really do get what you pay for.  

My inspections are backed by a Buy Back Guarantee, include free warranties for your peace of mind and services that will help take some of the stress out of moving.

Should I attend the inspection?

Yes, you should attend the inspection to get the most benefit. I  encourage you to attend the inspection so I can educate you on the homes condition and regular maintenance. I'd love to answer any questions that you may have. 

When Should I Schedule My Inspection?

As soon as possible after you have a signed purchase contract. I’m often scheduled a week in advance, so make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to get repair estimates for major problems that may show up during the inspection.

For newly constructed homes, schedule the inspection a few days  before your walk-through with the builder so that you’ll have my written  report in your hands during the walk-through. You should schedule  warranty inspections at least a month before your warranty expires.  Again, keep in mind that I’m often booked a week or more in advance.

How Do I Prepare For The Inspection?

The Seller Should

  • Make sure the driveway is clear of ice and snow.
  • Make sure that all utilities to the home are in operation mode. (Water, Gas, Electric)
  • Make sure attic, crawlspace, furnace and electric panel access is not obstructed in any way.
  • Make sure boxes are not obstructing the view of the foundation wall.
  • Unlock areas such as storage closets, fence gates, electric panels and crawl space hatches.
  • Remove pets from the property, or secure them so they are not free to roam.

The Buyer Should:

  • Leave the kids at home – you won’t be able to pay attention to them and the inspection at the same time. That goes for family members or friends who would like to see the house too.
  • Arrive at the agreed upon time so you have good understanding of my process and issues. 

Should the Seller Get an Inspection?

Simply Yes! A Move-In Certified™ home has been pre-inspected, which means that the  seller can confirm that there are no major systems in need of immediate repair or replacement, and no known safety hazards. The Seller Inspection informs you of any defects or problems with your home  so that you can address them before prospective buyers discover them.  You can then take the time you need to obtain reasonable repair  estimates. Show prospective buyers that you are dealing in good faith.  Avoid 11th-hour negotiations and delays, and justify your full asking  price by having your home pre-inspected now.

Do You Have Limitations?

Yes, I can’t see through walls or predict the future! I am trained to  note signs and conditions. Keep in mind that a home inspection lasts  only a few hours, and it’s not technically exhaustive. A home inspection  is not an appraisal or a check for compliance with building codes and  it’s not an evaluation for any biological or environmental hazards. I adhere to a comprehensive standards of practice.

What If You Find Problems?

No house is perfect – not even new construction. The report is not a  seller’s “Must-Fix” list; it’s just an impartial reporting of conditions  giving you clear direction for what should be done about each problem.  Every situation is different – it’s up to you and your real estate agent  to decide how to proceed after the inspection.

What If I Have Questions Later?

Your understanding of the home is my highest priority. You can ask questions for as long as you own your home. There’s no charge as long as I can answer by phone or e-mail without coming back out to the house.

I also include with every inspection a home maintenance book and Home Owners Resource, FREE technical support for life, for all your home-related questions.