FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We’ve put together a list of our most commonly asked questions to help make the property inspection process as easy and transparent as possible.

We are committed to giving you the tools you need to make an informed decision when choosing a  property inspection company. We would love to answer any questions you have about home inspection services, and environmental testing. Just fill out the form below and we’ll answer your questions within 48 hours.


What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is an unbiased analysis and report on the condition of a property. While an inspection will detect cosmetic and maintenance related issues, the main purpose is to identify big ticket items of concern such as structural, mechanical, roof, electrical, plumbing, or other safety issues and/or items that could be cost prohibitive in the purchase.

What a Home Inspection is NOT Intended to do:

  • Identify hidden or dormant defects
  • Advise what should or shouldn’t be fixed
  • Provide recommendations on areas of personal preference
  • Determine the market value of the property
  • Provide recommendations on the purchase of the inspected property
  • Determine the life expectancy of the property
  • Inspect the county codes
  • Certify the property or its components

When Do I Need a Property Inspection?

  • If you’re buying a new or pre-owned home
  • If you’re selling a home
  • If you have a Builder’s warranty on a new home
  • If you own a home at any time and want environmental testing


Why do I Need an Inspection if I’m Selling?

If you’re thinking about selling, we recommend getting your home inspected so you can address any problems before you list your property. You may be able to increase the value of your home by correcting any issues found in your pre-sale inspection. Pre-sale property inspections can also help prevent you from making repairs or paying for repairs when you go under contract.


Why do I Need an Inspection if I’m Buying?

Getting a property inspection before you buy gives you peace of mind. Not only can the pre-purchase inspection help you avoid costly repairs in the future, it protects your investment. The inspection report makes it much easier to negotiate issues that you may want to repair by providing detailed evidence behind the request.  ABear Property Inspections streamlined report design makes such negotiations even easier because repair/replace, safety, and maintenance issues are segmented into a reference addendum that creates a list of the items you would like repaired or replaced.

Why do I Need a Property Inspection if I’m Buying a Brand-New Home?

It is beneficial to have numerous inspections throughout the build process to prevent unsafe foundations, incorrect rough framing, faulty electrical, HVAC, and plumbing, and improper dry wall and insulation installation, for example. While new homes may have an initial inspection by the county, the systems in new, unoccupied homes require more thorough testing because those systems have not run on a continuous or consistent basis. It is also important to have a final inspection to ensure your home is safe and up to standards.

What is Mold Test?

ABear Property Inspections uses advanced infrared scanning as well as a detailed visual inspection to identify the presence of mold in your home or building.  If concerns are found during our evaluation of the property an option for laboratory testing will be given.

What is the Standard Price for an Inspection? Home inspection and commercial inspection prices are based on a number of factors:

  • Square footage
  • Property type (single dwelling, apartment, commercial building, etc)
  • Number of dwellings to be inspected
  • Inspection add-ons, such as Mold Testing,

ABear Property Inspections believes in giving you complete and accurate information in each and every inspection. All of our property inspections include, at no additional charge:

  • Infrared scanning
  • Video explanations of any problems discovered during the inspection
  • Photos of each area inspected
  • A comprehensive, easy-to-read inspection report that includes a quick list of items of concern for quick negotiations

Our property inspections start at $350. Request a no-obligation quote today.

What to Look for When Choosing a Home Inspection Company:

  • The inspector has performed at least 1,000 inspections
  • The company has a strong referral base
  • The company is insured
  • Inspections are comprehensive
  • Inspection reports are comprehensive and segment key issues from normal wear and tear
  • The company uses advanced technology to detect issues
  • The company offers a full range of services including environmental testing

 
 What is Inspected During a Property Inspection?

ABear Property Inspections conducts comprehensive inspections, from the foundation to the roof and the basement to the attic. Here are some of areas and items we inspect:

  • Foundation, basement, crawlspace, and structural components
  • Doors and windows
  • Adjacent walkways and driveways
  • Stairs, steps, stoops, stairways, and ramps
  • Porches, patios, decks, balconies, and carports
  • Heating system
  • Cooling system
  • Plumbing system and fixtures
  • Water heater
  • Ventilation system
  • Electrical components
  • Fireplace
  • Insulation
  • Roof materials
  • Built-in appliances

Congratulations! You are one step closer to your new home.

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