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Standard Buyers Inspection

A Standard Inspection includes the following:

- 2 1/2 to 3-hour inspection of your home

- Infrared scanning at areas of concern

- An on-site walk-through/review of the inspection findings with your inspector (45 minutes)

- A detailed report - loaded with images - e-mailed to you (by the next day)

- Responses to your follow-up questions via e-mail or phone

Your inspection will inform you of the following:

* What items are in need of repair, and what items - if any - are in need of immediate attention
* Approximately how much longer you can expect major items to last

* Overall condition of major systems
* Maintenance tips

How it works:
Times are approximations - and will vary by size / condition of home

AM Appointment: Inspection starts at 9:30 AM
Buyer/Client arrives at 11:45 for the walk-through/review
Inspection completed by 12:45 PM

PM Appointment: Inspection starts at 2:00 PM
Buyer/Client arrives at 4:15 PM for the walk-through/review
Inspection completed by 5:30 PM

The Walkthrough:

During the "walk-through" of the property, your inspector will discuss the primary concerns that were found during the inspection. He will also provide maintenance recommendations and answer any additional questions you may have.  If necessary, he may also help direct you to an appropriate specialist for further evaluation and/or repair of a specific item.

Clients are always welcome to arrive earlier than the designated walk-through time.  In some cases, your inspector will wrap up earlier than planned.  Arriving earlier then allows more time for the review - and this is valuable time.

The walk-through is not an appropriate time to bring a large group to view the home.  This tends to distract buyers from the inspector's review - and also consumes review time with non-related issues.

If you need a contractor to be present during the inspection (i.e. for estimates of an upcoming project), please advise them that their review/summary must take place after the inspection is complete (an exception to this would be sewer scoping companies).

Your inspection report will be e-mailed to you by the following day.  Since the report is your property, it is sent only to you (and your agent, if desired). We do not share the information with any other individuals (including the seller, or any city official).

What happens after the inspection?

Once you have had time to review your report, your agent will help you determine what, if any items you will request the sellers to repair prior to closing.  There are no rules for this, but your inspector and your agent can help instruct you on what types of issues are most commonly requested.

Some of the most commonly requested items include the following:

Safety concerns - of any kind
This includes items such as gas leaks, repairs to amateur electrical wiring, repairs to rotting deck connections, requests for a safety check of a furnace.

Structural issues
This includes items such as rotted support posts, or bowing foundation walls.

Plumbing leaks
We tend to find leaks at almost every home and anything water related is generally a requested fix.

Ultimately it will depend on what is most concerning to you. Some buyers may prefer to request a reduction in the purchase price, or ask for cash at closing to compensate for unexpected repairs.

In some cases, buyers simply determine that there is just too much work needed and will terminate the purchase agreement.


In most cases, an agreement is made between the two parties through negotiations and the deal moves forward.

Either way, you can sleep well at night – knowing that your home has been thoroughly inspected by a qualified professional. 

Why choose us?

We're More Thorough: Some inspectors prefer to have their clients follow them for the entire duration of the inspection and while this does speed up the process, it is much more likely for things to be overlooked when using this approach. We have found that a designated walk-through/review period results in a more thorough inspection and ultimately, a much better product for our clients.

Our Reports are Better: Once your inspection is over, the report is all that you take with you, so detail and clarity are essential.  Some inspectors provide abbreviated reports because they are quick and easy to generate.  Of course, that is of no advantage to you.  At Suburban Home Inspections, we spend more time on our reports, but still manage to have them e-mailed in a timely manner.  And each report is loaded with images that will help you explain the results to third parties, if necessary.

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