Ask these 11 Questions of any other Home Inspector & compare their answers to ours ~ you’ll see how Sherlock Home Inspections stands out.
1. Are you a member of the National or International Association of Home Inspectors (NACHI) or (InterNACHI)?
Certification ensures that the inspector meets strict guidelines and adheres to industry standards set forth by the largest and most reputable home inspection organization in the country (unlike other Inspector Associations or Societies that accept anyone who pays a membership fee).
YES – All inspectors are certified by, and active members of InterNACHI. They adhere to Standards of Practice, abide by a Code of Ethics, and attend required continuing education courses.
2. What are your qualifications?
Inspectors’ experience should not be specialized. They should have a comprehensive knowledge of all areas of residential structures and components. An electrician is not qualified to inspect plumbing; a plumber shouldn’t inspect HVAC, etc.
All of our inspectors are specifically experienced in all areas of residential inspection & required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education per year.
3. Do you and your inspectors have a current license?
YES, But that is a minimum requirement. Anything less would be illegal. This is why question numbers 1 & 2 are so important.
4. What specifically will the inspection cover?
Sherlock Home Inspections goes above and beyond industry standards.
We inspect several aspects and components of a home that many inspectors do not.
We conduct several procedures & use several tools for inspecting that many inspectors do not.
Site Grounds & Grading Lot Area
Foundation Porches, Decks, Patios
Exterior & Structure Exterior Walls
Doors & Windows Roofing Components
Soffit & Fascia Gutters & Downspouts
Interior Components Walls, Floors & Ceilings
Interior Surfaces Kitchen & Bathrooms
Electrical Systems & Components Heating & Cooling System
Plumbing Systems Attic & Attic Access
Insulation Garage / Carport
Chinese Drywall Pest Inspection
Pool + Deck, Equipment, & Enclosure Seawall, Dock & Boat Lift
Well Water Equipment Out-buildings, Etc.
4 Point Insurance Inspection Wind Mitigation Inspection
Air Quality Inspection Water Quality Inspection
Lead-Based Paint Septic Inspection
5. How long does the inspection take?
The average for a single inspector is two to three hours for a typical single-family home. Our inspectors are very experienced and proficient, so they may finish earlier. However, they will take as long as needed to do a thorough inspection.
6. Can we accompany you on the inspection?
YES – you absolutely may accompany our inspector(s) during the inspection. Our professional inspectors are not only experienced and knowledgeable, but also friendly, approachable, and well-spoken. However, it is not a requirement. Our inspection report is very thorough and easy to read. We don’t consider a job to be complete until all of your questions are answered.
7. How long will it take to receive your inspection report, once the inspection is completed?
Our report will be delivered within 24 hours (usually the same evening).
8. Can you send a copy of the inspection report to my realtor or another 3rd party?
Yes – with your permission we will gladly send a copy of the report to a 3rd party via e-mail at no additional cost.
9. Does the report include estimates of repair costs?
No – if an inspector answers this question “yes” that may indicate a conflict of interest. We recommend obtaining quotes from licensed professionals who will actually do the work.
10. Do you have references?
Our best reference is likely whoever referred you to us. Sherlock Home Inspections is “By Referral Only”… We do not spend our resources on advertising. You will not see us in any publications, TV or radio. Instead we invest 100% of our time and energy to delivering first-class service to our clients. As a result, our valued clients, along with real estate, mortgage, and insurance professionals, refer their family, friends and clients to us for all their home inspection needs. Also, see the “Satisfied Customers” page of our website to see what others have to say about us.
11. How much will the inspection cost?
That depends on the type of inspection you are looking for, the size & age of the house, etc.
Our fees are always competitive without cutting corners. Pricing can be found on our “Services” page, or feel free to give us a call for a quote.