Q: Why should I have a home inspection?
A: If you are a buyer, to give you peace of mind. The house that you're considering purchasing is one of the biggest investments you'll ever make. In making a decision of this magnitude, it's important to make it with confidence. Having your future home inspected by a certified professional inspector reduces your risk and protects your investment.
If you are a seller, it may be to your advantage to have your home inspected before you put it on the market. This can increase marketability of the home and eliminate unwanted surprises that may be discovered by the buyer's inspector (which could slow down or terminate the real estate transaction.)
Q: Should I attend the inspection?
A: YES. We recommend that you attend. If you can't or don't want to attend the entire inspection, then we at least encourage you to come before the end of the inspection. That way we can discuss the inspection report with you, point out, if necessary, any items that might warrant attention or repair, and answer any questions that you may have.
Q: How long does an inspection take?
A: It depends greatly on the size, age and condition of the house. The inspector will remain at the home for as long as it takes to completely and accurately inspect the structure. With that said, the "average" inspection usually lasts at least three hours. This includes the actual inspection and discussing the inspection findings with our customer at the completion of the inspection. To ensure quality, our inspectors perform no more than two full inspections per day.
Q: What associations do you belong to?
A: APEX belongs to the following associations:
ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors)
OREIA (Oregon Real Estate Inspectors Association)
Q: Are you insured?
A: YES. APEX carries both errors & omissions insurance and general liability insurance. In addition, we provide Realtor indemnification coverage (an Additional Insured Endorsement for those Realtors that provide referrals to APEX.) Also, our inspectors, who are employees of APEX, are covered by worker's compensation insurance.
Q: Why should I choose APEX Home Inspections?
A: The previous pages have given some pretty good reasons why. The single most important reason why, though, is our philosophy in doing home inspections: We inspect every house as carefully and thoroughly as if WE were buying it ourselves.