What is the purpose and scope of the home inspection?
The purpose of the home inspection is intended to provide you with objective information regarding the condition of the systems and components of the home as inspected at the time of the home inspection. The home inspection is a general inspection of the entire property and is unlike a contractor, engineering or architectural inspection and is not a code compliance inspection.
What is the difference between a contractor and home inspector?
There can be a significant difference from a home inspector opinion and a contractor opinion which is almost always related to current code requirements. Think about it, how can a 1950's house comply with current code requirements? It can't! Evaluation of components by contractors or professional services may reveal issues that are not within the scope of the home inspection or the home inspector does not observe.
Are there guarantees?
It is not possible for a home inspector to guarantee to observe or report all issues a house may have even those that may be categorized as obvious.
What does the home inspection cost?
The fees vary with the type of house, size and age. The exact fee needs to be determined so it is important to provide us with the address of the property for fee quotes. We list fee guidelines in the web site for your reference.
Do you offer Radon testing?
Radon tests are offered in most areas with the home inspection, not separately and the fee is additional.
Do you test for Mold, Asbestos or Lead?
We do not test for Mold, Asbestos or Lead. If you have concerns with any of these items it is recommended to consult with specialists.
Do you move furniture, carpet or personal belongings?
We do not move furniture, pull back carpet or move personal belongings. We do not damage walls, ceilings, remove ceiling panels or perform any form of destructive measures.
Do you issue a written report?
We issue a written report following the home inspection usually within 24 hours. The inspection report is in the form of a PDF document, follows the ASHI Standards of reporting, includes photos and is emailed to you and your agent with permission. The home inspection report is the property of the home inspection company and is not transferrable.
What if I have problems after I move in to the house?
The expectation is that you are satisfied with your home inspection but it is a possibility that you will experience some sort of post inspection problem after you move in. Most post inspection problems stem from a contractor telling you that the inspector should have caught something and is therefore responsible. This is not equitable since the parameters and scope of the home inspection differ from contractor opinions usually related to current code requirements within their industry. A home inspection is a limited inspection with time constraints, not a code compliance inspection and living in the property day to day, using the systems and appliances, may reveal issues requiring contractor evaluation and repair.
How do I schedule and inspection with you?
The most efficient way to schedule an inspection is to use the contact form or by text. Rusty Layton’s calendar is on line in the web site to check availability and the form has all of the information necessary to schedule, provide a fee quote or ask a question.
What if I have other questions?
Feel free to call Rusty Layton at 703-569-6600. The best way is to use the form or email for questions.