Frequently Asked Questions
⇒ Why is Getting a Professional Home Inspection Important?
Buying a home will most likely be your largest investment ever. It’s important to get a professional home inspection by a trained and certified inspector because it can discover and document defects that may or may not be apparent to you as a prospective buyer or seller. Such defects can range from simple replacements and repairs to severe damage or safety and health concerns. It’s important to note, many mortgage companies require a home inspection on a property before approving the home loan.
⇒ How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost?
The cost of an inspection is dependent on many factors. such as the square footage of the home, and the scope of the inspection to be performed. Before the inspection, we will determine what will be included in the inspection and the cost of your inspection. This will also be outlined in the inspection agreement you sign before the inspection. Feel free to contact us, and we can give you a better idea of the price it will cost for your home inspection.
⇒ How Long Does the Inspection Take?
We schedule most inspections for 4 hours, but the length of a home inspection depends on many factors, including the home’s age, size, and location. If a home inspection is rushed and only takes around an hour, it is not thorough enough and shouldn’t be trusted. Feel free to contact us, and we can give you a better idea of the time it will take to inspect your property.
⇒ Do I Need to Attend the Inspection?
While you do not need to be there during the inspection, we encourage you to attend the last hour if possible so we can answer your questions and show you some of the things that you will see in the inspection report. We understand that your schedule may not allow you to attend, but we will still give you a high-quality inspection and go over the inspection report with you.
⇒ What is a Thermal Imaging Home Inspection?
Vecc-Inspects uses thermal imaging for residential home inspections. This imaging test is conducted using a thermal imaging camera. While the camera doesn’t allow the inspector to see through walls, ceilings, and floors it aims to detect warning signs of deficiencies within the foundation, walls, attics, or hard-to-see spaces of the home.
A thermal imaging camera can see in the infrared spectrum and detect warm and cold heat signatures. The colors of a warm image are white and red, while a cold image is yellowish and blue. In case you’re not aware, water and moisture absorb heat energy, which causes them to have a cool signature. The thermal imaging camera detects these signatures to identify potential water leaks.
⇒ How Does an Infrared Thermography Inspection Work?
The process of completing a thermal camera inspection follows a basic structure. The Home Inspector will pass the thermal image camera over the surface of the interior and exterior walls, ceilings, floors, and all other accessible areas of the property.
As the camera passes over each surface, it produces a thermal image translated into various colors depending on the temperature signature it detects. These color variations help the home inspector identify potential problem areas that may require further investigation. Once the thermal imaging inspection is complete, the home inspector will review the images with the buyer or seller and point out any areas of concern.
⇒ How are Infrared Home Inspections Different from Regular Home Inspections?
A typical home inspection is a visual review of the overall conditions of a property. It will include a detailed inspection of the home’s electrical, plumbing, HVAC, foundation, roofing, and other features of the home. While the inspector will use several specialized tools to gauge the quality and integrity of these systems, an average home inspection does not include thermal imaging.
Vecc-Inspects includes thermal imaging as part of the home inspection. A thermal imaging home inspection can identify potential problem areas that may require further investigation that a regular home inspection may not.
⇒ Does Thermal Imaging Help Identify Potential Water Leaks?
Yes, thermal imaging can detect water leaks. Water leaks can cause extensive damage to a property if left unaddressed, and most of them don’t visually appear until the damage has been done. Thermal imaging can help identify potential water leaks early on – by detecting moisture before it has a chance to cause significant damage.
⇒ Is Thermal Imaging Non-Invasive?
Unlike other types of inspection methods, thermal imaging does not require any demolition or opening of walls. The thermal imaging camera simply needs access to the surface area in question. This makes thermal imaging a very non-invasive inspection method that won’t cause any damage to the property.
⇒ Does Thermal Imaging Take a Long Time?
A thermal imaging inspection can be conducted quickly and easily in just a few hours. And because it’s such a non-invasive method, there’s no need for the buyer or seller to be present during the inspection. This makes thermal imaging a very convenient option for busy buyers and sellers who want an accurate picture of the property without disrupting their schedule.
⇒ What is inspected during a standard home inspection?
You will receive a written inspection report describing the following:
- Grading & Drainage
- Roof Covering Materials
- Roof Structures & Attics
- Walls (Interior & Exterior)
- Ceilings & Floors
- Doors (Interior & Exterior)
- Stairways (Interior & Exterior)
- Fireplaces & Chimneys
- Porches, Balconies, Decks, & Carports
- Service Entrance & Panels
- Branch Circuits, Connected Devices, & Fixtures
Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Systems
- Heating Equipment
- Cooling Equipment
- Duct Systems, Chases, & Vents
- Plumbing Supply, Distribution Systems, & Fixtures
- Drains, Wastes, & Vents
- Water Heating Equipment
- Hydro-Massage Therapy Equipment
- Food Waste Disposers
- Range Hood & Exhaust Systems
- Ranges, Cooktops, & Ovens
- Microwave Ovens
- Mechanical Exhaust Vents & Bathroom Heaters
- Garage Door Operators
- Dryer Exhaust Systems
- Landscape Irrigation (Sprinkler) Systems
- Swimming Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, & Equipment
- Private Water Wells
- Private Sewage Disposal (Septic) Systems