What is a Home Inspection?
An inpsection begins by collecting data on the property.
This is done through visual inspection, measurements via equipment, and a general survey of the property. The process is non-invasive.
Once the survey is complete, a meaningful, thorough, and extensive report about the condition, attributes, and defects of the property is genereated and available to you within 24 hours.
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What is included in a home inspection?
Mid-America Inspection Services’s inspectors follow InterNACHI's Standards of Practice. The following are some of the many items that will be inspected:
- Water heater
- Cooling system
- Heating system
- Doors and windows
- Foundation and floor structure
- Ceilings, floors, and walls
- Electrical system
- Plumbing system
- Built-in appliances
- Walkways, driveways, and patios
- Attic and crawlspaces
- Structural components
What does a Home Inspection not do?
- Identify concealed or latent defects.
- Comment on aesthetics of the property or identify cosmetic defects.
- Determine the market value of the property.
- Advisement on the purchase of the inspected property.
- Quantify the life expectancy of the property or components.
- A county code inspection.
What is an Inspection Report?
- Provides a summary of the property’s attributes; both negative and positive.
- Includes photos of the property taken during the inspection.
- Your report will be available within 24 hours of the inspection.
- Gives you the information needed to make an informed decision regarding your perspective property.
How long does a typical inspection last?
The typical home inspection lasts between two and three hours.
Do you work weekends, holidays, or evenings?
Mid-America Inspection Services schedules inspections 7 days a week at 8AM, 12PM, and 4PM. We are available Monday through Friday from 7AM to 7PM and Saturday and Sunday from 8AM to 5PM.
What is the standard price for a home inspection?
Each inspection company comes with various qualifications, insurances, and credentials.
Our home inspections range from $350 up to $500 and above. Unlike our competitors, we charge per finished square foot to make sure you get the best price. If your home is 2100 square feet, you only pay for 2100 square feet. You will not be charged for unfinished rooms such as an unfinshed basement.
Our inspectors look at the property from top to bottom, inside and out. This is why we base pricing off square footage. Additional kitchens cost $25 each and unfinished out buildings cost $50 each.
Who needs a home inspection?
It is recommended you get a home inspection if:
- You are buying a home.
- You are selling a home.
- You have a builder’s warranty on a new home.
What are Mid-America Inspection Services's certifications?
Mid-America Inspection Services' inspectors are InterNACHI certified. InterNACHI (InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors) is an accredited, trusted inspector certification that is world renowned.
What are some of the desirable qualifications for a home inspector?
- Belongs to an association.
- Is certified with a reputable company.
- Has experience.
- Is insured.
- Provides a guarantee.
- Covers a broad range of items within inspection.
- Has a thorough, detailed report.
- Is competitively priced without cutting corners.
What questions should you ask an inspector before hiring?
- What are their qualifications?
- Are they certified? By whom?
- How many inspections have they done?
- Do they carry professional insurance?
- Do they have a garuntee? What are the terms and conditions?
- What is covered? What is not covered?
- Do they have an example report?
- How long does the inspection last?
- How much will the inspection cost?
Why do I need an inspection if I'm buying a home?
It is good idea to get an inspection before buying any home. Some mortgage lenders even require one. This helps avoid costly and unexpected repairs in the future. A home inspection also presents you with items to be repaired or replaced in your Inspection Objection. Basically, it is a great way to save you money!
Why do I need an inspection if I'm selling?
It is highly recommended that you get your home inspected before selling. This prevents you from having to make repairs or pay for repairs when you go under contract.
Moreover, you receive an unbiased report you can trust and are able to even increase the value of your property before you sell it by making the necessary repairs.
Why do I need an inspection for an expiring builder's warranty?
A home inspection will allow you to present your builder with a detailed report before your warranty runs out. This will give you evidence of any issues you need repaired before the warranty expires and you become liable for any issues with your home.
Why do I need a home inspection if I'm buying a brand new home?
No one is perfect, and even brand new home builders make mistakes.
It is beneficial to have numerous inspections throughout the build process to prevent unsafe foundations, incorrect rough framing, faulty electrical, HVAC, plumbing, improper dry wall and/or insulation installation.
It is also important to have a final inspection to ensure your home is safe and up to standards.
What do well-water lab reports consist of and mean?
Mid-America Inspection Services water testing will be able to produce accurate results to determine if you have any contaminants lurking in your water supply.
The report will provide sample reporting for Arsenic, Lead, Coliform bacteria, and Nitrates.
Suggested maximum levels for Nitrate Nitrogen and Fluoride are mandatory maximums set by The Minnesota Department of Health.