Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to buying a home, HouseCo Home Inspection Services LLC is here to help make the process as stress-free as possible. We know that it is our job to be sure the investment you are about to make is a good one. So feel free to browse through our “Frequently Asked Questions” or if you can’t find an answer here you can call Darrell Holdcroft, our owner/inspector, at (502) 216-3409 or reach us via our contact page.
We are licensed and insured in the state of Kentucky & Indiana. We successfully completed the required training at a state-certified home inspection school. In addition, we are an InterNACHI certified home inspector. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors – InterNACHI® – is the largest and most trusted home inspector association in the world. Its members undergo rigorous training to become Certified Professional Inspectors (CPIs)®. They also follow a Standards of Practice and adhere to a Code of Ethics.
A home inspection is a visual examination of the home’s major structure, systems and components that are visible and safely accessible as defined by InterNACHI Standards of Practice. The inspector should provide you with a written report, which may include photos and/or recommendations of his or her findings of the inspection. Read InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice to find out what is typically included and excluded in a home inspection.
A home inspection will typically include an examination of the foundation and basement, roof, attic, heating and cooling systems, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as the general condition of the structure itself. An inspector will look for poor construction practices and make note of any repairs that might be required or any general maintenance issues. More important, they will also make note of any fire and safety issues that need to be addressed.
Buying a home is typically the biggest investment you will ever make. A home inspection is important because the inspector should be able to discover and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer. Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs, to severe damage or safety and health concerns. Additionally, most mortgage companies require a home inspection on a property before approving the home loan. Read InterNACHI’s Top 10 Reasons to Get a Home Inspection.
Typical inspections last between 2.5 – 4 hours depending on the age, condition, and size of the home. Larger homes, older homes, or homes with multiple issues always take longer than smaller, newer, well maintained properties.
Although it is not required for the client to be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. This is a great chance to learn more about the home and ask questions about the condition of the home and how to maintain it. Because home inspections can take 2.5 – 4 hours and we know your time is valuable, some of our customers arrive halfway through the inspection. We will still walk through the details of the inspection once it is complete.
Rates will typically not vary more than $100 between different companies and are based on the square footage and age of the property. Click here to get a quote.
We “walk” every roof that we safely can and would estimate we are able to walk on 70-80% of roofs we come across. For the roofs that are not safely accessible due to excessive pitch, weather conditions, height, or the roof conditions themselves, we utilize an aerial drone and provide pictures in the report.
Because you need to have a special license to do these inspections, we work with great 3rd party companies who give special pricing to my clients. Just confirm you need a termite inspection, and we will coordinate the scheduling and get the reports to you.
We have the same SupraKey (blue box) access that Realtors have. All others usually us a combination box. Both conceal the property key for access.