Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is included in a home inspection?
A: All inspections include a visual inspection of the condition of the lot and grounds, exterior surfaces, roof, gutter system, attic, ventilation, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; foundation, basement, crawl spaces, visible structure, heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), kitchen appliances, interior plumbing and electrical systems.

Q: Does this include major household appliances?
A: Only if the appliances are built in (i.e. range, dishwasher, vent system, and garbage disposal). If appliances are considered to be portable and not part of the house (i.e. refrigerator, clothes washer and dryer, portable dishwasher, etc.), they are not included in a standard home inspection.

Q: How much does an inspection cost?
A: The cost of a property inspection varies depending upon additional tests that may be needed or desired, the size of structures and number of units. A standard inspection with full written report begins at $385. Other inspections such as asbestos, radon, lead paint and other tests carry additional charges that are not included in the standard inspection price.

Q: How long will it take?
A: A property inspection generally takes from three to four hours depending upon the type of structure inspected and whether or not the property is vacant at the time of the inspection.

Q: Will I receive a written inspection report?
A: Yes. A full written report is submitted to you after completing the property inspection. Click here to view a sample report.

Q: When will I receive the inspection report?
A: You will generally receive via e-mail or hard copy, a detailed report with summary sections and photographs within 2-3 business days of the inspection.

Q: Does the inspection report include cost estimates to correct the conditions noted at the property?
A:
Yes, ENVIRO TESTING’s report will summarize the major points of concern and provide an estimated dollar value for repairs whenever possible. In addition, the inspection will also highlight the positive aspects of the house.

Q: Who else has access to the report?
A: No one... unless you want them to have access to it. The inspector will not deliver an inspection report to any person other than yourself without your consent.

Q: Must a home inspector be licensed (certified)?
A: Yes, NYS does require licensing of home inspectors as do many other states.

Q: Will the home inspector tell me if I should buy the property?
A: No. ENVIRO TESTING will not report either in writing or verbally the market value or marketability of a property or whether a property should be purchased.  We will however, provide a comprehensive detailed report from which you can make an informed decision.