Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect at an inspection?
Our inspections meet or exceed industry accepted standards. Every Gorden Homes inspection is based on the standards of practice set forth by American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
At Gorden Homes, we understand that you may want to be part of the inspection process. We encourage you to come along on the inspection and we will provide you with valuable knowledge and insight to any questions or concerns that may pop up along the way.
We’ll discuss our findings and explain the impact on your potential investment and what may need to be addressed now or in the future.
Preparing for the inspection
To be able to plan for your inspection, you should expect:
to spend 2-3 hours, this includes time for questions or discussion.
to get dusty or muddy, depending on the property and weather.
to work with your realtor to gain full access to the house with all utilities in working order
our inspector to check from bottom to top (among others):
the home’s structure
plumbing, electrical, heating/cooling systems
attics and insulation
installed appliances oexterior of the home, including roof, basement/crawlspace and foundation, chimneys and fireplaces
porches, patios, decks and landscape grade (although not irrigation systems) not to be rushed. If you need more time for questions or consultation, just ask.
Can I follow along on an inspection?
Yes! At Gorden Homes, we understand that you may want to be part of the inspection process. We encourage you to come along on the inspection and we will provide you with valuable knowledge and insight to any questions or concerns that may pop up along the way.
Do I have to take notes?
Only if you want to! You don't have to take notes during the inspection. We will document everything in a written report.
It's much better to follow the inspector through the home, listen to his comments, and ask questions to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision, rather than worry about taking extensive notes in the moment.
Can I ask questions?
Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop the inspector and ask questions as you go.
If the inspector's comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation, we’re happy to expand on anything.
What should I wear?
If you wish to accompany your inspector, you should prepare to get dusty or muddy, depending on the property and weather, so please dress accordingly.
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 1/2 hours walking through the home with the inspector. You won't have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, though.
Can I bring my family?
Although we love children, we recommend that you not bring them to your inspection; this is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on the inspector's comments – the fewer distractions, the better.
Do I get a written report? When?
You will receive a written report. Your report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. In some cases, it can be prepared and delivered on site at the end of the inspection, otherwise, it is normally delivered via email within 24-business hours.
If it's really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?
No. Our role is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether you buy the house, and at what price.
The home inspection is very important, but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all the factors at play. Your Realtor can assist in adjusting any offer if necessary.
Do you offer a warranty on the house?
A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information; a snapshot in time of the observed condition of the home. It's a little like getting a check-up from your doctor: It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty.
Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house – they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don't leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed.
Home warranty programs are available from various providers. We would be happy to work with you and your Realtor to help you contact a warranty company.
How many days notice do I need to give you?
Our inspectors are ready to serve you quickly. However, when the sale of a home is conditional on the results of a home inspection, we recommend that you allow at least three days to arrange for a home inspection. In many cases, we can be there the next day!
If our inspectors are available, we can arrange to be on site for a preliminary inspection at the initial walk through of a home. This can help cut down on the time you need for conditional offers, while providing you with essential information immediately.
What are your credentials?
Inspector Carl Gorden is professionally trained through The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the premier home inspection accreditation organization in the country.
Carl has a 20+ year background in construction and is passionately committed to keeping up-to-date on the latest building components and inspection techniques. He combines old-fashioned know-how and experience with the latest advances in technology.
What services do you offer? How much do they cost?
All our services are detailed on our
Services & Booking page.
Please note, our fees vary based on the time, tools, and certifications needed to perform the inspection.