Frequently Asked Questions Home Buyers & Sellers have for Home Inspectors

Why should I have a professional home inspection?

A home purchase is likely one of the biggest investments you will ever make, and an inspection from AmeriSpec® helps provide the information you need to feel confident about it. After receiving our thorough, objective report detailing the home’s condition, you’ll be able to make a smart, informed decision.

How long does an inspection take?

The process usually takes two to three hours depending on size, age and condition of the home and any additional services provided.

Do I need to be present during the inspection?

Ideally, yes. The goal of a home inspection is not just to inspect the property, but also to educate you, the homeowner or potential buyer, about the property’s condition. This is better achieved if you are present at the time of the inspection.

How will the inspection help me determine the condition of the home?

During the course of the home inspection, the inspector will explain the condition of the property. You will also be provided with the AmeriSpec Report to help you make an informed purchasing decision.

What is included in The AmeriSpec Report?

The AMERISPEC REPORT is an easy-to-reference document detailing the condition of the home’s major components (such as heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, roofing, etc.). In addition, you’ll receive a Seasonal Maintenance Checklist with tips for keeping your home in shape, a do-it-yourself Home Repair Manual, Home Tips Guide, Repair Cost Guide, Moving Guide and more.

Do you offer a home warranty with your home inspections?

Yes, AmeriSpec has an exclusive partnership with First Canadian Title (FCT) to offer two optional innovative services.amerispec home inspector exterior homebuyer

The first, for home sellers, is the Certified Resale Home which is a pre-listing home inspection and an 18-month warranty with $20,000 of coverage, transferable to the buyer. Find out more about The Certified Resale Home.

The second service is the Certified Home Protection Plan which is offered to home buyers. It is a package of an AmeriSpec home inspection along with a 21-month home warranty through FCT, again providing $20,000 in coverage for the home buyer. Learn more.

Why should I choose AmeriSpec over a local competitor?

Since its inception, AmeriSpec has conducted in excess of 2 million inspections. AmeriSpec has locations near you throughout the United States and Canada. We have some of the best training in the industry and understand what it takes to conduct a thorough, professional and independent home inspection. Don’t take our word for it, see what our customers say.

What qualifications do AmeriSpec inspectors have?

All of our inspectors are trained and certified to meet the highest industry standards. AmeriSpec offers the best education in the industry by combining classroom instruction and hands-on technical training in our state-of-the-art facility.

To enhance our classes, AmeriSpec uses a complete educational training system developed specifically for us by Carson Dunlop and Associates, one of the most respected names in professional home inspection training.

AmeriSpec also takes continuing education seriously. Technical training classes are held periodically throughout the year to educate our franchise owners about new inspection services and changes in the industry.

Should I Be Present During the Home Inspection?

It is especially important to be present during our inspection. By accompanying the inspector, you will have the opportunity to:

  • See the condition of each key component throughout the house and property firsthand, helping give a better understanding of the home and of the resulting inspection report.
  • Ease any concerns about findings which may seem distressing on paper but are in fact superficial. For example, the inspector might explain that inexpensive lubricant can quiet an alarming appliance noise or that an unsightly column needs only a coat of paint.
  • Have all of your questions and concerns addressed immediately as they arise.

Prior to the inspection, please prepare a list of any questions or concerns you may have about the property, and communicate those issues to us in advance to ensure they will be properly addressed (and that any necessary special arrangements can be made). Please bring your list to the inspection as well.