Frequently asked questions

How much are home inspections?


What you should really be asking yourself are questions like: How much does a new roof cost? What would it cost to repair extensive termite damage? Are there any major (and expensive) plumbing or electrical issues? Are the electrical appliances grounded? The typical cost of a home inspection is too low to pass on. On average it’s less than 1/10th of 1% of the price of the home. It is your insurance policy that you are getting full value of what you are buying or selling, and assurance you are paying or asking for the correct price.




When does the inspection need to be completed?


Immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract. Make sure your final purchase obligation is contingent on the findings of a certified home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated. Having this will allow you to close escrow with peace of mind.




Can I do my own home inspection?


Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and training of a certified home inspector. Our inspectors are familiar with building code requirements, the proper installation of appliances and fixtures and above all potential safety issues. Are you going to crawl under the house? Do you know what to look for while you are under there? Prepared to climb into the attic? Let us do the dirty work and do it right! Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house or commercial property they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. Conversely, sellers oftentimes will intentionally or unwittingly overlook major issues with their home or property. For an impartial review of your property hiring us for a non-bias opinion is in your best interest.




Do I have to attend the home inspection?


It’s not required for you to be present for the inspection, but it is recommended. By observing the inspector you will think of questions to ask during the home inspection. You can learn about the condition of the property and how to maintain it. The inspection itself usually lasts 3-4 hours and by attending you can see how thorough we are. At the end of the inspection the inspector will review the report with you to make sure you understand how to read it. He will also describe the pictures of issues he has found and their locations. He may also be able to provide recommendations on remediation of his findings. If you are not able to attend the inspection you will still be emailed a comprehensive report.




What if the home inspector finds problems?


The inspector will identify problems. We have never inspected a home that didn’t have at least a few minor issues. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy the property. Instead you can use this information to negotiate the price or request repairs to be made before you close escrow. If the seller is not willing to make repairs at least you will be informed about what needs to be fixed. This will allow you to determine if the home is really in your budget. If you are the seller you now know ahead of time what issues a buyer's home inspection may uncover, and you can make a decision on what course of action to take - either to fix or remediate the issues ahead of time or be ready to adjust your selling price accordingly should the buyer bring them to your attention.




Why should I choose Thurston & Son Home Inspection?


Our inspectors are certified and trained by The National Association of Home Inspectors. We have over 15+ years of experience in hands-on building and construction best practice methodology. Our process is efficient, fair and thorough. Our prices are competitive. You will receive a full and comprehensive report that is easy to read and understand - one you can make a sound business decision on. If you are the buyer you'll have insurance and peace of mind that your purchase is a sound business decision. If you are the seller you can be confident your asking price is the best it can be and can be backed up by a quality home inspection.