Frequently Asked Questions
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What is your service area?
Our service area includes Sedgwick, Sumner, Butler, Harvey, and most of Cowley, Harper, Reno, McPherson, Marion, and Kingman counties! Not sure if the home or building you need inspected is in our service area? Give us a call at (316) 773-0200.
Please note that some locations very far outside Wichita may be subject to a travel charge.
What exactly is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of the all the systems and physical structural elements of a home. Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would affect a purchaser's buying decision.
What are some of the most common problems found?
We've compiled a list of the most common issues for you.
Why do I need a home inspection?
A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. In addition to finding out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy, a professional inspection can help you avoid costly surprise repairs and problems by giving you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property.
An inspection isn’t just for buyers though. If you are selling your home, a listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyer’s inspector. Finding them early will give you a chance to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale. Learn more.
What does a home inspection include?
Our standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows, and all visible structures.
Do I need to be there during the inspection?
No, you don't have to be, but we strongly recommend it to get the maximum benefit from your inspection. It often helps customers understand the finished report better and gives you a chance to ask any questions you might have. Many people find that it's a learning experience where they find out valuable information about their home and how to maintain it.
How long will the inspection take?
The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 2 hours is pretty typical, but for larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.
Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?
Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is important. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. Its especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished. As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has made a mistake. Even small mix-ups during construction could cause big problems down the road.
Why cant I do the inspection myself?
Even someone who is very familiar with home construction may still not have the highly specialized knowledge, training, and experience of a professional Home Inspector.
Here at TFB we’ve inspected thousands of homes, and so while we’re familiar with all the systems of a home, and how they work and need to be maintained, we also know what to look for to tell us that they are getting ready to fail.
Another important reason to have a professional complete the inspection is that, when involved in the buying or selling of a home, it’s important for both sides to have a fair, unbiased look at the condition of the home. The inspector will remain a neutral third party and provide an objective report of the facts.
What if the inspection uncovers problems?
No house is perfect, and problems will probably surface. The important thing to remember is that knowing about a problem is better than not knowing about it.
Knowing gives you the power to make an informed decision to purchase or not. Should you choose to go through with the purchase a detailed account of all of the problems will also help you attempt to negotiate with the seller; you can request to have repairs completed before closing, a lower price, or more favorable contract terms.
Will you fix the problems you find during the inspection?
No. The code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home.