AM I REQUIRED TO GET A HOME INSPECTION?
Absolutely not! Kentucky law does not currently require a home inspection when you buy or sell a residential property. However, your realtor will always recommend a professional inspector to ensure you have ALL information possible that an inspector can supply to you so that you can make an informed decision. The small cost of the inspection FAR OUTWEIGHS the potential repair costs you could encounter without a professional inspection. Additionally, the results of the inspection could potentially save you a lot of money on your purchase price.
Be sure to speak with your realtor about this...they're the most informed professional in the entire home-buying and home-selling experience.
WHO NEEDS TO HAVE AN INSPECTION?
The most common answer is "Anyone purchasing a home." However, many sellers have inspections done prior to contacting a realtor. WHY? This ensures that anything that needs to be repaired or updated is identified. If the seller chooses to perform those updates or repairs, they can potentially get top dollar for their property. This helps keep the negotiating power in the seller's court as the buyer has fewer options to negotiate.
A note about brand new homes: Even brand new homes should be inspected by a professional home inspector. We all make mistakes now and then, building contractors included. Sometimes, something as simple as a disconnected shower drain (it happens...A LOT!) can wreak havoc on your new home. The contractor would much prefer to fix it BEFORE it becomes a liability issue for him and a total inconvenience for you. A couple hundred dollars can save you THOUSANDS in potential litigation fees and months of inconvenience.
HOW MUCH DOES A PROFESSIONAL HOME INSPECTION COST?
There are several factors that drive the cost of a home inspection and each company is different. Those factors can include:
Size of the home (larger homes can increase inspection costs usually due to the number and complexity of systems, time required for a thorough inspection, etc.)
Age of the home (older homes can increase inspection costs due to a variety of factors, older homes are more difficult to thoroughly inspect.)
Distance of travel for the inspector (usually only applies if the distance is excessive)
Crystal Vision Home Inspections, LLC's home inspection costs in central Kentucky usually range from $325 - $375 on average. Each home is different, so your costs may exceed this range. For inspections in excess of 50 miles (one-way), we will add on a small fuel/travel fee of $20.
Day of inspection (weekends usually have a premium rate)
CAN I PAY INSPECTION FEES AT CLOSING?
Traditionally, home inspections are paid directly to the inspector at the time of inspection, before the inspection begins. (We call this the "Driveway Greeting" in the industry). Some inspection services may choose to wait to be funded via closing/escrow, however, Crystal Vision Home Inspections, LLC cannot support escrow billing at this time.
For your convenience, We accept cash, all major credit/debit cards, and personal checks drawn on a U.S. Bank. Remember:
We DO NOT charge credit card processing fees. The price you are quoted, is the price you pay.
DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS?
CERTAINLY! As a veteran owned business, Crystal Vision Home Inspections, LLC is committed to serving our military and First-Responder communities.
Requirements: (any of the following)
Military/Retired ID Card, VA Issued ID card, DD-214, First Responder credentials.
Please note: Only one discount per inspection.
All Active-Duty, Retired, and honorably discharged Veterans receive a 10% discount.
Additionally, EMT, Firefighter, and Law Enforcement Officers receive a 10% discount.
WHAT IF THE HOUSE FAILS?
There is no such thing as "Pass or Fail" on a home inspection. That decision is exclusively yours to make. Your inspector will NEVER advise you on whether or not to purchase the home.
The inspector's sole mission is to provide you with the BEST information he/she can so that you can make an INFORMED decision.
You will receive a VERY DETAILED AND COMPREHENSIVE report, with detailed photos and analysis to assist you in your decision making.
You, and YOU ALONE, make the decision as to whether the home is "Pass or Fail."
WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS AFTER THE INSPECTION?
Though we strive to ensure that the out-brief with you is as thorough as possible, we understand that sometimes the process can be a bit overwhelming and you will have questions after the inspector has left.
Crystal Vision Home Inspections, LLC is absolutely committed to your satisfaction and peace of mind. If you have questions or just want to clarify something after the inspection, you need only call or e-mail. We can usually respond within 4-5 hours to your questions or concerns.
(We estimate 4-5 hours because, hey, we're probably out providing Excellence with Integrity to another wonderful client
just like you!)
DO I NEED TO ATTEND THE INSPECTION? CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE INSPECTION?
Crystal Vision Home Inspections, LLC
strongly encourages you to be at the inspection and your participation is encouraged as well. Inspectors use your presence to teach you things about the home you may not have thought of and gives us the opportunity to give you insight as to the 'WHY" we are inspecting things the way we are. You can understand it better if we can demonstrate for you.
However, inspectors do have time limitations. If your participation slows the inspector too much, he/she may ask you to 'sit out' the rest of the inspection in order to maintain the schedule. Most inspections last about 4 hours and that is what has usually been scheduled unless other arrangements have been made. Additional time may result in additional fees if not previously scheduled beyond scheduled hours.
Please note: Due to liability issues, Crystal Vision Home Inspections, LLC has some limitations on customer participation.
No Customer will be allowed to climb on a roof UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. Plenty of photos and detailed analysis will be provided to you in your inspection report. Your inspector will answer any questions you may have about the roof.
No customer will be allowed to access any surface, space, or other area the inspector deems too unsafe to do so. This is for YOUR safety and well-being.