FAQ

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Q:  Why use John’s Home Inspection?

A:  John’s Home Inspections is owned and operated by John Charron.  I am a professional ASHI certified home inspector in Michigan in Genesee and Lapeer counties.  With years of experience, my principals of hard work, integrity, and outstanding customer service have resulted in satisfied customers, repeat customers, and many customer referrals.

Q: Do home inspectors need a license to operate in Michigan?

A: No.  Michigan is not a state that governs home inspections at the current time. Be wary of a home inspector that takes a community education course and says he’s “certified”.  ASHI certification requires 540 hours of study, plus an additional 20 hours of continuing education credit each year.

Q:  Should I trust a referral from my real estate agent?

A:   In most cases you can. Real estate agents see a variety of home inspectors in action and can assess their level of competence. If your realtor is trustworthy, they will refer a company that provides a thorough inspection.  Be aware that some realtors are more interested in seeing their deals go through smoothly, and might refer an inexperienced home inspector.  This is why you should personally be on site during the inspection and get all your questions answered.

Q:  What credentials should a home inspector offer?

A:  The very best qualifications and credentials consist of a Michigan Builder’s License and certification by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). In order to become a certified member of ASHI, an inspector must have completed 250 inspections that meet ASHI standards as well as passing the National Home Inspector’s Exam and the ASHI Standards and Ethics Exam.  Be aware that some of the home inspection trade associations just require a fee to be paid in order to achieve “certification”.   Make sure the inspector you get is a certified member of ASHI, not just a candidate member.

Q:  Why get a home inspection?

A:  The purchase of a new home is one of the single most costly investments that a family will make.   A home inspection is a thorough, visual examination of the structure and major operating components of the home.  It will give you an objective evaluation of the property before you buy, making you aware of potentially costly repairs.  The inspection will reveal any major problems, as well as positive aspects of your new home, and increase your confidence that there are no hidden surprises. If a major defect is found, you may be in a position to negotiate repairs or a reduced price based on the results of the home inspection.  Most customers tell us that the inspection fee more than pays for itself, even if only to increase their awareness.

Q:  Why can’t I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?

A:  This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home.  Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections.  Professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other.  Professional inspectors get what we call an inspector’s instinct for problems.  That instinct takes extensive training and lots of experience doing inspections to develop.  Many contractors and other trade professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.

Q:  How long will the inspection take?

A:  A complete home inspection can take anywhere from 2 – 4 hours.   In general, two hours is the minimum time it would take to conduct an inspection of a house up to 2000 square feet.  For larger homes, expect to add an hour of inspection time for each additional 1000 square feet of house.

Q:  Should I be present during the Inspection?

A:  We recommend that you be present at the inspection, from start to finish. Being present during the inspection can provide valuable educational insights about your  home and you have an opportunity to get any questions answered from a certified  trained expert.