Frequently Asked Questions

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.

What will it cost?

The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and possible optional services such as septic, well or radon testing.

Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, compliance with your state’s regulations, if any, and professional affiliations as a guide.

Why is a home inspection important?

Home Buyers: Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make.
To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about
the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major
repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the
inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.

Sellers: If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest
preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, a
home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.

Can I Attend the Inspection?

While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

How long does it take to do a home inspection?

For a 3 to 4 bedroom, 3 bath home of around 2,000-3000 sq ft it is going to take a thorough inspector 3 hours approximately and longer if issues arise. It depends on the inspector, size of house, and types of inspections ordered. A general inspection on a 3 bed 2 bath house will take about 3-4 hours.

What if I decide I don’t like the home being inspected?

Let your inspector know right away so he can halt the inspection, at that time the inspector will ask you a few questions and offer to wait while you contact your agent. Shamrock policy is to generally offer you a 10 day hold while you locate a similar home for their inspection, but if you wish to stop the process completely a full refund will be given on the spot,
(It is Shamrocks Policy to not offer a full refund once the first 15 minutes of the inspection has elapsed).

When my home inspection ends; What Then?

For most Home Inspectors the home inspection ends with the final report being sent to you. The only contact you will receive from them is only when you call or they need something from you. While this is not unusual, it is important to make sure that your home inspector will take and or return your call 7-days a week and be willing to help and or guide you towards finding your answer in a pleasant manner.

How Long Does A Home Inspection Take?

Up to 1000sq feet 2 Hours
1001 - 1500sq feet 2 Hours
1501 - 2000sq feet 2 1/2 Hours
2001 - 2500sq feet 2 1/2 to 3 Hours
2501 - 3000sq feet 2 1/2 to 3 Hours
3001 - 4000sq feet 3 to 3 1/2 Hours
4001 - 4500sq feet 4 Hours

4501 - 5000 sq feet 4 Hours