What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a primarily visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of the property.  The Inspection is not invasive and only applies to the condition of the home at the time of the inspection.

What’s involved?

Our home inspections are typically performed in conjunction with your real estate transaction. They provide information as to the habitability and general condition of your prospective new home.

What do we inspect?

We inspect the entire structure, inside and out, the drainage aspects of the property, and all of the mechanical systems (electrical, plumbing, heating/ac). We operate all appliances (excluding washers and dryers and ice makers), and we physically inspect crawl spaces, attics and roofs.

Should I be present at the inspection?

We strongly recommend and encourage that the buyers attend the inspection. You will learn a great deal about your prospective new property including some valuable maintenance tips and will feel much more comfortable with the entire home buying process.

How long does an inspection take?

The average inspection takes about two hours.  But the Clear answer is:  It takes as long as it takes to inspect the property correctly.

How much will I pay for my inspection?

There is a wide range of services available in the industry and just as wide a range of experience and competency. On average you can expect to pay 275 to 325 dollars for your inspection.  Don’t forget we offer continual savings and discounts for our clients that can save you valuable time and money.

What other services do you offer?

Clear Inspections is licensed and qualified to perform numerous services over and above the standard inspection. These include, testing for Radon and mold, as well as maintenance inspections and investment property inspections.

What is Radon?

Radon is a colorless gas that has no odor. It is produced when radioactive material decays in the soil. Under certain circumstances it can collect in the habitable areas of your home. Radon gas is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the U.S.  According to the EPA, Tennessee is known to have high concentrations of Radon

Is it really necessary to perform an inspection for new construction?

Absolutely…it is critical that your newly constructed dwelling be inspected by an experienced professional that looks at the property in a totally unbiased way.  It is much easier to have items corrected before you close and inhabit the property.

Aren’t new houses approved by the local code enforcement officials?

Yes, however these “approvals” aren’t really inspections. The code officials, while highly competent, simply don’t have the time necessary to take an in-depth look at each property.  Also most “Codes” are a minimum standard.