Allegiant Home Inspections Answers Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What does your inspection cover?
A. Each inspection we do at Allegiant Home Inspections is unique.  We custom fit the inspection to our client’s needs by combining a wide range of services.  Our basic inspection covers all the major components of a home, including this detailed list.

Q. When do I contact a home inspector?
A. Typically, after the contract or purchase agreement is signed.  Unless you waive your right there is usually an inspection clause in the sales contract.  

Q. Can a house fail a home inspection?
A. No.  An Allegiant Home Inspection is an examination of the current condition of the property.  It is not a municipal or code inspection but rather an assessment for your benefit, to make an informed decision when negotiating the real estate transaction.

Q. Do I have to be there?
A. While it is not required, we ask that you attend so you can observe the process and ask any questions you may have.  The inspection is a means for you to learn about your potential new property; your interaction and questions are a welcome part of the process.

Q. What if the report reveals problems?
A. No house is perfect, not even a new construction.  The inspector will identify problems, both current and potential.  If your budget is tight, you don’t want to purchase a major money pit.  If major problems are found a seller may agree to make repairs or lower the price so that you can afford to correct the issue.

Q. If the house is in good condition do I really need an inspection?
A. Definitely.  With a home inspection, you can purchase the home with confidence and will have a written confirmation for future reference.

Q. Do you offer repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
A. No, that would be a conflict of interests.  You can rest assured that all we do at Allegiant Home Inspections LLC is inspections.  This means our reports are completely objective and we work only for you.  According to PA law, home inspectors are prohibited from performing repairs on the same house he or she inspected for12 months.

Q. How long will the inspection take?
A. Typically, 3 to 4 hours for a single family detached home, after which several more hours are needed to format the report and add the detailed photos.  You can usually expect the report the evening of the inspection or the next morning depending on the size or condition of the property.

Q. How much will it cost?
A. We have our current prices online.  This should give you a good idea of the cost.  If you bundle several services together we will discount the overall price or if you feel your situation is not a typical inspection we are certainly open to discounting it beyond our published prices.  

Q. What type of report do you provide and how long will it take until I receive it?
A. You can see a sample of our reports. We provide our clients with a comprehensive report in an easy to read narrative format with illustrative color photos, overview, highlights, recommendations and a summary page.  Normally, you will receive an e-mail copy the evening of the inspection or the next morning depending on the findings and how long it takes to document them properly.  

Q. Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association?
A. Yes.  Several actually, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the National Society of Home Inspectors, National Association of Mold Inspectors, Certified Residential Mold Inspectors, Certified Commercial Mold Inspectors, and Commercial Mold Remediators.  

Q. Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up to date?
A. Yes, our inspectors are required to complete at least 24 credit/hours of continuing education each year.  This enables them to keep informed of all the latest technologies and recent advancements in home construction.

Q. When are you available?
A. Allegiant Home Inspections will perform inspections 7 days a week to fit within the schedule of our clients and their real estate agents.  We are always available for consultations before, during and after your inspection.  

Q. Are you insured?
A. Yes, we carry General Liability and Errors & Omissions Insurance at 5x the state requirement for your protection and peace of mind.

If you have any additional questions not covered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Our full time office staff will be happy to assist you.  We look forward to answering all your home inspection concerns.