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ALLEN CATTERTON
1508 Country Side Dr.
Cantonment, FL
Office: (850) 384-3939

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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    • WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
    • DO I REALLY NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
    • CAN'T I DO IT MYSELF?
    • HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
    • WHAT IF THE REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?
    • CAN A HOME "FAIL" AN INSPECTION?
    • MAY I BE PRESENT DURING THE INSPECTION?
    • DO I RECEIVE A WRITTEN REPORT?
    • WHEN DO I PAY FOR THE INSPECTION?
    • IS THE INSPECTION REPORT A WARRANTY OR GUARANTEE? 

    WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?


    A home inspection is a visual examination of the accessible components and systems of the property and the noted subsequent conditions that exist and are visible at the time of inspection. The typical home inspection will encompass several hundred check points covering the: EXTERIOR, ROOF, ATTIC, INTERIOR, PLUMBING, HEATING & VENTILATION, AIR CONDITIONING, ELECTRICAL, AND MECHANICAL APPLIANCES.

     

    DO I REALLY NEED A HOME INSPECTION?

     

    THE HOME BUYER The purchase of a home is one of the largest single investments we will ever make. As a homebuyer you should strive to be an informed consumer and learn all that you can about the condition and functionality of your home prior to purchase. A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems; stains on the ceiling may indicate a chronic condition or may only be the result of a single event. Catterton Home Inspections can analyze and interpret what is occurring and provided a clear and concise report to explain the circumstances and what actions are necessary to repair or restore the defect. Catterton Home Inspections will also provide digital photographs of any areas of concern so that the buyer and the seller have a thorough understanding of the concern. The results of the inspection will provide you with a more complete understanding about the condition of you home and enable you to make a more confident and positive assessment of the home purchase.

    THE HOME SELLER A pre-listing home inspection can identify defects that may impact the sale of the home and may include recommended maintenance or repair measures. The foresight of initiating a pre-listing inspection can speed up the sale and closing processes and correction of any defects identified may avoid any embarrassing or awkward disclosures to the potential buyer.

     CAN'T I DO IT MYSELF?

     

    I am trained, state licensed, insured, bonded and I am a Certified Master Inspector®. Over the course of my career I have built, installed, repaired, or replaced nearly every component, structural element or mechanical appliance that may be found in a home.  It is unlikely that even the most knowledgeable home buyer possesses the experience, skill and understanding that are necessary for a quality home inspection. A home inspector inspects a wide range of home types and designs and knows what to look for. A qualified home inspector can evaluate a home's attributes as well as the defects and can present the inspection information in an unbiased manner.

    HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE? 


    Just as every home is different, every home inspection requires a different amount of effort and time to complete. A typical inspection of a 2000 square foot home will take approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours on site. Depending on the individual features and factors of the home, the inspection could take considerably longer. Catterton Home Inspections will invest the necessary time and effort to insure a complete home inspection is performed, no matter how long it may require. Several additional hours are normally spent collecting recorded historical information about your home, prioritizing and organizing the data and compiling, sending and shipping or delivering the report. 

     

    WHAT IF THE REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?


    Any concerns that may be identified during the inspection are contained in the report that is custom written for each home inspection. When necessary, digital photographs accompany the report to clarify the location and description of the defect.  The inspection report is a tool to inform the buyer or seller of the condition of a home and any defects found during the inspection that may require repair, maintenance or monitoring are outlined in the report. Working closely with the Real Estate professionals involved with the sale of the home may help alleviate any misconceptions or misunderstandings concerning any of the defects found during the inspection.

     

     

    CAN A HOME "FAIL" AN INSPECTION?


    Oftentimes a home buyer or home seller will ask if a home "passed"ť or "failed" the home inspection. This is a mistaken concept of what a home inspection actually is. When a home inspection is preformed it is simply an accumulation of facts about the home that are gathered and presented to the client in a written report. There is no pass or failť designation attached to the inspection process or the inspection report.

     

    MAY I BE PRESENT DURING THE INSPECTION?


    Absolutely! I recommend and welcome clients to attend and become a part of the home inspection process. It provides you the opportunity to examine and become familiar with the home and ask any questions you may have about the home, the inspection process or the inspection report.  Your presence allows you to see the home through the unbiased view of the inspector and should instill a sense of confidence in your level of knowledge regarding the home.

     

    DO I RECEIVE A WRITTEN REPORT?


    A custom written report is provided in an attractive binder for each home inspection. Digital photographs accompany the report when necessary to clarify or identify a specific defect or problem. A copy of the inspection agreement and a copy of “What Really Matters” will be included in the report. Upon completion of the report, Catterton Home Inspections can, by the request and with the permission of the client, e-mail the core portion of the report to any of the principals or agents involved in the sale or purchase of the home. A hardcopy version is normally completed within 24 hours and can be delivered or priority shipped to the client anywhere in the world.

     

     WHEN AND HOW DO I PAY FOR THE INSPECTION?


    Payment is expected at the conclusion of the inspection, unless previous arrangements have been made. Payments may be made in cash, check or money order.

     

    IS THE INSPECTION REPORT A GUARANTEE?


    No. A home inspection is a visual examination of the accessible components and systems of the property and the noted subsequent conditions that exist and are visible at the time of inspection. The home inspection report is a written analysis of the inspection findings. A home inspection or the home inspection report is not intended to be, or to be construed as, a guarantee, warranty, or any form of insurance.

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