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If your home was built before 1978, any contractor performing work that disturbs paint must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.  It's called the RRP Rule and is regulated by the EPA. 

common questions

 

How much does an inspection cost?
Thousands. Maybe tens of thousands if you hire the wrong inspector or the problems aren’t reported clearly so you can take appropriate action. 

As a consumer himself, Randy understands the need to be wise and save money. If he wants a pair of brand name blue jeans, he’ll shop for the best price. That’s wise. 

Home inspectors and the reports they produce are not brand name blue jeans nor are they factory-produced widgets (at least they shouldn’t be). A nicely packaged inspection widget (at a lower price) isn’t nearly as valuable to you as an inspection and subsequent report produced by an experienced, well-rounded, amicable, and discerning professional. 

Trying to save twenty five bucks, fifty bucks, or even one-hundred bucks on a home inspection fee isn’t wise. 

How long does a home inspection take?
An average size home (1500-2500 square feet) will take about 2 ½ - 3 ½ hours. A larger home will take longer. 
Homes 4000 square feet and larger can take 4 or 5 or 6 hours or more.
A townhouse or condo inspection averages about 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours. 

How can we pay?
Cash, check or credit card. A small additional fee is added if paying by credit card. The fee is due when the inspection is completed. The home inspection fee can NOT be billed to escrow. 

How soon will I receive the report?
The report will be issued within 24 hours of the inspection—sometimes sooner. In a rare case and depending on work load, the report may take up to 48 hours to complete. 

Do you offer a warranty or guarantee with the home inspection?
Randy guarantees you will receive one of the finest inspection services in the Puget Sound. He guarantees he will be thorough, accurate, and comprehensive. Moreover, he guarantees he will employ 15 years of full time inspection experience and continuing education in building science and construction methods to help you make a wise decision.

There are no written warranties available. 

Are there discounts or coupons available?
If you are actively serving in any branch of our armed forces, Randy would be pleased to provide the inspection at a reduced price. Randy and his family are extremely grateful and appreciative of the commitment and service you have shown to his family and our country. 

It’s a brand new home built by (blank--fill in “reputable” builder’s name.) Do I still need the home inspected?

Here are a few items Randy frequently finds on new home inspections:

• Improperly nailed roof shingles
• Inadequate flashing at the outside walls
• Fiber cement siding not installed correctly
• Poor grading 
• Disconnected heat duct(s) 
• Trampled and displaced insulation in the attic
• No insulation in the attic!
• Poorly installed insulation in the crawl space
• Mis-matched carpet seams
• Filthy furnace from construction debris 
• Clogged or restricted plumbing fixtures.
• Water intrusion in the crawl space.
• Un-connected exhaust fans.
• Binding windows.
• Inadequate water flow in the bathroom fixtures. 
• Rats in the crawl space!

Randy says, “Yes--definitely get a new home inspected.

It’s just a small place and my buddy who’s a contractor looked it over. There can’t be too many problems, right? 

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Performing Home Inspections in Seattle, Bellevue,
Redmond, Issaquah, Eastside and Snohomish.

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