Home Inspection Frequently Asked Questions
Our goal is to offer transparency and be educators regarding our services and common home inspection questions. Select a question below for the quickest answer. Contact us if you have an inquiry regarding a topic not covered on our website.
1. Are you licensed in the State of Connecticut?
2. How much does a home inspection cost?
3. How long does a home inspection take?
4. Should I be present during the home inspection?
5. What parts of the home will be looked at during the home inspection?
6. What happens if you find an issue with the home during the inspection?
7. What forms of payment do you accept?
Q. Are you licensed in the State of Connecticut?
A. Anthony Englehardt, owner and lead inspector, is licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. Licence #HOI 0000833.
Q. How much does a home inspection cost?
A. The home inspection cost is determined based on a number of factors, but the primary factor is the size of the home. The starting prices for home inspections are listed below. We have also listed other factors which may affect pricing.
Homes under 1,000 square feet - Starting at $320
Homes between 1,001 - 1,500 square feet - Starting at $330
Homes between 1,501 - 2,000 square feet - Starting at $345
Homes between 2,001-2,500 square feet - Starting at $365
Homes between 2,501-3,000 square feet - Starting at $385
Homes between 3,001-3,500 square feet - Starting at $425
Please contact us for a quote on homes larger than 3,500 square feet
Other factors which may affect cost are:
Homes with more than one living space. For homes that contain an in-law apartment there is an additional $40 charge. For duplex style homes there is an additional $80 charge, and for tri-plex style homes there is an additional $120 charge. If your home has four or more living spaces please contact us directly for a quote.
Outbuildings on the property such as; over-sized detached garages, barns, sheds, workshops, etc. These types of buildings are not included in the price of a home inspection, however, we can inspect these types of structures for an additional charge.
Property location. Our office is centrally located in Waterbury, Connecticut. While we do service the entire state of Connecticut, if the location of your inspection falls outside of a 35 mile radius of Waterbury, there may be an additional charge.
Q. How long does a home inspection take?
A. The length of time a home inspection takes depends on the size, age, and condition of the home. A smaller home such as a condo may take as little as one hour, while a larger home may take several hours. Normally you can expect that your home inspection will take between 1.5 - 2.5 hours on average.
Q. Should I be present during the home inspection?
A. We strongly recommend that our clients attend the home inspection. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have, and learn more about the condition of the home you are planning to purchase. Every home inspection that is performed will be accompanied by an in depth written report, but the first hand knowledge you can gain during an inspection is invaluable. We will work with you to schedule your home inspection during a time that is convenient to you.
Q. What parts of the home will be looked at during the home inspection?
A. A home inspection is a thorough visual check of your home. While we can’t look in the homes walls or under the floor boards, we will, at minimum, look at your house’s visible foundation, floors, walls, ceilings, siding, exterior trim, doors, porches, surface drainage, walkways, driveways, patios, steps, skylights, fireplaces and visible portions of chimneys, roof coverings and drainage, water and waste pipes, water heaters, sump pumps, electrical systems and panels, heating and cooling systems, vents, cabinets, counters, attics and crawl spaces, basements, laundry rooms, and windows, among other areas. For a complete list of inspection criteria, what is inspected and what is not, see the Connecticut Standards of Practice available on the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection website by clicking here.
Q. What happens if you find an issue with the home during the inspection?
A. Every home has issues, even ones that have recently been built. If we find something that needs maintenance or repair, we will take a picture, explain what’s wrong, and make a suggestion about what may be needed to remedy the situation. We may, at times, recommend consulting with a specialist for further investigation. Our goal isn’t to panic our clients, but rather to make you aware of any issues so that you can make the most informed decision.
Q. What forms of payment do you accept?
A. We accept cash, check, and credit cards as payment. Cash and check payments are preferred.