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  • Why Do I Need a Home Inspection?
    Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest investments you'll ever make. By having your home inspected by a qualified and certified home inspector, you can make an educated and informed decision when looking to purchase a home. Home inspectors can identify defects such as faulty wiring, potential water intrusion areas in the roof and/or foundation/crawl space areas and more.
  • What's Included in My Home Inspection?
    At Next Chapter inspection Services, your comprehensive home inspection includes the following for functionality and safety: - Structure, including the foundation: concrete slab, basement, or crawl space), floors, walls and ceilings* - Exterior, including wall coverings: side wall flashing, all exterior doors and trim, decks, stoops, porches, patios, stairs, railings, eaves, soffits, fascia, vegetation, grading and drainage, walkways, driveways, and retaining walls - Roof, including roof coverings: gutters and downspouts, flashing, chimneys, vents, and other penetrations such as a skylight* - Plumbing, including interior water supply and drain pipes, water heating equipment, vents, flues, chimneys, sump pumps, and related piping - Electrical, including electrical service wires and equipment, service grounding, the interior of service panels, electrical conductors, presence of GFCI/AFCI where applicable and a representative number of switches, receptacles, light fixtures, and ceiling fans -Heating and Air Conditioning, including furnaces, air handlers, condensers, vents, flues, chimneys, ducts, and other distribution systems (This also includes a free air CO (Carbon Monoxide) test to detect any unburned fuels which can be indicative of a potential gas leak)** - Interior, including walls, ceilings, floors, stairways, garage vehicle doors and openers, counter tops, and a representative number of, cabinets, doors, and windows (This also includes moisture testing any suspicious water stains to detect moisture content in an attempt to determine any possible active leaking behind walls/ceilings) - The checking of adequate insulation and ventilation - Fireplaces and solid-fuel burning appliances, including firebox, chimneys, and vents. - Also included is a complementary thermal imaging evaluation to determine any overheating anomaly’s within an electrical panel. Also evaluated are external windows and doorways in order to detect any potential heat/air loss. * Contigent on certain factors such as weather, accessibility, safety ** Air Conditioning will not be tested if the average ambient temperature is below 65°F
  • How Long Does a Home Inspection Take?
    Depending on the home's age and size, a typical home inspection may take up to four hours. At Next Chapter Inspection Services, we dedicate one booking per day. We do this to not only ensure that the inspection is done as thoroughly as possible but also to answer any questions you have if you are at the property at the time of the inspection.
  • Do I Need To Be At The Inspection?
    Although it is encouraged for you to be there, it is not necessary. We understand that time may be a factor as you may have other affairs to tend to. Rest assured that once your inspection is completed, a detailed report will be created, outlining the findings of the inspection for you.
  • At What Point in the Real Estate Transaction Should I Schedule a Home Inspection?
    A home inspection is usually scheduled after an offer has been made and accepted, but before the closing date. This way, we can identify any major defects that could be dangerous or costly. In rare cases, due to timing or contractual issues, the inspection can be scheduled after the closing date. If this is the case, you should schedule the inspection for the earliest possible date after closing.
  • Do You Repair Any Defects That You Find?
    Unfortunately, we can only report on whatever deficiencies/defects we find and recommend further evaluation by the appropriate contractor. As part of our ethical standards and to prevent any conflict of interest, Next Chapter Inspection Services will never recommend any specific contractor to you.
  • What If I Have Questions After the Inspection?
    With Next Chapter Inspection Services, you become part of our family and as such, we will be available to answer any questions you may have indefinitely!!!
  • Will You Price Match Another Inspection Service?
    No. Inspectors that work in volume tend to rush through their inspections and usually miss critical areas in an effort to complete as many inspections as possible. By doing this, they will undercut their prices to generate more revenue. More revenue means less attention to you and more importantly, your investment. Remember the old adage, you get what you pay for.
  • Do You Offer Any Discounts?
    Yes. Next Chapter Inspection Services offers 10% off for any Military (Active, Retired, Veteran) and First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS) Proof of service such as a veteran’s endorsement on your driver’s license or state ID card will suffice.
  • When and How Will I Get My Report?
    In most cases, your home inspection report can be ready within a few hours after the inspection to no later than the end of the next day. Additionally, your report will not be overloaded with excessive fluff and overly complicated language. It will be clear, concise and layout any corrections/deficiencies that are discovered during your inspection. Your report will be electrocically provided to you via InterNACHI's Fetch Report tool. Full payment must be received in order for your report to be released.
  • Do You Offer a Guarantee or Warranty on Your Inspections?
    No. It is impractical to offer a guarantee or warranty on a home inspection. A home inspection will not reveal every concern that exists nor ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the day of the inspection. Systems can fail without warning and what may have been in working order when inspected, could fail the next day. We will do our absolute best in evaluating your potential new home using all of our available resources in order for you to make the best informed decision. Click HERE for more information
  • Additional Questions Not Listed
    if you have ANY questions that are not listed in the FAQ, do not hesitate to contact us in order to answer any and all questions you may have.
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