The Columbus Ohio Home Inspection Authority

What is a home inspection?
A general home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.

What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspectorion report will cover the condition of the homeís heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.

Does the home inspection include termites?
We are licensed to inspect for Wood Destroying Insects. A WDI inspection is available at a small additional charge.

Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, youíll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.

Do I need to get a new build inspected?
All newly constructed homes have defects, regardless of the integrity or competence of the builder or field superintendent. Some new homes have repair lists that are long while others only have a few items.

What will it cost?
The cost of the inspection varies depending upon the square footage and age of the house. Not all homes are the same and there is no one fee for all homes. Please resist the tendancy to compare your prospective home inspector on the price of the inspection. All home inspectors are not equal and do not bring the same knowledge and experience to the table. For most the purchase of a home represents the single greatest investment they will ever make. Doesn't it make sense to choose an experienced independent inspector who will do a thorough job?

When do I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

Do I have to be there?
While itís not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

How long does a home inspection take?
The time varies with the size and age of the house. An average time for a typical house is 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

What if the report reveals problems?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

Why use an ASHI Certified Home Inspector?
ASHI is an organization of independent, professional home inspectors who are required to make a commitment, from the day they join as ASHI Associates, to conduct inspections in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, which prohibits engaging in conflict-of-interest activities that might compromise their objectivity. ASHI Associates work their way to ASHI Certified Inspector status as they meet rigorous requirements, including passing a comprehensive, written technical exam and performing a minimum of 250 professional, fee-paid home inspections conducted in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Mandatory continuing education helps the membership stay current with the latest in technology, materials and professional skills.

What qualifications does a Registered Architect have?
A registered architect is licensed by the state in which they practice. At a minimum, they have completed an accredited, degreed architecture program, have worked for 3 years under the direction of other architects, and have passed a comprehensive 4-day exam.

Are home inspectors licensed?
In Ohio there is no licensing requirement for home inspectors. Literally anyone with a flashlight and a business card can call themselves a home inspector. Choosing a registered architect and ASHI Certified Inspector provides you with the assurance that your inspection will be done to the highest standards of professionalism.

What areas including Columbus do you serve?
We serve Columbus, Worthington, Powell, Dublin, Hilliard, Upper Arlington, West Jefferson, Grove City, Obetz, Groveport, Reynoldsburg, Pickerington, New Albany, Gahanna, Westerville, Delaware, and Marysville. We also serve Franklin, Delaware, Union, Fairfield, Licking and Knox counties.