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How long will the inspection take?

The inspection time will vary based on the age, size, and condition of the property. A typical four bedroom, two and one half bathroom colonial style home will take approximately two and one half to three hours to inspect.

Do I need to be at the inspection?

Technically no, but we strongly encourage you to attend the inspection. The inspection includes the visual inspection of the property, a written report and verbal disclosure and explanation by the inspector during the physical inspection. A home is a major investment, as well as, a place to live. Take advantage of the home inspection to learn as much as you can about the home you are purchasing. Additional fees may apply if you do not attend the inspection.

Do you guarantee your work?

Yes, H&J Freile guarantees that if you do not love your home inspection, it’s FREE! If you are unsatisfied with your home inspection for any reason, notify us and return your inspection report within 10 days of the inspection and we will refund your home inspection fee. (Additional services ordered and performed will be invoiced at the current published rate). A home inspection is NOT a guarantee or warranty of the property you had inspected. A home inspection is thorough but is limited to a visual inspection of the property, operation of the major mechanical system using normal operating controls and reporting the condition on the day of the inspection. The inspection is not intrusive or technically exhaustive. Due to the limitations of the inspection, there is some probability that problems will exist that are not apparent on the day of the inspection. We will rank the probability that you will encounter an unexpected problem as high, medium or low at the completion of our inspection. Additional inspections are available at additional cost which can reduce the risk that you will encounter an unexpected problem. The home inspection is designed to reduce your risk at a reasonable cost. Guaranteeing or warranting the property would dramatically increase the cost of the inspection package. A note of caution: Some companies claim to guarantee or warranty the property. Be sure to obtain a written copy of the guarantee or warranty prior to scheduling the inspection so you know what is covered, what is not covered, how long is it covered for, what is the maximum coverage and is there a deductible.

Will the inspector get on the roof?

Yes, all H&J Freile home inspectors carry a ladder with a minimum length of twelve feet. Roofs that are safely accessible will be walked. Historically, we have found that we are able to walk approximately 70% of the roofs we inspected. Roofs that cannot be walked, include those that are too high to reach or too steep to safely walk. Sometimes debris on the roof or rain/snow will prevent safe access to the roof. The individual inspector will use his discretion to determine if there is safe access to the roof. If a roof cannot be walked, the inspector will view the roof from the ladder at eave edges, dormer windows, or from the ground with binoculars. Typically, steeply pitched roofs can be adequately viewed from the ground. Flat or low slope roofs typically cannot be seen from the ground and should be viewed from a ladder or by walking the roof. Tall ladder inspections are available and can be ordered separately.

Will the inspector provide estimated remaining life on major systems?

Yes, the inspector will give you the probability of replacement in the next five years.

Will the inspection report include estimated replacement or upgrade costs?

Yes, The HomeBook includes a useful Life Cycle and Cost guide.

Is H&J Freile insured?

Yes, H&J Freile carries General Liability insurance, Workmen’s Compensation, and Errors and Omissions insurance.

Will the inspector prioritize the problems for me?

Yes, problems and concerns are grouped as major or minor.

Will you come back to complete the radon test?

Yes, H&J Freile personnel will set and retrieve the radon test device. Some inspection companies ask the homeowner or realtor to ‘mail-in’ the radon test. This obviously saves the inspection company time and money. Good for them, not good for you. We feel that having someone (untrained and possibly biased) completing an important test is not in your best interest. The NJ DEPE requires that anyone conducting a radon test for real estate purposes be licensed.

How long will it take to get my report?

The HomeBook reporting system and a major concern summary are is given to you at the time of the inspection. The completed report is e-mailed or faxed the next business day. Environmental and other reporting are e-mailed, mailed or faxed in three days to three weeks depending on the type of test or inspection.

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