Realty Inspection Group

(540) 797-2073 P.O. Box 2493 Salem, VA 24153

Inspection Overview


The Home Inspection can be the most misunderstood process during the entire course of purchasing or selling a home. Often times the Home Buyer has heard, or is under the assumption that a home inspection will reveal ANY and ALL problems or defects pertaining to the property. This is not correct. While the home inspection process is designed to detect many items in need of repair, or to detect a hazardous condition in the home, it is not all inclusive.

A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?

Relax! Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:

  1. Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure.
  2. Things that lead to major defects. A small roof flashing leak, for example.
  3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home.
  4. Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel.

Anything in these four categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).

Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report.

No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Don’t kill your deal over things that don’t matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller’s disclosure, or nit–picky items.

The Home Inspector performs a general home inspection in accordance with the guidelines of his or her licensing body. In the State of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Occupation and Regulation (DPOR) certifies home inspectors. The inspector’s knowledge is gained though formal schooling, training, and ongoing continuing education requirements as set forth by DPOR, industry associations and the requirements of our company, Realty Inspection Group.

For the Home Seller, the real estate inspection process can also be a frustrating time since they are often unaware of the industry guidelines that the Inspectors are required to follow when performing the home inspection. An inspector is required to check over 250 items to see if they are functioning within their designed purpose. The Inspector does not inspect to building code requirements. Many times the items which we are required to report as “in need of repair” are simply past due maintenance items of which the seller is not even aware. If a particular item is called out “in need of repair” a specialist in that particular field should be called out at that time.

What should I NOT expect from a home inspection?

  • A home inspection is not protection against future failures. Stuff happens! Components like air conditioners and heat systems can and will break down. A home inspection tells you the condition of the component at the time of the component was inspected. For protection from future failure you may want to consider a home warranty.
  • A home inspection is not an appraisal that determines the value of a home. Nor will a home inspector tell you if you should buy this home or what to pay for this home.
  • A home inspection is not a code inspection, which verifies local building code compliance. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. Homes built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with the code for homes built today. Home inspectors will report findings when it comes to safety concerns that may be in the current code such as ungrounded outlets above sinks. A home inspector thinks “Safety” not “Code” when performing a home inspection.

Our Pledge

We pledge that your home inspection will be performed and reported exceeding the standards published by the ASHI – American Society of Home Inspectors, the NACHI – National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and the State of Virginia.

Our Service Guarantee

We are so confident in the professionalism of our inspectors that we guarantee every home inspection. If you attend the home inspection, ask your home inspector questions when you have concerns and are not satisfied with our service, we will waive our fee and not issue a final report. This guarantee is only valid prior to the final report being accepted.

Our Price Guarantee

We will meet any price for a complete home inspection that you are quoted; providing it is in a written format, from an Virginia State Certified and Licensed home inspector who is a full member of ASHI or NACHI, provides a narrative/checklist combination report with digital image documentation, does no more than two inspections per day, offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee and has a minimum of five years of full time home inspection experience in the Roanoke Metropolitan Area.

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