Smart Move Home Inspections

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a home inspection cost?

Pre-Listing Inspection (Seller)

  • $250- $400+ ** (based on Sqft.)
  • Infrared camera scan included 

**Discount applied to Pre-Purchase Inspection

Townhomes/Condos -   

  • $250 and up  (based on Sqft.)
  • Infrared camera scan included  

Single Family Homes 

  • $300 - $425  ( 1000-3000 sq.ft.)        
  • 3000 sqft. and up -   Please                       call /email   for a quote.
  • Infrared camera scan included  

Reinspection Fee- $150                                    

Radon testing - 48 hr. continuous monitoring. Results emailed same day.  Equipment: Sun Nuclear 1028 (calibrated annually).   -  $175 

International Association of Certified Indoor

Air Consultants (IAC2) and EPA protocols

Mold testing- $125-$150* / Per sample  

IAC2 Protocols -  Methods include:

Air sampling and Swabs

* Denotes stand-alone test 

Stand-alone IR scans-  $175/hour 

( Standalone price sans home inspection )

What's included in the inspection?

A home inspection is a visual evaluation of the major systems in the house including structure, roof, exterior, heating/cooling, plumbing, electrical and the interior. As long as it's safe and accessible I'll walk on roofs, enter attics and crawl spaces, remove access panels and operate equipment. I'll look at every room in the house using the Standards of Practice of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. 

May I attend the inspection?

Absolutely.  You should attend the inspection to get the most benefit.  Be suspicious of any inspector who doesn't want you along during the inspection.  Some clients will arrive near the end for a debriefing and walk-through.

How much advanced notice do you need? 

As soon as possible after you have a signed purchase contract.  Try not to wait until the end of your diligence period.  Generally, my schedule is flexible and I can even inspector your future home on the weekends.  

How d o I prepare for the inspection?

It's the seller's responsibility to get the house ready for the inspection. The seller should:

  • Have all utilities turned on (water, gas, electric).
  • Have all gas appliances ready to run with pilot lights turned on.
  • Clear access to areas like attics, crawl spaces, electric panels and furnaces.
  • Unlock areas such as storage closets, fence gates, electric panels and crawl space hatches.
  • Remove pets from the property, or secure them so they are not free to roam.

When will the report be ready?

Normally within 12-24 hrs. after the inspection via email.  When ordering, please let me know of your deadline.  More often than naught, you'll receive your report the same day. 

What if the inspection reveals problems?

I may find things that weren't expected. That's what you want, right ? No house is perfect, not even new construction. The report is not a seller's "Must-Fix" list; it's just an impartial reporting of conditions giving you clear direction for what should be done about each problem. Every situation is different — it's up to you and your real estate agent to decide how to proceed after the inspection.

Do you offer a guarantee?

Yes!  I stand behind my solid reputation and my ability to serve you, the client, with a money back guarantee.  If your not satisfied with my inspection I'll refund you the inspection fee.  Just know that something can look just fine today and still break tomorrow.  I do my best to give you the most thorough inspection possible, but I'm human.  There is no way that anyone could find all the defects in a house in only a 3-4 hour period.  Keep in mind that the purpose of the inspection is to find major problems that would keep you from purchasing the house, not to find every small maintenance item.

Please read my inspection agreement and the InterNACHI Standards of Practice for more information on the limitations of an inspection.

Will SMHI perform or manage any repair work?

No.  That would be a direct conflict of interest.  No home inspection company should perform or be directly related to a business that does.  

Are you licensed/insured?

Georgia doesn't have specific licensing requirements to be a home inspector.  However, my business is licensed by the State and local jurisdiction.  I do carry General Liability and Errors and Ommissions insurance as well. 

Are you certified?

Yes.  I'm a full member of NACHI ;  the largest and most respected professional home inspection society in the industry.  I'm also required to maintain my membership with 24 hours of continuing education every year so I stay on top of new technology and trends.  

What if I have questions later?

Your understanding of the home is my highest priority. You can ask questions for as long as you own your home. There's no charge as long as I can answer by phone or e-mail without coming back out to the property.

Smart Move Home Inspections, LLC
Marietta , GA 30062
United States

ph: 404.610.0289

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