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Does HHI offer wind mitigation testing?
Wind mitigation testing is often required by insurance companies in areas where wind damage is a prevalent concern. This area is not subject to the type of storms that area associated with the Gulf Coast, and Northern Virginia area insurance companies offer no discount for the inspection or for wind mitigation construction. As such, we do not inspect specifically for wind mitigation construction that is above and beyond the construction techniques common in this area.
Do the inspectors participate in continuing education programs to keep up their expertise?
Absolutely. ASHI requires all of its members to complete yearly continuing education in order to stay members. Additionally, other certifications, such as the inspector's radon certification, requires additional CE programs for certification renewal. Aside from the requirements, all of our inspectors understand that continuing education is the only way to keep abreast of the ever-changing codes and standards of the industry.
Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the report?
No. To avoid potential conflicts of interest, we are strictly forbidden from providing follow-up services of any kind based on our reports.
Do the inspectors maintain membership in a professional Home Inspector association?
Absolutely. All of our inspectors are members of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), in addition to various other professional organizations.
Are the inspectors specifically experienced in residential inspections?
Yes. Hurlbert Home Inspection does residential inspections exclusively.
How long do inspections take?
The time that an inspection takes with vary from house to house, depending on the condition of the house, what the inspector discovers, and how long it takes to answer any questions you, as the client, might have. We standardly schedule three hours for each inspection. Most houses take around two and a half hours. Smaller houses and condos generally take around an hour and a half to two hours. Large houses, over about 4000 sq ft, may take longer than three hours. If you have any questions about the timing for your particular house, contact the office and ask.
How long does it take to get the report?
The final report is typically emailed out the evening of the inspection. For larger reports, it may take up to 24 hours to complete.
What does the inspection cover?
A sample report is available through the link on the right side of this page. In short, the inspection covers all of the major home systems (HVAC, hot water, plumbing, and electrical), as well as the function of standardly installed appliances (dishwasher, oven, washing machine, dryer, etc), plumbing fixtures (sinks, toilets, showers, faucets), and things such as doors, windows, and locks. If access is available and safe, the inspection also covers attic framing and insulation, and the roof.
How does the inspector check the roof?
When safely possible, the inspector will directly get onto and walk the roof. If that is not possible, such as if the roof pitch is too steep or the roof it wet or icy, a visual inspection from the ground is performed. Especially when the roof is wet, any leaks will also be visible from the underside of the roof when the inspector is checking over the attic. The roof decking is always checked like this from within the attic, regardless of weather.
Who does the inspector work for?
When using Hurlbert Home Inspection for your inspection, your inspector works for YOU. We may know your realtor, or the other party's agent, or your construction foreman, as our client, our responsibility is to you, and you alone. We do not receive any sort of compensation from any realtors or builders or any other businesses. We work exclusively for our clients, directly.