FAQ

At Mississippi’s Best Home Inspections we do our best to answer all of your questions. Below you will find a list of what we believe are the most frequently asked questions. If you have any questions that have not been answered below, do not hesistate to contact us.

A typical inspection should take 2 to 3 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on. As a courtesy to sellers, we recommend that they be informed of the timeframe in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.

We inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. Our goal is to identify any existing defects so tha the buyer understands the condition of the house.

Our typical fee for an inspection is <$375>. However, some factors will affect the fee., including square footage. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the deciding factor unless the level of service offered is identical. Remember, you are considering a major purchase and your choice of home inspector should be based on getting the best value, not just the best price.

  • Complete home inspection conducted by an well trained professional.
  • Comprehensive written home inspection report.
  • Technical support for as long as you own your home.
  • All of our inspections make use of infrared photography at no additional charge. Infrared can sometimes help discover moisture intruction, electrical issues, issues with insulation, and other concerns that may be invisible to the naked eye.

Clients are typically the home buyer.  If you are the buyer, you will need to arrage with your realtor to attend or have him/her attend on your behalf.   Keep in mind, this is a long process and the inspector will be collecting information for the report throughout the inspection.  At the conclusion of inspection, the inspector will give you a brief verbal overview in addition to the written report.

Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop the inspector and ask questions as you go. If the inspector’s comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for clarification.

We recommend that you not bring your family; this is a technical evaluation, and you will be interacting with the inspector — the fewer distractions, the better.

The client receives a written report. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things we cover during a home inspection. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. It is delivered within 24 hours after the inspection.  Sellers should keep in mind that, if the buyer is the client, the report is prepared for the buyer. Reports are shared only with the client.

No. Our goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play. Your real estate professional can help you here.  Most homes have issues of some kind or another. The purpose of the inspection is to have a clear understanding of the condition of the house you are considering purchasing.

A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information. It’s a little like getting a check-up from your doctor. It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty. Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house; they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don’t leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed. As such, we cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house. Home warranty programs are available from others. We would be happy to help you contact a warranty company.

Our inspector is a graduate of the InterNACHI® School, a post-secondary educational institution accredited by the national accrediting agency of the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).  Additionally, Dave has multiple additional professional certifications including infrared and mold inspection certificates.

Dave is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the premier professional association in the industry.  As a member of NACHI, MBHI is able to offer the Buy Back Guarantee and other benefits to our clients.

The answer depends on the inspector’s availability. If Dave is available, same day service is available.  Clients are encouraged to avoid having an inspection too close to the closing date, in case there is a need to negotiate repairs.

Please refer to the tab entitled “Preparing for an MBHI inspection”

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