Frequently Asked Questions

We are happy to answer any questions you may have by email, phone, or our web contact form. However, you might find the answer to your questions here!

How long is a home inspection?

It depends upon the size and age of the home. The average home built in the last 20-30 years takes about two hours. Older and larger homes may take longer than two hours. It also depends upon how many questions the Buyer has during the inspection. We try not to overbook Ed’s schedule so he has the time to answer all the Buyer’s questions.

How long does it take to get the report?

We strive for 24 hours. Ed will often return to the office after the inspection and work on the report immediately. During normal business hours, you might even have your report just a few hours after the inspection is completed. However, on weekends or holidays, sometimes he needs extra time. Our goal is always 24 hours.

Am I allowed to follow the home inspector around?

Yes, please do! We aim for 100% transparency and want you to feel as comfortable as possible with your home inspection.

Can I ask questions during the inspection?

Yes, please ask questions. We encourage our Buyers to bring a list of questions to the inspection.

Does the inspector always go on the roof?

While every effort is made to see the entire roof, the Inspector only goes on the roof when it is safe and necessary. Ed does what it takes to effectively inspect every roof, but always adheres to safety regulations.

The house is winterized. Can I still do an inspection?

Yes, we can still do the inspection; however, it is always in the Buyer’s best interests to do the inspection when the house is not winterized. The water and electric should be on and in its operating condition.

If there are any issues found with the house, can the inspector fix them so I know it is done right?

No, it is a conflict of interest for us to do any work on a house. The NJ License does not allow any home inspector to perform repairs on any house they inspected in the past two years.

I want to do a Radon Test. Do I have any other options regarding how I can test for radon?

We normally use a Canister Radon Test. This is a 2-6 day test. The Lab analyzes an average of radon levels over the time period the test kit has been exposed. 90% of inspections are done using this type of test. If the Buyer requests it, we are happy to perform a Continuous Monitor Test. This test is considerably more expensive than a Canister Radon Test, but the Buyer will get an hourly reading in addition to the average. This allows the buyer to see fluctuations in the radon levels. If the unit is touched, moved, or exposed to open windows during the test period, it will ultimately void the test.

If the radon levels are high or termites are discovered in the house, can the inspector take care of these issues?

No. It is a conflict of interest for us to do any work on a house. The NJ License does not allow any home inspector to perform repairs on any house they inspected in the past two years.

Will the inspector go in the attic and crawl spaces?

Yes. As a rule, the inspector will enter the attic and crawl space unless there are serious safety concerns. For example, if there are puddles in a crawlspace with live wires dangling, there is a high possibility of getting electrocuted. In this case, Ed will not enter the crawlspace. The home inspection report will document these conditions.

Are you licensed and insured to do business?

Absolutely! Ed is a NJ Licensed Home Inspector (License Number 24GI00043500); both Ed and Eileen are NJ Licensed Radon Measurement Technicians (Ed MET11107; Eileen MET13203); Ed is a DEP Licensed Pesticide Applicator (License Number 247948); Eagle Home Inspections, Ed and Eileen, are fully Licensed and Insured according to New Jersey Laws.