Inspection FAQ

Whether you’re buying or selling a home or planning to purchase a commercial building, many questions may come to mind when you are finally ready to schedule an inspection of the property.

From finding a qualified inspector to gaining a better understanding about the systems that make up your property, the team at Alert Inspection Services has compiled a list of answers to your most frequently asked questions.

Our trusted inspectors believe everyone should havl peace of mind when it comes to one of their largest investments.

For more information about home inspections from the experts at Alert Inspection Services, please contact us here or call us directly at 616.662.6990.

Please click on any of the questions below to learn more:

Why do I need a home inspection?

If you are planning to purchase or sell your home, then receiving a quality home inspection should be at the top of your to-do list. Receiving a home inspection before making your next purchase can save you the time and headache of investing in a house that has a lot of costly problems.

Similarly, if you are planning to sell your home, receiving the stamp of approval from an experienced home inspector can give you a leg up in the housing market, as home buyers want a place they can feel safe in.

While those are the main two reasons to receive a home inspection, there are other services home inspectors offer that all homeowners can benefit from. This can include both radon testing and insect inspections.

Do you have any certifications?

All of our inspectors are certified by and members of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

Can I tag along during the inspection?

Of course! Clients are welcome to tag along during the inspection. However, if you are unable to, we do provide detailed reports that we can help walk you through as well.

How can my home fail an inspection?

Houses do not actually fail home inspections. Instead, the report is to help provide insight on the condition of your home so that you can decide if it’s a property worth investing in or something you should pass on.

What are you looking for during the inspection?

Depending on the type of inspection you want, our experienced home inspectors will take a look at everything from the interior to the exterior parts of your property to make sure there are no major safety issues going on. This can include everything from your property’s roof to its plumbing and electrical systems to the foundation and other structural components.

How long does a typical home inspection take?

Every property is different, and depending on the type of inspection you receive, it could take anywhere from one hour to 2 or 3 hours to complete. While it is not set in stone, there are many factors that can impact how long an inspection will take. This can include if the owner is on site and has questions, the home is larger or older and if you paid to have additional services such as a radon test or insect inspection.


It’s important to remember that home inspections are designed to make sure your home is as safe as possible and should never be something that’s rushed.

What will my home inspection cover?

During a typical home inspection, we will look over both the interior and exterior of your home. This will include: structure, roof, plumbing, electric, HVAC, insulation and ventilation and built-in kitchen appliances.

How long does it take to receive my inspection report?

All inspection reports are computer-generated and emailed for electronic access the same day.

When should I schedule my inspection?

Whether you are buying, selling or simply want an update on your home’s condition, we recommend scheduling an inspection as soon as possible to make sure your current or future place is meeting all safety standards.

Do you have contacts to help with any issues found?

Yes, we offer a list of trusted contractors to help with anything that arises during your home inspection.

If I am buying a new home, do I still need an inspection?

The age of your home does not matter — all houses should receive a home inspection. Even if your home is new, there is always the possibility that there is something wrong with it. Whether it was built on faulty foundation or the plumbing or electrical system were placed incorrectly, it’s always better to receive a home inspection so you can rest assured that your investment is safe.

Can I get a home inspection even if I’m not selling or buying?

Absolutely! We recommend getting a home inspection every 3-5 years to get an update on your home’s condition and to prevent any major problems from occurring.

What is radon?

Radon is a naturally-occuring invisible gas that you cannot see or taste. It emanates from the soil beneath your home and can have detrimental effects on your household. Learn more about our radon testing here.

Why is a radon test important?

If left untreated, radon can have damaging effects on anyone who enters and spends time within your structure. Because it is difficult to detect, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Learn more about our radon testing here.

Can it be fixed if my home has radon?

While it is difficult to detect, radon gas can easily be brought to safe levels. Using a continuous radon monitoring device, our experienced inspectors will check your home’s radon levels to make sure they are acceptable — or establish a radon remediation plan, should the levels be higher than normal. Learn more about our radon testing here.

Do I need an insect inspection?

Several house loans require that you receive an insect inspection before purchasing. Also, if you are considering selling your home, a thorough insect inspection can give you a leg up in the housing market. Learn more about our insect inspection services here.

What is a commercial and multi-unit inspection?

Commercial and multi-unit inspections are designed for various businesses to identify any problems or safety concerns in their building. Examples of commercial and multi-unit properties include multifamily dwellings, office buildings and retail establishments. Learn more about our commercial and multi-unit inspections here.