Alert Home Inspection, Inc - Call Us Anytime: 248 357 5758


Frequently Asked Questions:

Click to verify BBB accreditation and to see a BBB report.Q: Do I need an inspection?

A: Buying a house is one of the most important investment decisions most people make. Having a house properly inspected cannot remove every risk of purchase, but a professional inspector will give an objective analysis with no emotional ties to the property or structure. The seller may object to a buyer evaluating their home by themselves, but should have no objection to a trained inspector doing so. A professional home inspector should also help you learn as much as possible about what to expect after their purchase. Serious structural issues can be hidden by a fresh coat of paint or wallpaper. Conversely, some homes may be a better bargain than even the seller is aware--a trained inspector may be able to point out positive elements, as well as general maintenance tips and preventative measures for future reference.

Q: What do you include in your inspections?

A: An Alert Inspection includes inspection of the overall structural condition; the general interior, including ceiling, walls, floors and windows; the exterior, including the roof, gutters, chimney, drainage and grading; the driveways and walks; the basement and foundation; the ventilation and insulation; the plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling; all major systems and appliances. In addition, radon testing is also available, and you will also receive maintenance and energy-saving suggestions.

Q: What is your work philosophy?

A: We pledge to act impartially in the best interests of our clients, with integrity, fairness, honesty and professionalism We follow the ASHI® Code of Ethics.

Q: How long have you been in business?

A: Alert Home Inspection was founded in July, 1988.

Q: What sort of credentials/training/etc do you have?

A: Licensed Builders-State of Michigan; Certified ASHI® Inspectors (American Society of Home Inspectors) and training seminars which include a minimum of 20 continuing education credits each year within the ASHI program, covering the following:

  • Chimneys
  • Brick Construction
  • GFCI's
  • Communication
  • Report Writing
  • Paint Failures
  • Wood Framing
  • Structural Failure
  • Roof Framing
  • Truss Systems
  • Brick Veneer & Construction
  • Concrete Block Foundation
  • Masonry Chimneys
  • Wet Basements
  • Polybutlene Piping
  • Electrical
  • Heating & A/C
  • Structure
  • Marketing
  • Air Conditioning & Heat Pumps
  • Carbon Monoxide Detection
  • Gas Furnace Inspection Techniques
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Professional Techniques and Procedures
  • Environmental
  • Moisture
  • Lead Testing
  • Attic Ventilation
  • EIFS (Exterior Insulated Finishing Systems)
  • Foundation Wall Failure
  • Louisiana-Pacific Siding
  • Tyvek Building Wrap
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Hydronic Heating
  • Geothermal Heating
  • Structural Insulated Panels
    & Insulated Concrete Foundations
  • Environmental Issues
  • Fiber Cement Siding
  • Radiant Floor Heating
  • Hot Water & Steam Boilers
  • Foundation Walls Carbon Reinforcement
  • Mold & Healthy Home Training
  • Basement Waterproofing
    & Infrared Thermography
  • One and Two Family Electrical Inspection
  • Boiler Technology
  • Certainteed Commercial Roofing
  • Masonry
  • New Homes
  • Plumbing Practices & Procedures
  • Low E Glass: Specifications,
    Identification & Manufacturing
  • Residential Applications
    of Metal & Plastic Roofing
  • Moisture Management
  • Mold Diagnostics & Treatment
  • Foundation Repair Using Keblar
    & Carbon Fiber
  • Environmental & Disaster Cleanup
  • Structural Deficiencies
  • Engineered Lumber

Q: What about repairing and/or improving the home that you’re inspecting?

A: This is not ethical, according to the ASHI Code of Ethics.

Q: How long will your inspection take? Should I do any special preparation?

A: The inspection should take a minimum of two hours. There is no special preparation necessary on your part.

Q: How much do you charge?

A: There are many factors involved in determining a home inspection fee, including the size, age of the house and if the home has a crawl space. We need to know more about these factors before determining an exact price. Only you know what your budget is, but consider that buying a house is a large investment, and making certain that there are no major problems helps give you the ability to complete the transaction with peace of mind that you have made a well-informed decision.

Q: Do I need to be present at the inspection?

A: Alert encourages you to attend the inspection if possible. There is no substitute for being able to examine the reported issues first-hand.

Q: Is the house up to code?

A: That's something which you'll have to find out from your local building authority. Some municipalities modify state or national codes for local conditions; a home inspection is not the same thing as a municipal code inspection. A trained home inspector will accurately describe, in detail, the condition of the home.

Q: What is the best way to schedule a home inspection?

A: Once your offer has been accepted, please CALL Alert Home Inspection at (248) 357-5758 to schedule an inspection!

Q: Will you prepare a written report?

A: Yes. A written report is prepared and given to you at time of the inspection.

Q: How is the inspector's report handled, and does it conform to ASHI® Standards?

A: The American Society of Home Inspectors' Code of Ethics states that inspectors should not release any information from the report without the permission of his or her client, usually the buyer. Sometimes, an inspection company will make an exception when an item is found that is an immediate danger to the occupants of the home (such as substantial gas leaks, dangling electrical wires, etc.), in which case the inspector may then alert the occupants to that concern. Alert's inspector's reports fully conform to ASHI standards.

Q: What do sellers need to know about the buyer's inspection?

A: Our professionsl home inspection is a visual examination of the systems and components of a home. During our inspection we examine hundreds of items, which will be replaced the way they were found.

Q: What is Radon and should I test for it?

A: Yes. Radon is a naturally occurring gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Radon cannot be detected by sight, smell, or taste and is estimated to cause 7,000 to 30,000 deaths from lung cancer per year. When trapped indoors where it can build to high levels, it can become a health risk. Radon can enter a home or building through dirt floors; hollow block walls; and openings around floor drains, pipes, and sump pumps.

RADON FACTS:

  • High levels of radon have been found in every State.
  • 1 out of every 15 homes is estimated to have high radon levels.
  • Levels can vary widely, even from home to home in the same neighborhood.
  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Q: What is ASHI, and why should I only trust an ASHI® member for my inspection?

A: There is no specific licensing program for home inspectors in the state of Michigan, and there is little evidence that state-approved licensing improves the overall quality of service in this field in states which do have licensing laws. A good home inspector needs to have much deeper knowledge They should be able to grasp complex mechanical issues, understand older, obsolete systems, and be familiar with assorted types of structural aging and abuse, as well as being able to communicate all of this in clear, easy-to-understand language.

The American Society of Home Inspectors® requires verified experience and proven expertise for membership. The organizations' Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics are recognized nationally, and continuing membership requires a large committment of time and money year in and year out to make certain that skills and education are kept up to date. Using an ASHI® member to inspect your home is not necessarily a guarantee of a perfect experience, but it does mean that the inspector is a professional who takes their job and responsibility seriously.

Q: What if I have any questions after the inspection is completed?

A: Call Alert Home Inspection at anytime at no additional charge.