Home Inspection FAQs

Can’t I Perform the Inspection Myself?

Inspecting your own potential house is not recommended. Home Inspectors are specially trained to look for things you may miss. Unless you are a home inspector yourself, seek out a professional. Some financial lenders require a licensed inspector to complete the inspection so talk with your agent, or lender to determine out how we can best meet your needs.

How far will you travel?

Wolf Hollow Home Inspections will go the distance to provide inspections in rural communities surrounding the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area. Those areas include, but are not limited to, the following counties: Columbia; Fulton; Greene; Hamilton; Montgomery; Rensselaer; Schoharie; Warren; Washington.

What Is the Cost of a Home Inspection?

The cost of a home inspection usually comes out of pocket for the potential homebuyer but not having an inspection may end up costing a lot more down the road. At Wolf Hollow, the base price for our home inspections is 400 dollars (additional costs for ancillary services). Do your research, speak to different inspectors, and choose whoever it is you believe will serve your best interest. Pro Tip: Cheapest isn’t always best.

What Is Covered Under This Inspection?

Wolf Hollow Home Inspections provides a thorough examination of all elements of the property in question. Our basic home inspection covers everything from the outside in, top to bottom. Our inspectors are looking for the safety, operation, and condition of everything inside and outside the home. Feel free to follow us around on the home inspection if you want to learn more about your property and any maintenance it may require once you’re settled in.

How Much Experience Do We Have?

The lead inspector/owner of Wolf Hollow completed a certification program through C.A.T.S. of Albany to satisfy the pre-requisites required to take the state examination. The lead inspector has completed approximately 200 hours of continuing education and maintains certification through the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNachi). Wolf Hollow’s owner worked under a ten-year veteran in the industry to enhance inspection skills and to gain a greater understanding of the inspector’s role in the home buying process. Wolf Hollow’s owner has completed hundreds of paid inspections and understands the importance of communication is when one is trusted to provide information about the biggest investment most people make in their lifetime.

How Long Will the Inspection Take?

Knowing the length of time for an inspection is important because you usually have to arrange a time with the realtor and the current owner for the inspector to examine the house. Since an inspection usually involves looking at pipes, wiring, roofing, and areas that may be hard to reach, Wolf Hollow sets ourselves apart by utilizing an assistant to reduce the time you have to spend away from your busy day while not sacrificing the quality of the inspection. Almost all inspections will take less than two hours and reports will be provided within 24 hours of the inspection’s end.

Is Anyone Allowed or Required to Attend the Inspection?

The home inspection is a valuable experience regardless if you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned investor. We encourage you to attend the inspection because you will be able to see, first hand, any potential problems that currently exist or could arise without the completion of preventative maintenance. So come along, bring a friend, a family member, or a dad because who doesn’t want a dad on the job!

*COVID-19 has had an impact on who is allowed to attend inspections. Please call us for the most up to date information regarding the inspection process as it relates to pandemic precautions.*

Is it Possible for a Home to Fail an Inspection?

The inspection is designed to tell you what needs to be repaired or maintained on the house. There may be some basic requirements for your financial lender to approve your mortage (this typically comes up during the appraisal process but includes concerns like missing handrails on stairways). This does not mean that the house has “failed” the inspection and will not be able to be sold, but those issues may need to be corrected before final approval of the loan is given.

What Happens if There Are Problems Found During the Inspection?

There are potential problems that can come up during inspections. The seller of a home is not legally required to repair all the concerns found by the inspector. As the buyer, you can discuss with your agent the possibility of negotiating for the repairs to be made before you buy the home. If the seller is not willing to do the repairs for you, or negotiate on price based on what was found, next steps should be discussed with your agent.