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Frequently Asked Questions




Q. What should you look for in a home inspector?

A.  A home inspector should be licensed by the state in which they are doing business.  To be licensed in the State of Mississippi, a home inspector must pass a national home inspectors exam, as well as a required amount of schooling.  It is always a plus if the inspector has prior experience in the construction industry. They should be covered by an errors and omissions insurance policy, as well as a general liability insurance policy.

Q. Should I be present at the inspection?

A.  While it is not required that you be at the inspection, it is highly recommended that you attend so any specific concerns you may have can be discussed between you and the inspector face to face.  It is also a good idea to attend so you have a frame of reference when reviewing the inspection report.

Q.  Who does the inspector work for?

A.  You!  As per the Mississippi Code Of Ethics, a home inspector must enter into contract with an interested party to whom the inspector is obligated to be impartial, with regards to an oppinion not biased by any other business interest financial or otherwise. This means that the inspector should only have his clients' interest in mind, and is not financially vested in the sale or condition of any given property.

Q.  Can an inspector perform work on the house that he inspects?

A.  Home inspectors shall not repair, replace, or upgrade, for compensation, systems or components covered by the Mississippi “Standards of Practice”, for one year after the inspection.

Q.  What is the Standards Of Practice and Code Of Ethics?

A.  The Mississippi Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics is adopted from the American Society of Home Inspector’s (ASHI) Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. The purpose of these Standards of Practice is to establish a minimum and uniform standard for private, fee-paid home inspectors. Home inspections performed to these Standards of Practice are intended to provide the client with information regarding the condition of the systems and components of the home as inspected at the time of the home inspection.

Q.  What are some common issues looked for by a home inspector?

A.  There are seven different areas of interest when inspecting a home: 
Exterior - The overall condition of the fascia and soffitt boards, the siding and trim, proper sloping of the ground surrounding the building and proper surface drainage.
Interior - Sheetrock staining, loose, cracked or damaged ceiling and walls, and evidence of improper drafting in a fireplace.  Loose stair banister and railings.
Roof - Defects caused by aging or improper installation.
Structure -   Sticky doors and windows, cracking at the slab or foundation wall, buckling siding, or a sagging roof line.

- Safety issues such as no ground fault curcuit interrupters in the kitchen or bath, improperly wired outlets and switches, improper wire size for specific applications, and improper grounding.
Plumbing - Insufficient water flow, slow water drainage, proper installation of the water heater, loose toilet, and proper installation of any gas service piping.
HVAC - Damaged or rusted heat exchangers, improper firing of the burners, inadequate installation or dilapidated ductwork in the attic or crawlspace, and improper airflow through the house and the a/c distrubution registers, as well as improper cooling of the a/c.

Q.  What forms of payment do you accept?

A.  We will gladly accept cash, check or credit cards at the time of the inspection. As an added convenience we can accept payment by phone in advance of the inspection date.

Q.  What are your hours of operation?

A.  Customer convenience and satisfaction is a top priority for us. So to better fit within our clients schedule we offer home inspection services six days a week. 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Monday through Saturday.  We will make special  acceptions  for Sunday inspections if needed.

Q.  When can I expect to have my report delivered?

A.  You will receive your written report via e-mail within 24 - 48 hours of the actual inspection.

Q.  Who receives a copy of the report?

A.  The client.  An inspection is confidential, and is between the inspector and his client.  You may give the authorization to release the report to your agent or the selling agent or you may wish to give out copies on your own.

Q.  Is this report considered a warranty?

A.   No.  The inspection is a report on the overall condition of the home at the time of the inspection.  Issues may arise between the time of the inspection and the date of the closing and Bienvenue Home Inspections LLC can not accept responsibility for any items that break or malfunction after the date of the inspection.
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