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Complete Olsen Home Inspections FAQ

Q: How do I choose an Experienced Home Inspector in the Dallas, TX, area?

A: Call your prospective inspector and ask about their credentials and experience. You must feel that the inspector is qualified, experienced, and attentive to your needs — all qualities that we possess.

Q: What qualifications or credentials should a home inspector offer?

A: When choosing a home inspector, begin with a list of association members in your area. Then, check to see who among these is the most experienced home inspector and has the most outstanding reputation for thoroughness — be sure to attend your inspection! That way, you'll learn as much as possible from your inspector. Some have college degrees in fields related to construction, such as engineering and architecture, and others have passed the same code certification examinations that the building code officials are required to pass.

Q: What will the inspection cover?

A: A thorough professional inspection covers everything from the roof to the foundation.

Q: How long will the Inspection take?

A: Most Inspections take about three to four hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age, and condition of the home.

Q: Should I be present during the Inspection?

A: We recommend that you be present at the site of the inspection, from start to finish.

Q: Why use our Services?

A: The purchase of a new home is one of the single most costly investments that a family will make. It is also important to know what you, as the primary investor, are getting for your money. A home inspection is an excellent tool for you, the home buyer, to help determine not only the condition of the home but also to help foresee any immediate unnecessary additional cost that may go unnoticed without the help of a professional inspection.  Home inspections are not a prediction of future performance, but they can pinpoint existing problem areas.

Q: Why can't I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor inspect my new home?

A: This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they may not be trained or experienced in a professional inspection. Professional home inspection is a unique skill. Professional inspectors get what we call an inspector's instinct for problems. That instinct takes extensive training and lots of experience doing inspections to develop.

Q: What if I have questions after the inspection?

A: You can call us and discuss all the aspects of your new home whenever you like. Our service is a long-term investment.