Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a home inspection?
A home inspection is an important step in the home-buying process. Buying a home is one of the largest investments you will make in your lifetime. An inspection educates you on exactly what you are buying, so you feel confident about your investment.
How do I choose an Inspector?
When choosing an inspector, you want to ask about their credentials and years of experience. You should feel comfortable talking to the inspector and asking questions. You want an inspector who is knowledgeable and can provide clear, informed answers to your questions. You should feel that the inspector is qualified, experienced and attentive of your needs. You are the customer and your needs must come first.
Are Home Inspections regulated by the state?
Yes. Under Wisconsin's law – Wisconsin Certification (Chapter 440.9) enacted in 1998, home inspectors must register with the State and pass an examination approved by the Department of Regulation and Licensing. The law instructs the Department to consider the use of an examination modeled after the National Home Inspector Examination.
Find out more about state standards of practice.
Do I need an inspection for a newly constructed home?
A home inspection isn't just for older homes. A new construction inspection may bring to light necessary major repairs or builder oversights. It also provides valuable information on future maintenance needs to keep your home in tip top condition.
What will a home inspection cost?
Inspection fees vary depending on size, age and construction. Other tests, such as Radon testing, carry additional fees. Call Shamrock today to discuss your inspection needs and receive a cost estimate. The cost of an inspection is minimal compared to the cost of purchasing a home or the cost of repairs that may have gone unidentified without an inspection.
When do I call a home inspector?
If you are buying a home, you should schedule a home inspection after signing a contract or purchase agreement. A home inspection is a critical step in the home buying process. Make sure the contract includes an inspection clause, including contingencies related to radon testing. You may want to contact Shamrock prior to signing the sales agreement to discuss contingencies and deadlines. Be sure to mention any contingency deadlines when you contact Shamrock for your home inspection.
Does Shamrock have Professional Liability and Errors & Omission Insurance?
Yes. Proof of insurance available upon request.
What qualifications and credentials should I look for in an inspector?
When choosing a home inspector, begin with a list of association members in your area. You want an experienced inspector with a reputation for being thorough. Make sure your inspector has prior experience in the construction trades, and has passed the same code certification examinations that the building code officials are required to pass.
How long will the Inspection take?
Most Inspections take about two to three hours. The time may vary depending on the size, condition or age of the buildings involved.
Should I be present during the Inspection?
We recommend that you be present at the site of the inspection from start to finish. It's the only way to learn as much as possible about your investment, and it's your opportunity to ask questions on site.
What if I need to cancel my inspection?
You can cancel your inspection anytime by getting in touch with us; however, a cancellation fee of $50 will be billed if we do not receive notice 24 hrs prior to the inspection.