Inspections FAQs

We address many common questions regarding our building inspections. If we do not answer your question here, please contact our office at (608) 222-8848.

What does a building inspection include?

A standard building inspection includes an observation and report on the condition of the entire structure.

This includes:

  • the exterior sidingRoof Inspections
  • soffit
  • fascia
  • trim
  • gutters
  • electrical service
  • roof
  • chimney
  • skylights
  • windows and doors
  • flashing
  • caulking
  • garage
  • landscaping that would affect the foundation
  • the conditions of the interior walls
  • ceilings
  • floors
  • foundation
  • basement and visible structures
  • heating system
  • central air conditioning system (temperature permitting)
  • interior plumbing
  • electrical system
  • attic
  • visible insulation

When should I have a home inspection?

A home inspection is typically performed after an accepted offer to purchase is signed. Generally, a minimum of ten (10) days is written in to the contract for you to completely remove the inspection contingency. However, before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and the seller are obligated. Work with your Realtor and understand the print.

How long will my inspection take?

Our inspections take approximately three (3) hours. This can vary depending on many factors, including the type of property, square footage, the condition of the building and the age of the building.

Can I attend the inspection?

We encourage all our clients to attend their inspections and ask any questions they have.

When can I expect to receive my inspection report?

You will receive your inspection report within three (3) days. Often you will receive your report on the same day as your inspection. Also, our inspectors can print summaries onsite by request. Our reports include photos, diagrams and other necessary information to identify and bring understanding to our findings. As our reports are electronic, we can therefore email or mail the complete report to you.

Do WIC inspectors do repairs or improvements based on inspections?

Our inspectors do not do repairs or improvements to buildings. However, WIC inspectors are happy to offer recommendations of reliable and trustworthy contractors. We also consult with experts to ensure you receive the most comprehensive information about your property.

We partner with:

  • master electricians,
  • master plumbers,
  • mechanical, electrical and plumbing designers,
  • structural engineers, and
  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning designers.