Frequently Asked Questions About The Home Inspection Process

1. What is a home inspection?
It is a visual evaluation of the general condition of a house. We also determine whether the systems are still performing the way they are supposed to, and report on safety and maintenance issues as well.

2. How long does a home inspection take?
It depends on the size and age of the house and the type of inspection you have chosen: Walk Through or the Complete Package. It can last anywhere from 30 minutes (small property walk through) to 6 hours (large property complete inspection).

3. What do you actually inspect?
We look at all major components of a house:
  • Exteriors
  • Interiors
  • Roofing
  • Structural elements
  • Electrical installation
  • Plumbing
  • Air conditioning and ventilation
4. Is this a PASS/FAIL type inspection?
The answer is no. We will report on the actual condition of the house at the time of the inspection. We will deliver a detailed report describing the physical condition of a house and explain what components or systems may need replacement or repair.

5. Will you estimate the value of the property?
No. A home inspector will not determine the market value of the property. This is usually done by a realtor or a property appraiser. Home inspectors will provide objective information on the state of the home at the time of the inspection but will never get involved in any kind of price negotiation.

6. Do I need one?
A house is most likely a large investment, especially in the very active and booming real estate market of the Riviera Maya. A home inspection will help you make an informed decision avoiding unexpected problems that can end up spiraling out of budget. We can identify existing problems, the need for major repairs or preventive maintenance in order to keep everything in working order.

7. What is the cost for a home inspection?
The price depends on the size of the property to be inspected and the type of inspection you have chosen.
  • Walk Through · Starting 0.50 USD per house square meter · Read more
  • Complete Package · Starting 2 USD per house square meter · Read more
8. Should the client attend the inspection?
Definitely yes, if it fits their schedule. This is a good opportunity for the client and inspector to come together and clarify various aspects of the inspection process.

9. Do you offer a warranty on the house?
Anyone making such a statement is taking advantage of their clients understanding - it is merely a marketing trick, protecting the service provider trough hidden provisions in the contract.
As we were not involved in building the structure or any of its components, we cannot offer any kind of warranty on the house.
A home inspection provides a professional opinion based on the information available at the time of inspection. It’s a bit like getting a check-up for a used car from your trusted mechanic: it improves your chances of owning a reliable car, but there is no guarantee or warranty for future repairs. Some problems will only be revealed by living in a house – they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some problems will only become obvious when furniture is moved or finishes are removed and some roofs only leak under specific weather conditions.

10. Do you make repairs or estimate their cost?
We don't make repairs as this would represent a conflict of interest. Depending on the repairs required  we can make approximate estimates.

Home Owners Info

1. How do I prepare for it?
We kindly ask you to remove any obstacles (furniture, for example) that may block the access to:
  • Water heaters
  • Cooling equipment
  • Electrical panels
  • Electrical receptacles
  • Ground fault interrupter
  • Sanitary Installations
  • Storage Spaces
Water heating equipment should be operational (the pilot light must be lit and the gas valve must be open). All systems (water, gas, and electrical) should be On. If electrical circuit breakers are in the off position, standing pilot lights are unlit, gas valves, main water supply valves are shut off we will assume that they are in such condition for a reason and the written report will state they are inoperable.

2. Should the owner attend the inspection?
This is a time that the buyer will use to clarify many aspects of the house inspection process. We kindly advise home owners to provide the necessary privacy as buyers may feel uncomfortable asking questions if the owner is present.

3. Pets
We kindly ask owners to inform the inspector of their presence and to make sure they will not interfere with the inspection process.
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