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Q. Who should use an inspector?
A. The buyer should use an inspector to safeguard against undisclosed faults in a property. A seller may use an inspector to discover potential problems before the property is put on the market.

Q. What will the inspector look for?
A. The inspector will inspect a sample of plumbing and electrical fixtures, doors, windows, cabinets and the condition of the interior. The foundation, exterior, roof, garage and grounds will also be inspected. The inspector will note any major defects and potential problems that are visible at that time.

Q. Will the inspector look for building code violations?
A. No. The inspections are not a compliance inspection for building codes or regulations. However, the inspector will point out safety issues related to building codes.

Q. How long will the inspection take?
A. An average inspection takes between 2 to 5 hours depending on the age, size and general condition of the property.

Q. Who should be present at the inspection?
A. The buyer should be present during the final hour for the oral presentation and the written report. Questions concerning the report and maintenance issues may be addressed at this time. The buyer and their agent are welcome to observe the inspection process. It is recommended that the sellers or sellers agent are excluded from the final report.

Q. Will the inspector report on termites?
A. The inspector will reveal insect damage to the structure as observed but cannot advise on live infestation.

Q. What qualifications should an inspector have?
A. A broad experience in the residential construction trade and a working knowledge of major components is essential. Certification from an accredited school as well as membership of a professional inspector’s association is recommended. The ability to explain the findings in the report in a balanced and non-alarming manner.

Q. Who has the right to the report?
A. The client who contracts and pays for the inspection is the sole owner. The inspector keeps one copy for future consultation.

Q. Can the report be used as a bargaining tool?
A. Yes. The cost of repairs can be used by the buyer in negotiations with the seller.

Q. Who pays for the inspection and how much?
A. The client who contracts the inspector pays for the inspection.  Payment is based on the size, style and age of the property, usually between $200-$500. Payment is either through escrow, or if paid at the time of the inspection, Advantage Hawaii will offer a discounted fee.

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