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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the common questions we receive from clients. If you still need some answers you can’t find below, send us a note through our contact form or give us a call!


A home inspection is performed by a licensed home inspector and is designed to provide an unbiased, thorough, detailed examination of a home. Most of these inspections occur during the real estate transaction process. However, there are a multitude of reasons to hire a qualified home inspector while living in your current home. Homes are inspected for structural soundness, proper function, and code requirements for all visible, accessible areas of the property.

Whether you’re protecting yourself or your family, a home inspection will help ensure you are spending your hard earned money wisely. A home inspection performed by a professional home inspector will give you a deep and clear understanding of the current condition of the home as it stands that day. Buying a home is oftentimes the largest investment a person will make in their life, so be sure you, your family, and your money are protected by enlisting us to help you today!

When buying or selling a home, when building a home (construction phase inspections such as foundation, predrywall and final), 11-month builder warranty inspections, and periodic home inspections as the home ages and components start to wear out.

As a licensed home inspector, we are required to complete a 70-hour course, 25 “ride-along” inspections with an already licensed inspector, and pass the National exam. Once those are completed, then you can apply through the state agency for licensure. At VCHI, not only do we have licensed home inspectors, but we also have a licensed structural engineer. Talk about adding value to your inspection!

A typical home inspection will last anywhere from 2-4 hours. This is based on a 2,000 square foot home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bath and the current condition of the home along with the accessibility to all components.

We always recommend you being present for the inspection. This will allow us to walk the property together at the end of the inspection and answer all questions before we leave the property. This takes all the guesswork out of understanding what will be in the report and allows us to get to know each other so we can help serve you better.

At VCHI, we price our inspections based on age of the home, square footage, and location.

Your inspector will provide you with a home inspection report that is yours to keep. The report will summarize what was inspected, its condition, any defects identified, and recommendations for repair (if needed). The inspector will provide this to you within 24 hours of completing the inspection. You will receive the report via HTML version (through Homegauge our reporting software) and a PDF version sent through email.

You will receive a link to an active Google Sheet that contains our preferred vendors as well. This will help you with any moving/repair/remodeling tasks you need to make this house your home!

We offer a variety of services including the following:

Commercial inspections, radon testing, infrared thermal scans, home energy audits, well component inspections, water quality testing, structural design services, structural inspections, 3rd party inspections for AHJs, and Owners Representative for Construction and Permitting.