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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions. If you don't find what you are looking for here, please, by all means, reach out.

FAQ:

Question: I'm trying to buy a house. How does home inspection fit into the process?

Answer: If you are the buyer, your offer should stipulate a time period within which you need to complete any inspections . As soon as the seller accepts your offer, you are in a race against the clock. You will need to get your inspections done during the agreed time frame. For this reason, we recommend that you choose your home inspection company ahead of time. Put our number in your phone, so you're ready to go at that time. Once you get your inspection report back, you should have enough information to work with your agent, and decide your next steps.

Question: Will a home inspection uncover everything wrong with the home?

Answer: Realistically, no. A home inspection is a visual, non-invasive inspection of readily accessible systems and components of a home. If there is something wrong inside a wall, where it is hidden, we won't be able to see it, and most likely it wouldn't be discovered- unless we are able to detect it with Infrared (thermal) imaging. We do include Infrared with all inspections, to give you a better product than "industry standard". While we can certainly see more with Infrared, it's not the same as ripping open a wall to see inside. That, we cannot do.

Question: What all is included in a home inspection?

Answer: We look at virtually everything, top to bottom. It's actually easier to describe what is not included. We look for certain structural defects, but we don't do engineering calculations. We inspect the major appliances, but not the small appliances (microwaves, coffee makers, etc.). We will test heat and A/C, except window units. For a more complete explanation, click here. We also offer some services as add-ons, realizing that not everyone wants these. Add-ons include WDO (termites, etc.), mold inspection, radon testing, water testing, and tree inspection. We now include thermal imaging (Infrared) for FREE, because we don't want anyone to go without this valuable benefit.

Question: Regarding the add-on services, how should I choose which ones to get?

Answer: We won't suggest extra services unless we think you will benefit from them. For example, radon testing may not be necessary, depending on the construction of the home, and your living style. We really cannot recommend for or against it without talking to you. Mold inspection is most relevant when excess moisture is discovered, or poor ventilation. Mold is actually a bigger concern in newer homes than in older homes, due to their air tightness. Generally we don't recommend mold testing unless there is other evidence first (odors, visual growth). Of course, if you have a family member who is sensitive, by all means we can add it up front, but otherwise you may wish to wait for the general inspection, and then see which, if any, other inspections to add.

Question: Do home inspections come with warranties?

Answer: They did not used to, but we now offer a FREE homebuyer's warranty with every Buyer's Inspection.  We have the best warranty and guaranty program in the inspection industry. For more information, check out our "Warranty & Guaranty" page.

Question: How much does a home inspection cost in the Indianapolis area?

Answer:  We want our pricing to be competitive and fair, so we try to adjust it based on the size of the house. If you are buying, though, as a rough guideline, you should budget for $400-500 for the initial inspection. Sometimes additional inspections may be called for. These may or may not incur additional cost, depending on what they are, and they may need to be performed by other specialists. For example, if we find problems with the foundation, we may recommend having a foundation specialist take a look at it. They may or may not charge a fee for doing so, depending on what is involved.  Contact us for details.

Question: How much does a termite inspection cost?

Answer: Similar to the whole home inspection, prices will vary a bit depending on the amount of work involved- but you could expect it to be roughly 1/4 the price of the home inspection.

Question: How far ahead do I need to book my inspection?

Answer: We pride ourselves on our quick turnaround. We can normally get your inspection done within 48 hours.  One thing we won't do is cut corners to get inspections done faster. We will also do inspections on weekends, for clients who need it. We'd rather work extra hours to keep up, than do mediocre work.

Question: How does your report differ from the other companies' reports?

At Deepli, we feel that our report is as unique as we are. We have been developing our own proprietary report for some time, and continue to improve it all along the way. We make sure that where the report talks about the electrical panel, we put relevant photos there in the report, not at the end. You don't need to flip back and forth trying to decipher what we are talking about. We also use a unique 3-mode summary. We don't want to give away too much here, but we are confident that you will love it.

Question: How long after the inspection will I have to wait for the report?

Answer: We will get your report to you within 24 hours at the most. Although some companies will give you an "instant report", the quality of the report is often not as good as it should be. We take a lot of photos, so we prefer to go back to the office and view them all  on a bigger screen, make sure we put the best ones in the report (and near the relevant text- you'd be surprised how hard our competitors make that look), and then take a little extra time to explain things more thoroughly. We also need some time to move photos from multiple cameras, including the Infrared camera, and possibly an aerial drone if one was used for the roof. This way, you have a report that is still worth referring to, even months later. We believe the higher quality of our report is worth the small wait. If you need it more urgently, let us know- we may be able to give you a preliminary version, and add the photos later. We will always do our best to accommodate your needs.

Have a question that we did not answer here? Or, are you ready to talk to us about your inspection needs? Let us know!

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