Home Inspection FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Home Inspection FAQs are questions that people most commonly have about home inspections. Read below to understand more about what we can do for you.

How Long Will My Home Inspection Take?

An inspection of a standard-sized home (about 2000 square feet) takes from 2 to 3 hours, depending on the size, condition and age of the home. Larger and older homes take longer. After the inspector is finished, they will go over the report summary with you and answer your questions. Plan to set aside 3 to 4 hours for your inspection, though it may not take that long. Your full report will be delivered by email within 24 hours.

What Areas Do You Cover?

We serve Allentown, Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Pottstown, Reading, York, and their surrounding areas in Central Pennsylvania. Contact us for service outside these areas. Additional fees apply to properties over an hour away, built prior to 1945, or over 2,000 square feet.

Is A Radon Test Included In My Home Inspection?

No, a radon test is an add-on service that we highly recommend. Pennsylvania has one of the most serious radon problems in the U.S. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the PA Department of Environmental Protection, anyone who is buying or selling a home should have the home tested for radon.

What Is A WDO Inspection?

This is an inspection for the presence of Wood Destroying Organisms, like termites, carpenter ants, and fungi like dry rot. These organisms attack and destroy any wooden parts and the wooden framing structure of your home. These inspections are usually required for particular loans, but because of the chance of critical damage, it's recommended to have a WDO inspection done no matter what kind of loan. This is also an add-on service.

Is Chestnut Property Inspections A Franchise?

We are not a franchise. We are a local, veteran-owned business built with focus, intention, and care in Lebanon County, PA.

Should I Be At My Home Inspection?

Absolutely, we encourage it! You’re able to be there as we uncover any issues your potential new home may have, and will have the opportunity to ask questions onsite, when the questions are fresh in your mind.

Can A Home Fail A Home Inspection?

There is no pass or fail grade for a home. Instead, a home inspection identifies areas of concern. It also calls out material defects that could either place occupants at risk, or negatively affect the real estate transaction. Construction code 'pass or fail' inspections are the responsibility of municipal or county government.

When Will I Receive My Inspection Report?

You will receive your interactive inspection report within 24 hours of the end of the inspection. The report includes photos, graphics, video, and clear descriptions of any problems or issues that we found. We will also prepare a Repair Request List for your negotiations by request.

Can You Do Any Of The Recommended Repairs?

No, we cannot. In the home inspection industry, this violates our code of ethics, and it certainly is a conflict of interest.

Do Home Inspectors Have To Be Licensed?

The state of Pennsylvania does not license home inspectors. Home inspectors are governed by Pennsylvania law, and are required to belong to a national home inspector association, comply with a code of ethics and standards of practice, and pass a recognized or accredited examination. Since Pennsylvania doesn't license inspectors, it's important to know that you are hiring someone qualified. We are trustworthy, trained, and credentialed Certified Professional Inspectors.

Our Service Area

We serve Allentown, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, Pottstown, Reading, and their surrounding areas in Central Pennsylvania. Contact us with questions or service outside these areas.

Additional fees apply to properties over an hour away, built prior to 1945, or over 2,000 square feet.

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