Frequently Asked Questions

Homeowner FAQ’s

1. Why Do I need a Home Inspection?
A house is a complex and dynamic connection of systems and conditions. Each one is expensive and has a life cycle. Each one wears out differently. Each requires different maintenance and is vulnerable to poor installation, quick repairs and the environment. It only makes sense to learn as much as possible about this expensive investment. If you are a Seller, the inspection helps identify problems and even safety hazards before any disclosure or liability.
2. What does it cost?
The cost varies depending upon the size and type of home. Since homes vary considerably, so does the time it takes to inspect. Send an email or call and We will get back to you quickly with a quote.
3. What does the inspection normally uncover?
As much as we can from maintenance issues to mechanical defects and possible safety hazards. The Inspections are non-invasive, visual examinations of the accessible areas of the residential property. We follow the National Standards of Practice (InterNachi) and comply with the State of Wisconsin Standards of Practice. This includes:

  • Roof, flashing, chimneys, vents, gutters & downspouts
  • Exterior walls, doors, windows and materials
  • Basement foundations (If visible), crawlspaces, slabs, & drains
  • Electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, piping and wiring
  • Insulation, ventilation, and structural framing
  • Interior walls, doors, flooring.

We do not inspect or comment on:

  • Cosmetic or items
  • Radon
  • Mold
  • Lead
  • Pest
4. How long does it take?
Most inspections take 2.5 to 3 hours. Clients are encouraged to walk with us and ask any questions.
5. Do you offer a warranty or guarantee.
Yes We work with American Home Warranty Company to offer a limited warranty
6. How are you different from other Inspection Companies.
We use our extensive Construction background and add in the best arsenal of high-tech tools to look for and report on critical components and conditions. We do this as part of our standard inspection and don’t add on extra charges for these like other Companies

Dedicated to Excellent Service

The main areas of concern for any homeowner are usually:

  • Water

    1. The number one problem facing all Structures is the protection against and the management of Water, Moisture & Humidity.
      1. We check thoroughly for those points and problem areas.
      2. Roofs, Basements, Walls are all vulnerable

 

  • Energy leaks & Insulation

    1. The cost of heating and cooling a home is very expensive. Its important to understand the condition of leaks or insufficient insulation.

 

  • Safety Hazards

    1. Old, Poor-Quality or compromised electrical wiring can lead to shocks and fires. Little or no overcurrent protection at outlets with GFCI breakers or AFCI breakers.
    2. Gas Leaks. Natural Gas and Carbon monoxide are fuels and by-products of todays Furnaces, Hot Water Heaters and ranges. They are also deadly.
    3. Connections:
      1. Deck ledgers, railings, support beams. All critical structural components designed to be secure and keep you and your family safe.

MJ Clark has the high-tech tools for the inspection that will help uncover issues that other inspectors might miss.

Call to find out more or schedule an inspection