AmeriSpec
Eastern Iowa Central Iowa Western Iowa
(319)363-1256 (515) 244-2100 (712)792-9492
 
 
 
     
 
FAQs
Answers to frequently asked questions from homeowners and realtors
  Homeowner Frequently Asked Questions
    Why should I have a professional home inspection?
   

A home purchase is one of the biggest investments you will ever make, and an inspection from AmeriSpec® helps provide the information you need to feel confident about it. After receiving our thorough, objective report detailing the home's condition, you’ll be able to make a smart, informed decision.

     
    How long does an inspection take?
   

The process usually takes two to three hours depending on size, age and condition of the home and any additional services provided.

     
    Do I need to be present during the inspection?
   

Yes. The goal of a home inspection is not just to inspect the property, but also to educate the homeowner or potential buyer about the property’s condition. This is better achieved if you are present at the time of the inspection.

     
    How will the inspection help me determine the condition of the home?
   

uring the course of the inspection, the inspector will explain the condition of the property. You will also be provided with the AmeriSpec Report to help you make an informed purchasing decision.

     
    What is included in The AmeriSpec Report?
   

The AmeriSpec Report is an easy-to-reference document detailing the condition of the home's major areas (such as heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, roofing, etc.). In addition, you'll receive a Seasonal Maintenance Checklist with tips for keeping your home in shape, a do-it-yourself Home Repair Manual, and savings on home services from the ServiceMaster® Family of Brands.

     
    Why should I choose AmeriSpec over a local competitor?
   

Since its inception, AmeriSpec has conducted in excess of 1.5 million inspections. AmeriSpec has over 250 independently owned and operated businesses with insured, well-trained inspectors who perform an average of over 110,000 inspections annually in the U.S. and Canada.

     
    How qualified are AmeriSpec inspectors?
   

All of our inspectors are trained and certified to meet the highest industry standards. AmeriSpec offers the best education in the industry by combining classroom instruction and hands-on technical training in our state-of-the-art facility.

To enhance our classes, AmeriSpec uses a complete educational training system developed specifically for us by Carson Dunlop and Associates, one of the most respected names in professional home inspection training.

AmeriSpec also takes continuing education seriously. Technical training classes are held periodically throughout the year to educate our franchise owners about new inspection services we offer.

     
    Being Present During Inspections
   

It is especially important to be present during our inspection. By accompanying the inspector, you will have the opportunity to:

  • See the condition of key components throughout the house and property firsthand, giving you a better understanding of your home and of the resulting inspection report.
  • Ease any concerns about findings which may seem distressing on paper but are in fact superficial. For example, the inspector might explain that inexpensive lubricant can quiet an alarming appliance noise or that an unsightly column needs only a coat of paint.
  • Have all of your questions and concerns addressed immediately as they arise.

Prior to the inspection, please prepare a list of any questions or concerns you may have about the property, and communicate those issues to us in advance to ensure they will be properly addressed (and that any necessary special arrangements can be made). Please bring your list to the inspection as well.

     
  Realtor Frequently Asked Questions
    If I refer AmeriSpec to a customer, am I liable?
   

AmeriSpec inspectors carry extensive Errors and Omissions insurance and General Liability insurance, and we offer negligent referral coverage to help protect real estate professionals in the event a claim is brought against them for recommending AmeriSpec. Real estate agents must have a written agreement with AmeriSpec in order to qualify for coverage, along with their own Errors & Omissions policy. See additional insured certificate for more details on coverage, or contact your local AmeriSpec inspector.

     
    Why choose AmeriSpec instead of an independent company?
   

AmeriSpec is a nationwide home inspections service with extensively-trained and insured inspectors. AmeriSpec is also a part of ServiceMaster®, a Fortune 500 company with 6.5 billion in assets.

     
    How many items are inspected?
   

Over 400 items are inspected including the foundation, roof, and structural components, plus the visible electrical, plumbing, and mechanical operating systems of the property.

     
    What will my client receive in writing as part of the inspection?
   

Our inspection findings are packaged in the AmeriSpec Report an easy-to-reference, three-ring binder. The AmeriSpec Report includes a copy of the home inspection report, a Home Maintenance Manual, a Seasonal Maintenance Checklist, and a variety of home-related services from our ServiceMaster® Family of Brands.

     
    How long does an inspection take, and does my client need to be present?
   

The process usually takes two to three hours depending on size, age and condition of the home and any additional services provided. Since the goal of a home inspection is not just to inspect the property but also to educate the homeowner or potential buyer about the property’s condition, it is in your client's best interest to be present during the inspection.

     
    What are your inspector's qualifications?
   

All of our inspectors are trained and certified to meet the highest industry standards. AmeriSpec offers the best education in the industry by combining classroom instruction and hands-on technical training in our state-of-the-art facility.

To enhance our classes, AmeriSpec uses a complete educational training system developed specifically for us by Carson Dunlop and Associates, one of the most respected names in professional home inspection training.

AmeriSpec also takes continuing education seriously. Technical training classes are held periodically throughout the year to educate our franchise owners about new inspection services we offer.

     
    Being Present During Inspections
   

It is to your client’s benefit to be present at the time of the inspection. By accompanying the inspector, your client will have the opportunity to:

  • See the condition of each key component throughout the house and property firsthand, giving a better understanding of the home and of the resulting inspection report.
  • Ease any concerns about findings which may seem distressing on paper but are in fact superficial. For example, the inspector might explain that inexpensive lubricant can quiet an alarming appliance noise, that an unsightly column needs only a coat of paint, or that the problem causing a water spot has previously been corrected.
  • Save time and avoid frustration by learning about the operation of the new home. Your client may find out how the heating system works, how to light pilot lights, how to turn on various appliances and components, and where shut-offs are. The inspector can also point out maintenance needs and procedures, and explain how and when to check items that need periodic monitoring.
  • Have all questions and concerns addressed immediately as they arise.

Prior to the inspection, please ask your client to prepare a list of any questions or concerns about the property, and to communicate those issues to us in advance to ensure they will be properly addressed (and that any necessary special arrangements can be made). Please remind your client to bring the list to the inspection as well.

 

 

   
 
     
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