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  • How long does a home inspection take?
    A typical home inspection takes 2.5 to 3 hours. However, depending on the size, the condition, and the systems installed in the home it can take more or less time.
  • Do you offer new home construction inspections?
    We do offer full spectrum inspections for new home builds. We offer pre-drywall inspections and once the home has received its occupancy certificate from the county.
  • Do your home inspections include repair estimates?
    No. The job of a home inspector is to offer a list of defects and details of the home. Some inspectors can offer ranges for repairs, but typically this is done using an aggregate system to determine the most likely cost to repair. However, this is not authoritative as each contractor will determine the cost for their work. Contractors have vastly different costs estimating procedures and the quality of the contractor will also affect the price. You will get what you pay for, so going with the cheapest may end up costing you more in the long run.
  • Do you accept credit cards?
    Yes! When we schedule your home inspection you will get a confirmation email, a pre-inspection agreement, and an invoice. In the email you can complete the agreement and you can pay online. Payment is not due prior to the inspection, but it is required before the report will be released to you.
  • How much do your home inspections cost?
    Every home inspection is different so there is not a single price. This will depend on size of the home, age of the home, any additional structures, additional services (radon and water test), distance to the inspection, etc. I work hard to keep my prices reasonable and as with anything you get what you pay for. Contact us today to price your home inspection.
  • Can I have my home inspected if I am not selling?
    YES! It is a smart thing to have a home inspection each year on the home you own even if you do not plan to sell it. By having an Annual Home Maintenance Inspection you can catch minor issues before they become bigger, be able to prepare for bigger repairs, and possibly catch life threatening issues such as a gas leak. This can be a great way to protect the value of your home. Call us today to order your Annual Home Maintenance Inspection.
  • What areas do you offer home inspections?
    We offer full home inspection, radon tests, and well water tests to the following areas: Blairsville, GA Blue Ridge, GA Cherry Log, GA Ellijay, GA Jasper, GA Hiawassee, GA Young Harris, GA Cleveland, GA Mineral Bluff, GA Dalton, GA Gainesville, GA Dahlonega, GA Murphy, NC Hayesville, NC Andrews, NC Franklin, NC McCaysville, GA Ducktown, TN
  • Do you offer radon testing?
    Yes! We offer a 48 hour test with a high quality radon test unit and offer you an hour by hour report. Radon is a dangerous gas that is quite prevalent in our area so it is recommended to get a radon test along with your home inspection.
  • Do you offer repair ideas in the home inspections?
    In the home inspection report you will see language like "Recommend qualified contractor to repair." In states that require licensure there are requirements in the language of the report. When a repair is needed it is likely that other issues are hidden and will not be known until the repair is fully evaluated with a more intrusive evaluation. So instead of offering a detailed repair option we recommend you contact the appropriate contractor to evaluate further.
  • How many defects do you typically see on a home inspection?
    Every home is different, but all homes have something in common: they have defects. From minor defects like a missing window screen to structural damage. From estimates seen in the home inspection industry the average home inspection has between 20-30 defects. Again, these can be minor so the number really isn't that important. What really should be focused on is the severity of the defect, its ability to cause more damage or injury, or may cost significant amounts of money to fix. A home inspector is not there to be "nit picky" but to just bring to the attention of whoever requested the inspection the items found. It is completely up to the client as to what to do with the information given. So you can have an inspection that only has 5 defects, but could be major defects that could pose harm or significant cost to repair. While you can have a home with 30 defects that could be repaired quite quickly and inexpensively. If you order a home inspection read the report (not just the summary) carefully to make sure you know what you are dealing with.
  • Can a home fail a home inspection?
    The purpose of a home inspection is to identify defects. A home inspection is not a building code inspection. When home is being built or remodeled code inspections are required. These type of inspections can fail. However, a home inspection is a detailed description of the home and the systems that make up that home. What you do with the information will be totally up to you. Home inspections do not get reported to any kind of regulatory agency so it is completely for your information.
  • Do you offer septic inspections along with home inspections?
    We do not currently offer septic inspections. Most septic inspections require to dig up the access to the tank and this is not something we are able to do at this time. As we grow we will evaluate whether this will be a service that we offer.
  • Do you inspect detached garages or guest homes?
    The fee you pay and service you receive will be based on what you tell the home inspector. Typically detached garages and guest homes are not included in a typical home inspection as these come with completely different roof, foundation, electrical, mechanical systems, etc. If you wish to have these inspected it needs to be requested at time of scheduling for an additional fee.
  • Do you walk on every roof?
    I walk on every roof as long as it is safe to do so. If it is raining or snowing, is severely damaged, or too steep I will not walk on the roof. I do utilize a drone, assuming the weather is suitable, to inspect the roof if I cannot walk on the roof. There are many roofs that I can walk on parts of the roof, but not all of it. I will access as much as possible and note in the report when I cannot inspect a portion of the roof.
  • What is included in a home inspection?
    A home inspection from Best Mountain Home Inspections is a detailed and very thorough inspection of every system of the home. Our home inspections include detailed reviews of: Roof, Attic (ventilation, insulation, structure, etc), Exterior, Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Plumbing, Interior, Kitchen, Laundry, Chimney/Fireplace Inspection, Foundation, attached garages, Bathrooms. Every inch of the home that is visible and is otherwise available to be safely inspected will be reported on.
  • Can I be present at the home inspection?
    Absolutely! I welcome clients to join me for the home inspection. However, it is best to wait until the end of the inspection to get results of the inspection to reduce distractions. I follow a very specific system to complete the home inspection and reduce the chance of missing anything.
  • How do I schedule a home inspection?
    There are a couple of options: Call or text 470-472-4663. This is a small business so if we do not answer the first time, leave a voicemail and we will call you back promptly. Text is a great way to communicate. Email at Use the chat box at the bottom which comes directly to us. Fill out the form on the page and we will get back to you!
  • What are the limitations in a home inspection?
    A home inspection is a visual inspection only. This means that if personal belongings are in place or blocking certain areas, these will not be inspected. This typically is when significant items are in place. A small box or lamp may be moved if the inspector determines it can be without damage. Any locked areas will not be inspected. Access must be given to crawlspaces and attic spaces for full inspections. A home inspection should be viewed as a check up by your doctor. Your doctor does a general overlook and if any issues are found they send you to specialists for more invasive checks. A home inspection is a great overview that will give you the information needed to move forward to have repairs made or more evaluations.
  • How long does it take to get a home inspection report?
    You will have your home inspection report on the same day as the inspection. If there is any delay for some reason we will contact you and give you a solid expectation of when you will receive your home inspection report.
  • Do you send the home inspection to anyone else?
    I send the report only to people my client wants to have the report. If you wish an agent or family member to get the report just let us know and we can add them to the report list. If you do not add anyone else it will only go to you.
  • Can I get a stand alone radon test?
    Yes! You do not have to order a home inspection to be able to get a radon inspection. It will be a 48 hour test with a high quality radon tester.
  • Do you offer termite inspections?
    Every home inspection will include examining the property for WDO (wood destroying organisms) such as termites. There are distinct signs of termite activity and damage. If this is seen it will be noted in the report. I am not certified to give any kind of termite letter. You will get a thorough inspection and any signs will be noted.
  • Do you offer re-inspections?
    Yes. If you have a home inspection and you want a follow up after repairs have been done we can offer re-inspections. Be mindful that there maybe some latent defects still present.
  • What are your qualifications?
    Jon has years of construction, real estate, and home inspection experience. On top of experience Jon is certified by InterNachi and licensed by North Carolina and Tennessee. Georgia does not have a home inspector license at this time. We are continually studying and keeping up on current building science principles, construction methods, building codes, etc.
  • Why should a home buyer get a home inspection?
    Many sellers do not know all of the defects in their home. They typically keep their home clean and take care of what is visible, but many items get missed. A home inspector's job is not to judge the seller, but to give the buyer the ability to make an informed decision for your specific needs. Every home is different and has some defects. Even brand new homes or recently remodeled homes have defects. Some are minor and some may be very significant. Having a third party look over a home is a smart way to get the confidence you need to make such an important decision.
  • What home inspection services do you offer?
    We offer radon tests and a well water test. You can get these as independent tests or along with your home inspection. A discount is available if both radon and water tests are added to a full home inspection.
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