Frequently asked questions
AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln answers the most frequently asked questions from home buyers and real estate brokers.
If there’s an industry term you don’t understand, please check the AmeriSpec Glossary of Inspection Terms.
Questions for home buyers
Q. Why should I have a home inspection?
A. A home purchase is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. A home inspection provides you with the information you need to feel more confident in your decision. An AmeriSpec inspection will provide you with a detailed, objective report of the home’s condition so you can be aware of what you are about to invest in.
Q. How long does the inspection take?
A. A typical inspection of a property less than 2,000 square feet lasts approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours. The larger the home, the longer the inspection. A home’s overall condition will also factor in on inspection time.
Q. Do I need to be present at the time of the inspection?
A. Yes. It is to the buyer’s or seller’s benefit to be present at the time of the inspection. The point of a home inspection is not just to inspect the property, but also to educate the homeowner or potential buyer of the condition of the property. This can be better achieved if you are present at the time of the inspection.
Q. How will the inspection help me determine the condition of the home?
A. During the course of the inspection, the inspector will explain the condition of the property. After the inspection, the inspector will provide you with The AmeriSpec Report so you can make an informed decision on purchasing or listing the property.
Q. What is included in The AmeriSpec Report?
A. The inspector will provide you with a 15-20 page detailed report in an AmeriSpec folder. The report outlines all major areas of the home including heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, roofing and more. Our report is computer-generated on-site or can be e-mailed. Digital pictures are included with every inspection. You also will receive a free, lifetime subscription to a digital binder. This “digital filing cabinet” will be loaded with the your home inspection report and photos, as well as other related documents, such as the termite inspection results and radon testing. Maintenance reminders will be added so you will be able to protect the appliances in your new home. If you add the serial numbers of your appliances to the Appliances section, you will be automatically enrolled in HomeBinder’s Recall Check program. This will send email alerts to you if a recall notice is issued for any of the appliances.
Q. Why should I choose AmeriSpec over a local competitor?
A. Our company has become the No. 1 AmeriSpec in the nation by providing our clients with exceptional service. That means we take care of YOU! We become a resource for our clients not only during the inspection but long after our clients move into their new homes. And most importantly, we stand behind our work. We are not perfect, but we will make it right if we make a wrong call or miss something that was within the guidelines of our inspection.
Q. What are AmeriSpec’s inspectors’ qualifications?
A. The experience of nearly 100,000 inspections is what trains our inspectors. Our inspectors are hands-on trained. Too many inspectors out there simply attended a course or pass a test. Not at our company. We ensure our inspectors’ abilities on more than 500 inspections prior to them performing their first inspection. AmeriSpec inspectors are trained to perform a professional inspection that meets the highest standards in the industry – the Standards of Practice established by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
Questions for real estate brokers
Q. If I refer AmeriSpec to a customer, am I liable?
A. AmeriSpec inspectors have extensive Errors and Omissions insurance. In addition, this E&O coverage includes an indemnification component for all agents referring our services. Brokers, closing attorneys and mortgage bankers must register with AmeriSpec in order to qualify for coverage. See our Protect & Inspect certificate for details on coverage.
Q. Why choose AmeriSpec instead of an independent company?
A. AmeriSpec is nationwide. AmeriSpec inspectors undergo extensive training and are backed by insurance. AmeriSpec is also a part of ServiceMaster, a Fortune 500 company with $6.5 billion in assets.