MSA HOME INSPECTIONS
Proudly serving the Big Island of Hawaii!
SPECIALIZING IN SINGLE FAMILY HOMES AND CONDOMINIUMS
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FAQs

How long does a home inspection take?
A typical inspection take 2 to 3 hours to complete, depending on the size of the dwelling, complexity of the structure, and issues to report.  This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on.  As a courtesy to sellers, we recommend that they be informed of the time frame in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.

What do you look at?
We inspect the major systems of the house.  These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior.  Our goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase.

How much does an inspection cost?
Our inspection fees start at $225 for studio condos up to 500 sf and $300 for single family homes up to 1,000 sf. 

What is included in the fee?

  • Complete home inspection conducted by an experienced professional.

  • Comprehensive written home inspection report.

  • Technical support for as long as you own your home.

Can I follow along?
Definitely!  We encourage you to attend.  The inspection is a valuable learning experience for most home buyers.

Do I have to take notes?
You don't have to take notes during the inspection.  We will document everything in a written report.  It's much better to follow the inspector through, listening to his comments to make sure you understand.  It's also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you.

Can I ask questions?
Absolutely!   You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home.  You should also feel free to stop the inspector and ask questions as you go.  If the inspector's comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation.

What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 1/2 hours walking through the home with the inspector. You won't have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes won't get dirty.

Can I bring my family?
We recommend that you not bring your family; this is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on the inspector's comments - the fewer distractions, the better.

Do I get a written report? When?
You do receive a written report.   It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things we cover during a home inspection.  The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home.  It will be delivered via email within 48 hours after the inspection.

If it's really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?
No.  Our goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and issues you should be aware of.  Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house.  The home inspection is very important but it is only one piece of the puzzle.  Only you know all of the factors at play.

Do you offer a warranty on the house?
A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information.  It's a little like getting a check-up from your doctor: It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty.

Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house - they cannot be discovered during a home inspection.  For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don't leak when you simply turn on the shower.  Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist.  Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed.  As such, we cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.

Home warranty programs are available from others.  We would be happy to help you contact a warranty company.

How long has your company been in business?
Mike started inspecting private homes and condos in the Seattle, Washington area in 2000.  At the end of 2016, Mike and his wife Debbie moved to the Big Island.  Shortly after arriving in Kona, a number of local real estate agents and business people encouraged Mike to resume using his home inspection skills to serve the local communities.

How many inspectors do you have?
Mike is currently our one and only full-time professional available to perform inspections.

What are your inspectors' qualifications?
Mike is a 2000 graduate of the ASHI@Home Home Inspection Training Program provided by Carson-Dunlop, a leader in the home inspection field for over 3 decades.  He began his home inspection career with Seattle Eastside Building Inspections in Kirkland, WA. 

Mike also has an extensive background in technical design, commercial aircraft manufacturing planning, and home renovation and repairs, with an extreme eye for the details in every situation - all of which contribute to the quality of your inspection report. 

Are you a member of any professional associations?
Mike is an Associate member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).  His membership number is 262847.

How many days notice do I need to give you?
Mike is ready to serve you quickly.  However, when the sale of a home is conditional on the results of a home inspection, we recommend that you allow at least three days to arrange for a home inspection.