Frequently Asked Questions

Greenville SC Home Inspection FAQs

Purchasing a house is a huge step for many people. It is a smart move, and often a mandatory requirement by a funding source, to have a home inspection prior to purchase. This vital step will help you as the buyer understand your new home, its potential issues, and to make wise buying decisions.

Pro-Tech Inspections generally exceeds the standards of our state and professional organizations. Many look for the best price when shopping for a home inspector. Cost should never be the deciding factor. Too often get what you pay for. Pro-Tech Inspections based in Greenville, SC looks forward to serving you! Providing Greenville SC Home Inspections, and service throughout the upstate.

Can I Do My Own Greenville SC Home Inspection?

It is always a good idea to do your own walk-through of the home – and to do that multiple times. However, a licensed home inspector, such as ourselves, are trained to find issues that may be missed by even the most experienced tradesman. Further, your real estate contract likely requires a licensed and insured home inspector complete the inspection in order to submit a repair request. A home inspection is always recommended and will be the best money you ever lose should major defects be found.

With this said, remember we are Generalist. Imagine we are your family doctor. If you had diabetes or heart trouble, you would want a specialist to treat those illnesses. In kind, on occasion it may necessary to involve trades people to completely understand the complexity of some defects.

How much does a home inspection cost?

The cost of a home inspection depends very much on the home – its size, age, location, additional inspections, and more. Contact us and we will provide you with a no-obligation quote. We aren’t the least expensive, nor the most expensive. We perform around 1500 inspections annually, largely based on our reputation and ability to support clients with fierce advocacy even after the purchase. Working with home warranties, insurance companies, and ensuring your long term investment is protected, we are your go to partner – not once but for life.

What will be included on my home inspection?

We work hard to bring you a thorough home inspection. We inspect all major aspects of your home, including exteriors, interiors, roofing, plumbing, heating, cooling, electrical, structure, and more. The Standards of Practice adopted by South Carolina dictate the items we are required to inspect and those we are not. Further, our pre-inspection agreement and report clearly defines those items. We will work diligently to complete a thorough inspection, even going back to the property if the Seller has some items blocked. Other Inspectors will charge you or the Seller. We will not, why would we charge you? It’s our job to ensure we get the information you need.

Every inspector says they provide you an easy-to-read home inspection report in electronic format. Ours is unique, and other companies have tried to buy or purchase our format. They’ve even changed report software trying to copy it.  Fortunately, we had the foresight to copyright the format and layout.

If you have more questions about what is a home inspection, Click here, to take a virtual tour of what to expect with your home inspection.

How much experience do you have as a home inspector here in Greenville SC?

A lot. I have an engineering background and have completed thousands of home inspections in the Upstate and across the country throughout my life.

Other companies offer home warranties and Buy Your Home Back Guarantees, why don't you?

You’re right! Other local Inspection companies offer a 90 day warranty, a no denial warranty, or even a Buy Your Home Back Guarantee.  Why?

Why do they feel the need to pay for and offer these to their clients?

Do they get that many complaints?

Are they holding themselves less accountable?

Are they trying to cram in too many inspections per inspector, rather than letting the business go elsewhere?

Are they not focused on providing the highest level of Client Care while leveraging their experience and knowledge, combined with the ability to effectively communicate the findings in layman terms?

At Pro-Tech Inspections we don’t use warranties (that only cover 22-30 days by the time you close), and we don’t offer to buy your home.

We focus on doing quality inspections and allow our reputation to speak for itself. Of course, we make mistakes.  And when we do – we own them! We make it right ourselves and act like a true partner without hiding behind a warranty company or a Buy Back Guarantee.

We simply do good and thorough inspections that speak for themselves. That’s why currently over 1800+ Realtors in the Upstate of South Carolina recommend us to their clients!

How long does the home inspection take?

That is also dependent on the home. Usually around 2 hours or so, but could be more if the home requires it, or less if the home is in good condition, vacant, or small. Regardless, we will take as long as we need to satisfy our curiosities and determine the condition of the home.

What about the home inspection report?

Every inspector says they provide you an easy-to-read home inspection report in electronic format. Ours is unique, and other companies have tried to buy or purchase our format. They’ve even changed report software trying to copy it.  Fortunately, we had the foresight to copyright the format and layout.

Our report follows the Standards of Practice. It is written at an eighth grade level to ensure the report is easy to read, follow, and act upon. We employ a Clinical Psychologist who reviews 10 reports every business quarter to ensure the reports are not alarmist and clearly state what we see.

Never seen a home inspection report?

Most of our reports are 38-42 pages long. Don’t let that scare you or overwhelm you!  There is of course some documentation, such as – preface explaining our process and how to read the report, descriptions briefly explaining each section, then photos (generally 100-150) in each report depending upon the size, features, and type of construction found in the home. A summary section is also included at the beginning to highlight those areas we recommend for repair.

Lastly, it’s important to understand that in the real estate process discovery is on the Buyer. Wording in our report is carefully considered to provide a means by which you can ask for repairs rather than hire additional trades for further inspections. In other words, we strive to build value for you and limit additional costs.

Can we come on the inspection with you?

Of course! It is your inspection after all. We encourage you to attend the inspection. This allows you to see first hand the things we are pointing out and a brief verbal overview of what to expect in your report. It also allows us an opportunity to address any concerns or specific questions you may have.

We are creatures of habit though.  Whether it’s a 1000 or 10000 sq/ft home we’re going to follow the same proprietary process on every property.  For this reason, it helps if we can have about an hour to get going and into the routine. It also prevents distractions that may lessen the quality of our work. However, if you want to be there the whole time, come on!

Can the home "fail" the inspection?

There is no pass or fail. There are deficiencies, maintenance items, safety issues, and things to monitor, but it all comes down to what you are willing to deal with or not. It is important to note that we’ve never found anything that couldn’t be fixed.

What do we do if you find issues?

If we find issues on your home inspection, keep in mind that they can be fixed.

At the same time, they may not have to be fixed by you. Talk with your Realtor about negotiating repairs.

There is no value in us getting between you and your Realtor, as we each have a unique role in the transaction. As licensed Realtors ourselves, we know and understand the process. We understand how to write reports in a manner that support your best interest and in a way that falls within the needs for a repair request to be submitted by your Realtor.

We don’t actively practice real estate, meaning we do not work with Clients to buy and sell houses. However, earning and maintaining this license is yet another means we have employed to better serve you. It also provides us the ability to access homes through the Realtor Lockbox system, thus making it easier for us to serve you and the real estate community as a whole.

Referrals and why we take your privacy seriously.

We focus on home inspections. Nothing else.

We don’t own any repair or mitigation companies. Nor do we endorse any local repair companies or contractors. Some inspectors also own repair companies and complete repairs on homes they inspect.

We don’t participate in alarm system offers, Lowe’s or Home Depot coupons, moving services, utility concierge services, home warranties, and no Porch, Home Advisor, or Angie’s List contractors will be contacting you.

We do not share your information, Period. We derive our income from what we do best. Home Inspections.

Nothing more and nothing less.

We are Independent and Ethical.

We love and value the Realtor’s who choose to refer clients to us directly, or whom include us on their vendor list given to Clients.

However, we are independent, uninterested third parties in your transaction. Sure we buy lunches, do training, and sponsor local Realtor functions, and on occasion we even hand out some inexpensive swag to keep our name and phone number in front of the local real estate community, as it always has new faces.

BUT – we will never do the following…

  1. Pay to be on a Realtors’ list.
  2. Pay a referral fee to anyone.
  3. Change or edit a report to appease a Realtor, Buyer, or Seller.
  4. Provide favors, gifts, or any form of compensation for referrals or inclusion in any Realtor event, office, vendor list, etc.

Your home inspector should be the one person who truly doesn’t care whether you buy the home or not. We are not compensated based upon the close of the transaction, thus we are one of the few persons with no vested interest in your home purchase.

Our job is to educate you on the property, and provide you our professional opinions on items we recommend for repair/replacement.