There are a number of payment options available. We prefer payment by e-check (an electronic funds transfer from your bank account). Alternatively, for a $10 convenience fee, we can process a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). Finally, we can accept cash or checks at our office at the time the inspection is scheduled.
We will reduce our fees by $50.00 when a client uses our services again, whether you are an investor or a homebuyer.
We cover the following Minnesota counties at our standard rates: Sibley, McLeod, Carver, Scott, Dakota, Hennepin, Wright. We are available to inspect other areas, but may require additional fees to cover our mileage costs. Please call with questions.
It is impossible to fully describe any building in a written report. We strongly encourage the buyer to be present for at least the last portion of the inspection, to take advantage of the opportunity to learn important information about the condition of the property.
Our inspections run from 2-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours depending on the complexity and size of the home and the needs of the buyer.
Investors and commercial property buyers have a different motivation than home buyers, as they are interested in the bottom line and generally are not emotionally invested in acquiring the property. Their ultimate question is, “Can I make the numbers work?” We have worked with a number of investors that are specifically looking for a property’s weaknesses in order to create an opportunity to maximize their financial interest.
Frankly, it can be difficult to know whether your inspector is qualified. As we’ve seen, simply belonging to a trade organization is not necessarily a good indication of ability. And just because an inspector has done many inspections does not mean he’s done them well. A buyer needs to consider education, work history, experience, and commitment to ongoing training when selecting a home inspector.
Surprisingly, there is NO license or certification required to become a home inspector in Minnesota. Many inspectors have chosen to become members of trade associations like ASHI or NACHI, but membership is voluntary, and these associations have varying levels of membership with different requirements for each level. It is possible to have a basic membership in an association without ever having done a single inspection. Every inspector at Welcome Home Inspections, on the other hand, is a Minnesota Certified Building Official, with thousands of inspections, hundreds of hours of continuing education training, and many years of inspection experience.
In a perfect world, all parties to a real estate transaction would be equally informed about the condition of the property. However, in the world we live in, the buyer of a home or commercial building is at an information disadvantage, since the seller knows far more about its condition. Although the seller is generally required to disclose “material facts” about the property, the questions are general and can leave significant gaps in disclosure. Foreclosed properties can be even more difficult to assess; because the bank has never “lived” in the building, it can be exempt from disclosure requirements. Furthermore, few buyers have the expertise to evaluate a building’s strengths and weaknesses. Finally, the size and nature of a home or building purchase makes it an inherently emotional transaction; if you “really want” the building, you may be tempted to overlook any defects.
Bottom line: If you are able to be objective and dispassionate about a real estate transaction; have observed hundreds or even thousands of buildings under construction, repair, and reconstruction; and understand the complexities of correcting construction deficiencies, then you probably don’t need a home inspection.