FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

As a potential homebuyer, you likely have questions about the home inspection process. For example, is an inspection necessary? What does an inspection involve?

The Diamond Group welcomes your questions. In the following queries, we’ll explain how inspections work, why they’re valuable, and how they benefit you and your family. Don’t hesitate to contact us at (412) DIAMOND (342-6663) with any of your own questions.

What is a Home Inspection?

An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and the systems of a building. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, or townhome building, you should have it thoroughly inspected by an experienced and impartial professional before the final purchase. When you choose 412DIAMOND.COM to do the evaluation, you can rest assured that our inspectors are the best in the industry.

Why Should I Have a Home Inspection?

The purchase of a home is one of the largest single investments you’ll ever make. Since it’s such a big investment, you need to know the current condition of the property as well as any repairs and maintenance that will be needed in the future.
 
A professional home inspection informs the homebuyer of the property’s condition. Things aren’t always as they seem. A fresh coat of paint might be hiding serious structural concerns. Stains on the ceiling may simply be the result of a resolved leak, or they could indicate chronic roof leakage and mold damage. There could even be extensive pest damage that compromises the integrity of the home. After evaluating the property, our home inspectors will present their professional opinions on the property’s condition. This will give you a clear understanding of the home so you can make a confident decision.
 
If you’re selling your house, getting an inspection before you put your house on the market can help identify and remedy any potential concerns. Call The Diamond Group at (412) DIAMOND (342-6663) to schedule a home inspection today.

When Should I Schedule an Inspection?

The best time to schedule an inspection is directly after you have made an offer on a property. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to inspect the building. Ask your real estate agent to include this inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.

How Long Will a Typical Inspection Last?

A typical inspection will take from two to four hours, depending on the size and features of the home.

What Kind of Report Will I Receive?

Some home inspectors handwrite notes on a sheet of paper. These “reports” are often unorganized, unprofessional, and hard to read. At The Diamond Group, we create a typed report that’s customized to your home. These reports include several high-quality photos, detailed notes, and a summary page. Better yet, you’ll receive your report conveniently online (password protected) within 24 hours of the inspection.