Frequently asked questions

What is a home inspection?

A general home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by InterNACHI Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.  The scope of work may be modified by the Client and Inspector prior to the inspection process.

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Should I attend the inspection?
Yes, an inspection is a highly educational event. We advise you to attend all or part of the inspection, although attendance is not absolutely necessary. Join us and learn. Ask questions. Paradise Home Inspections Kauai has lots of information to share!
When will I receive my report?
We strive to deliver reports within 24 hours of the inspection.
Does my inspection come with a warranty?
No, our home inspection does not include any warranties. We advise our clients to purchase a home warranty with their home.
Who should order a home inspection? You should, if:
  • You’re considering purchasing a home
  • You’re preparing your home for listing to sell
  • You're a homeowner and would like to know more about your home's characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, potential defects, etc.
Does your home inspector walk the roof?
The answer may surprise you. Not all home inspectors walk roofs. In fact, InterNachi, the leading association of home inspectors, does not require inspectors to walk roofs. Some inspectors strictly use drones to complete roof inspections, and others use binoculars while standing on a ladder. At Paradise Home Inspections, we believe the inspector is more likely to miss important finding unless the roof is walked. Nothing beats being able to see, touch, and closely observe the roof. Doing so helps the inspector gain valuable insight. Certain circumstances may preclude us from walking the roof. When the roof is slippery, steep, or in fragile condition, we may employ the use of a drone. Otherwise, we walk every roof to best help us observe and evaluate it’s condition.
Does your home inspector run the appliances?
Another grey area in home inspections. Again, InterNachi does not require appliances to be run as part of their Standards of Practice. At Paradise Home Inspections, we go above and beyond. We run a full cycle on dishwashers and washing machines. We test microwaves and stove burners to make sure they are operational. Although these items are not actual components of the major systems of a home, they are often included in the purchase and should be evaluated during the home inspections.

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