Frequently Asked Questions

Buying a house is possibly one of the biggest investment decisions you will make in a lifetime.  Please call me with any questions you have.  I would be happy to answer and discuss them.  

1. How much does a home inspection cost?  The cost is $275 within the Rapid City area (see prices outside of Rapid City here).

2. How soon can I get a home inspection done?  Typically, within one or two days.  I work at your convenience whenever possible.  Schedule it today.  

3. How much experience do you have?  I have been a licensed general contractor for nearly 40 years.  This experience has been invaluable in the home-inspection industry, as a licensed inspector, for over 10 years.  Read more.

4. What do you inspect?  I inspect the general visible condition of the house.  See "What is a home inspection" below and view the sample report.  

5. How long does an inspection take?  In general, an inspection takes two hours or longer.

6. Do you do Radon testing?  I do Radon testing for $95.00 plus tax and up.

7. Do you do inspections outside of Rapid City?  Yes, I am willing to travel to do inspections.  I charge $50 for each 25-mile radius outside of the Rapid City area.

8. Can I get an appointment after hours or on weekends?  Yes, appointments are often available anytime for your convenience, including nights and weekends.  Just contact me to check my availability.

9. Is your report computerized with photos?  Yes, I use the best inspection software system on the market.  My general practice is to include a tagged photograph with each reported item to aid communication.  View the sample report

10. How long does it take to receive the report?  Reports can be emailed within one or two days; they can also be mailed via post or delivered, according to your requested timelines.

What is a Home Inspection?

"A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections.

The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. 

An inspector will check the roof, basement, heating system, water heater, air-conditioning system, structure, plumbing, electrical, and many other aspects of buildings looking for improper building practices, those items that require extensive repairs, items that are general maintenance issues, as well as some fire and safety issues," according to Wikipedia/ home inspection.

More on FAQs

HUD - Department of Housing and Urban Development
Read more about home inspections according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including their article: "Ten Important Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector".