Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the common questions from other customers like you. We’d be happy to answer your questions personally; just give us a call at (919) 436-HOME(4663) or send us a note.
About our Inspections
What's included in an inspection?
All of our comprehensive home inspections include a set of items as defined by the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board. You can find the full in the North Carolina Standards of Practice. The things that most differentiate our inspections from other providers include the leading-edge technology we use during the inspections such as drones and infrared, our comprehensive approach to coordinating all the different inspection services you may need, and our follow-up care such as the free return visit to validate items from the report that were fixed.
Do I have to be home for the inspection?
You don’t have to be there, but we do recommend that you and your agent plan to be there for at least the last 30 minutes of the inspection where we will go over any major issues discovered. If you’re not able to be there, then that’s OK, as our Inspection Report is quite comprehensive and will include photographs and descriptions. We’ll also follow up with a Report Review where we will answer any questions you may have about our findings. If you are buying or selling a home listed by a realtor, then we’ll use the standard secure entry that the realtor uses for showings. Of course, if you need a New Construction Warranty Inspection or an Annual Home Health Check-up, then we’ll need to make arrangements for entry to the home at the beginning of your appointment.
How long is a home inspection?
Our full inspections (comprehensive and annual home health check-ups) usually take between 2 and 3 hours depending on the size of your home.
If you recommend a repair, how do I know if the contractor fixed it correctly?
Each of our inspections includes one free come-back visit where we’ll check on the work performed by your contractor to make sure that the repair was completed properly. It’s all part of our commitment to provide the very best customer service in the area!
Our Tools & Technology
Why do you use infrared during your inspections?
Ever wonder if there was a major problem lurking behind the walls that are all covered up with insulation and drywall? Infrared is a great tool that can help us see anomalies in the temperature of surfaces around the house that could indicate we need to investigate further. Leveraging infrared, and then following up with additional investigation, we have found many active water leaks, electrical connectivity issues, and issues with missing insulation after further investigating which could not have been discovered by a visual inspection without this technology. That’s why we bring it wherever we go!
How can you tell if there is lead in my home?
The first indicator of whether or not lead is present is the age of the home. Industry experts recommend lead testing on homes built before 1978 if renovations are planned or materials that may contain lead are exposed.
How do you know if radon mitigation is needed for my home?
The soil conditions and topography are the best indicators of a radon problem. If your neighbors have a radon mitigation system, you probably need one as well. The best way to know for sure is to conduct a radon test, which is recommended for any existing home during the purchase process or within the first 3-12 months of occupancy of a newly constructed home. A testing device is placed in the home for a minimum of 48 hours before it is sent to a lab for analysis. While a fast turnaround may be needed when buying a home, a longer collection period is recommended for non-urgent situations. Our inspectors at Nest Egg Home Services are InterNACHI Certified Radon Testers, and can not only conduct the testing but can help you assess if mitigation is required or how well your existing system is performing. Find out more about our accreditations by InterNACHI and other industry associations.
How do Drones help in your inspections?
We did a lot of research to find drones that are both safe and provide the information needed to assess the condition of your roof, gutters, and chimney systems. Our drones document trouble spots, such as missing flashing, damaged roofing tiles, deteriorating gutters, etc. We are fully insured and licenced by the Federal Aviation Administration as sUAS (Small Unmanned Aircraft System) pilots.
How do you know if mold is present in a home?
Mold is suspected as a problem when a resident complains of allergy symptoms or breathing issues or when there is a history of water leaks or flooding. A home inspector can take a tape sample of visible mold to determine the type of mold, or can take a sample of the air to determine airborne mold spore concentrations. In either case, the test samples are sent to a lab and a report of findings is delivered.
Pricing & Payments
How do you determine the price for an inspection?
We keep our pricing simple and easy to understand. We have a base price, which is adjusted for the size of your home if it is over 1500 square feet by adding $25 per additional 500 square feet.
- Comprehensive Inspections offer an in-depth assessment of your home and include a FREE drone video of roof and gutters and a FREE infrared scan of your ceiling and walls. This is the recommended inspection for real estate transactions, and our base price is $350 for most homes (plus $25 for every 500 square feet above 1,500).
- Annual Home Health Check-ups help you identify issues before they develop into a costly repair, and include coaching to help you stay on top of maintenance and create a prevention plan to save you money and keep your family safe. Our base price is $300, (plus $25 for every 500 square feet above 1,500).
- Five-Point Inspections focus on areas of your home most likely to be the cause of needed repairs: Roof, Structure, Electrical, Plumbing, Heating/AC. Our flat price is $250 regardless of the size of the home.
We also offer individual prices for specific inspections or add-on services, such as Radon Gas Testing, Termite Inspections, Pre-drywall New Construction Inspections, and more. Give us a call at (919) 436-HOME(4663) or send us a note for complete pricing information.
When is payment expected?
At the inspection appointment, you can pay by cash, check, or credit card through our secure mobile payment processing. You can also pre-pay by check or card online using the link in the electronic invoice that you will receive by email. We do require payment prior to sending your inspection report and doing a report review with you and/or your agent.