FAQ about Home Inspections and Radon Testing


The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, IMG_0420so you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. After a home inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property.

If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and take preventative measures which might avoid costly repairs in the future. If you are planning to sell your home, you may wish to have a home inspection performed prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of the conditions which may be discovered by the buyer’s inspector and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in a better selling position. Having a home inspection will help you comply with current disclosure laws concerning the sale of your property.

Below is a list of common questions regarding home inspections and radon testing.


Can I Do a Home Inspection Myself?

Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and years of expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction and remains completely objective and unemotional about the home

Can A Home Inspection Fail?

NO! A professional home inspection is an examination of the condition of the home on the day it is inspected; it is not an appraisal, which determines market value or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance, but rather describes its visible physical condition and indicates what may need major repairs in the near future.

Do I Have To Be There?

It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is highly recommended. You will be able to accompany the inspector and ask questions directly as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work and how to maintain it. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you’ve seen the property firsthand through the inspectors eyes.

Who Hires The Home Inspector?

The Client usually retains the inspector. Clients can be either home buyers or home sellers. The Inspector works for you. The report cannot be given to anyone else without your written consent.

How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost?

The purchase of a property will likely be the most expensive investment people will make in their lives. It doesn’t make sense to shop for the least expensive inspector you can find. You will certainly save moneyIMG_0410-2 upfront, but the costs that come from missing something could be astronomical.
A Certified Home Inspector can point out existing or potential problems that would require attention either by the seller or buyer. While no home inspection can guarantee a problem-free home, you, the buyer, can save yourself from problems you never contemplated when buying your dream home. You, the seller, are complying with current disclosure laws concerning the sale of your property. To see the current rates for Like My Own Home Inspection, please visit our Services & Pricing page.

Is Radon Testing during a Home Inspection Necessary?

Radon is a gas that is found all around us, but is extremely dangerous if it is found in concentrated levels in your home. State testing has shown that Dodge County, WI has a very high rate of radon. Both the EPA and the Surgeon General recommend Radon testing for the health and safety of your family. If the level of radon is found to be above the acceptable limit, installing a radon mitigation system can ensure your family’s safety.