Trinity Home
Inspection LLC

118 N. Peters Road, Suite 231
Knoxville, TN 37923

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Frequently Asked Home Inspection Questions

What is a thermal imaging camera and why do I need a home inspector who uses one?

You should always use an inspector with the proper tools. Ever since I added the FLIR Thermal Imaging camera to my home inspection process, it has been amazing to find the things that would surely have been missed by just inspecting with the naked eye. The thermal camera gives you the peace of mind that nothing is missed during the inspection process. Trinity Home Inspections is one of the only companies in the Knoxville area using the FLIR Thermal Imaging technology on every inspection.

Who needs a home inspection?

Home buyers and home sellers definitely need a home inspection.

Home Buyers: The purchase of a home is one of the largest investments you make, so it is imperative that you know as much as you can about the condition of the property before you make the purchase. A home inspection will identify any major repairs that need to be addressed and will help you understand ongoing maintenance required to keep the property in great condition.

Home Sellers: Working with a home inspector prior to listing your property can help you address issues with the home before you put it on the market. This ensures you don't have unexpected surprises after the fact and instills trust with prospective buyers that you've been proactive in resolving any issues up front.

How long does a home inspection take?

An inspection on your home should take a minimum of 2½ hrs and could take up to 8-10 hrs depending on the square footage of the house or the age of the house. Even a small condo, if the job is done right, should take at least 2 ½ hrs from start to finish.

What exactly does a home inspector look for?

An inspector looks for major structural defects and/or major electrical problems. Trinity Home Inspection's thermal imaging camera helps identify major issues which are typically not visible to the naked eye. A home inspector will also identify minor issues such as toilet flappers that may be going bad, and he will ensure all the appliances are in working order.

Should I be present during the home inspection?

It's not necessary for you to be present, but it's definitely recommended. You will be able to watch the inspection and ask specific questions about how to resolve an issue or maintain the properly. The written report will also be easier to understand if you've seen the issues the inspector has identified.

What kind of report will I receive?

In most cases, you will receive a computerized report on-site when the inspection is done. If an inspection requires numerous photographs, the report may need to be prepared offsite and presented to you the next business day. If are not present at the inspection, Trinity Home Inspections can provide the report to you via email. Each report includes a list of quality contractors and service professionals that we trust to help you resolve any issues that may be identified in the report. Master Inspector, Kevin Jardet, is available to answer any questions you may have about your home inspection report. Sample Report

What should I do about problems found during an inspection?

You should discuss the issues with your real estate agent and determine if the issues are easily fixed and don't diminish the value of the property. Any major issues should be fixed by a qualified contractor. If the home owner fixed the himself then you should have your inspector re-inspect those issues.

Remember, no house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems with the home, it doesn't necessarily mean that you should not buy the house. In fact, the seller may adjust the purchase price if major problems are found. The purpose of the home inspection is make you an informed buyer so you can make the best decision for your situation.

I am buying a newly built home. Why do I need an inspection?

Even if the contractor is known for quality work, the majority of construction tasks (foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical, etc.) are subcontracted out to the lowest bidder, focusing on speed (not quality) as the most important factor for the builder. With many concurrent activities occurring at the same time, it's virtually impossible for the contractor to monitor every phase of the home construction. Protect your investment by getting the home inspected before closing.

I am selling my home. Should I have my home inspected?

It is really up to you. The buyer will likely have the home inspected. Having an inspection up front allows you to be proactive about the making repairs and ensuring you get the best price possible for your home.

Why should you use Trinity Home Inspections over anyone else?

Your home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make - you owe it to yourself to hire the best. We are passionate about our work and about giving your home the best and most complete inspection.

Trinity Home Inspections is not cheapest home inspector in Knoxville, but we are the best. We have the experience and the right tools and technology to do the most thorough and comprehensive home inspections in the area. Kevin Jardet, owner of Trinity Home Inspections, has an impeccable personal and business reputation in Knoxville and the surrounding counties.



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