Dubose Home Inspection

It is easy to get moved by the excitement of buying a new home, and in the process, you might end up forgetting about the most critical things to do such as a home inspection conducted before signing a contract. During the home buying process, home inspections are an instrumental and can save you money and time in the long run. Many people confuse a VA home appraisal and a home inspection. They are not the same because appraisals will not issue you with a detailed look at a property to help you uncover the hidden problems and potential pitfalls.

At Dubois Home inspections, we visually elevate a home from roof to basement. It is an essential step to take in the home purchase process that lets you know what may require attention before finalizing a contract. The home inspection might not be needed by your realtor or mortgage lender. However, it is a highly recommended step that will ensure you are investing in the right property.

Interestingly, a home inspection company’s roles can be misunderstood by both the real estate agent and the home buyer. Without an agency with qualified home inspectors, an unqualified or uninformed inspector can cause significant problems that mostly can’t be rectified. An inspector should represent the buyer throughout the inspection process and is only responsible to them. An inspector should be considered part of the buyer’s team, including the lender, real estate agent, closing attorney, and any other involved expert hired by the buyer. A home inspector may be the only member of the team that can’t be influenced whether the deal closes or not. In most cases, the inspector gets paid during the inspection.

At Dubois Home Inspection, we consider the data collected during the inspection of our clients’ sole property private and confidential. We cannot reveal the information to anyone without our client’s authorization, not unless the client wants to share the information with their real estate agency, which happens most of the time.

When to Schedule a Home Inspection

The best time to schedule a home inspection with us is when the seller has accepted your offer. You might roughly have around 30 to 60 days after making an offer to close on the deal, and scheduling an inspection might take a week or two. The earlier the inspection gets done, the more time you have to request for repairs or negotiate the price before closing.

Our Responsibilities and Why You Need Us As Your Home Inspection Company

Our sole responsibility at Dubois Home Inspection Company is to provide you with a complete and deep inspection that translates into the inspection report. The report is not a value appraisal. However, it clearly states the condition of the property. This report is an active informational tool that helps you understand the property’s current situation in question. On it is a list of any defects that might require any immediate attention. You might think of the inspection as a pass or fail. However, it is more of a process of gathering information. We do not have any authority over the real estate process. Our role is only advisory, depending on the property you are looking forward to purchasing. We do not have the power to do repairs or correct anything we have documented during the inspection.

What You Get For Your Money

  • We get you the best home inspector who guarantees your satisfaction and gives you the best inspection possible.
  • We give you a free subscription to Recall Check to keep you updated on any recalls on your home appliances.
  • We provide a money-back guarantee.
  • We do a complete check, including air quality, mold, and Radon testing.
  • We offer free consultation as long as you own the home.
  • We give free warranties.
  • Thermal imaging capabilities and home energy score assessor.

Below is a detailed explanation of our services.

Checking for illegal installation and defects

At Dubois Home Inspection, we inspect homes, condos, townhouses, and other dwellings for buyers, real estate agents, or any other interested parties. We help reveal whether altered garages, rooms, or basements were completed without a proper permit, and the code followed. If a house has additional illegal and un-permitted rooms, it impacts the insurance, usability, taxes, and worst of all, the general value. Even homes with systems that were not installed to code will eventually become your financial problem during fixing. Any home for sale or purchase must pass through such inspections to reduce chances of negative eventualities. Let us be your trusted partner when you need someone you can trust by your side. We will notify you of any defects that need your attention.

Inspecting, Suggesting Improvements, and Reviewing Plans

Our services vary depending on the type of home. We inspect a previously owned home’s interior and exterior, including plumbing, attached buildings, electrical systems, attic, HVAC systems, and roof. We suggest possible developments and improvements or issues that are within your home and discuss potential code violations. When the house you plan on buying has never been inherited, we review plans to ensure that they meet local ordinances and building codes, inspect electrical and plumbing for code violations, and give out violation notices. In other cases, return visits to re-inspect your home may be necessary.

 We Provide an “OUT”

With our quality home inspection, we reveal critical information based on your home’s condition and system. It makes you aware of what cost, maintenance, and repairs your home might immediately require and over time. When you are not comfortable after the home inspection outcome, there is always an opportunity to step out of the offer to purchase. It is a significant step to take because it might save you thousands of money.


Before buying an “as-is” foreclosed home or short sale, home inspections are vital. Homes that have been boarded before often have hazardous mold problems that can be costly to remedy, and cause health problems. In most cases, it is customary to find that outdoor compressors and copper plumbing lines have been tampered with from foreclosed homes by people selling copper to recyclers for money.


Various safety issues can be detected during a home inspection. Such complications may include carbon monoxide, radon, and mold, which all homes must test. We are here to help you should the home you are planning on purchasing have hazards; you have an alternative of canceling the offer. In addition to that, having a home inspection is the safest way to protect your investment. Our home inspectors are a valuable educational resource. We can suggest specific tips on how to keep your home in good shape and ultimately save you thousands of cash in the long run. Always strive to protect your investment.

Negotiation Tool

A home inspection is a fundamental tool in providing an opportunity to ask for repairs or request a price reduction from the seller. Sometimes you can even ask for credit from the seller. The power to negotiate to a lower price is one of the advantages of having a home inspection. If you want the property, but it is on the edge of your price range, the details gathered during the process may grant you the bargaining power to talk down the price. You can also be in a contract that allows you to back out of an agreement if the inspection turns up with problems.

You can use the home inspection to understand the nuances of what may be the massive purchase to be made. Don’t fall in love with a piece of property because of the color of the walls, the property’s location, or something else, and be blind to the issues that can make that dream home a nightmare. A home inspector also acts as a deal-breaker in many cases. Home inspections can help you identify the additional effort or money to be spent on moving your home to an acceptable condition. If you are not willing to repair faults in gutters, cracked ceilings, or walls and use companies such as ours as a negotiating tool, you are probably not ready to stop your home buying search.

Predict Future Costs

At Dubois Home Inspection, our home inspectors are well enlightened on your home’s significant aspects that can impact the future. We can approximate the installation age of various home systems such as heating and cooling, plumbing, and critical accessories like water heaters. We can diagnose the current condition of the structure you are looking forward to purchasing. You can quickly know how long the appliances have been in the home with a home inspector’s help. All home components have a shelf-life. It is essential to understand them because it might just be a pointer that you need to make important budgeting decisions. It will help you know what type of home insurance or warrants you should consider.

Types of Home Inspection

What is the difference? Pre-listing, Pre-sale, New Construction Inspections

When the inspection is ordered might be the only difference. There are various standards for home inspection that every home inspector should follow. People need home inspections for various reasons. You will need a home inspection when you have lived in your home for a long time and need to know your home’s overall condition. You may also need a home inspection before listing and before the final sale happens. The only difference is when you request a limited inspection. For example, if someone has moisture problems in their crawlspace, they can request a crawlspace inspection. Another little review occurs when you have repairs done in your house, and you need a third party to check if everything has been done correctly. All inspections need to follow the correct standards unless requested by the client otherwise. However, these limitations should be noted in the report.

The Reports

We ensure you get your report in 24 hours, usually on the same day when the inspection occurred. All the information is posted on the net, secured with a personal username and password. The report will be accessible and available 24 hours every day for five or more years. It makes it easier for you to download the report anytime or any day you want or need it. You can save your information as a pdf file, forward or print it to someone else.

Cost of a home inspection

The cost of home inspection dramatically varies depending on the market. However, more specified and intensive checks can be done at higher prices. Home inspections may seem costly because they cost around $300 to $500 or even more. However, it is worth the investment based on the location and age of the property. Having us as your inspection agency can be a surety that you are getting the best services. You will also need to have the cash at hand. Unlike any other closing costs, a home inspector is paid at the time of the service.

However, it is your responsibility to understand every detail you can about the property you will eventually call home. Having us as your home’s Inspection Company will help reveal the hidden workings of the property. It will allow you to be informed of all the perks and pitfalls the house has to offer so that you can make an informed choice.

Find a potential home of your choice and research about it like you would on any other essential purchase. When you are enlightened on the property you are to purchase; you will encounter fewer surprises down the road. At Dubois Home Inspection, we will help you make a lifetime decision based on your current budget, money investment, and future time. Your home is your most significant investment. Get in touch with our experienced home inspectors to help you get the best out of what you need. If you have additional questions on inspections, talk to us at (803) 924-9014. We would be more than delighted to work with you and help you ensure that you are making the right choice for you and your family.