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Frequently Asked Questions

You have the right to inspect your home inspector, and at Home Inspections Oahu, we want you to be just as thorough in your inspection as we are with ours.

Are home inspections necessary?

Residential inspections are optional, but they work in your benefit. Home inspections are an unbiased way to address any potential risks, the need for repairs, and learn about proper maintenance from the foundation to the roof. To us, it doesn’t matter if you close this sale or not—what matters is that you are choosing a safe, well-kept property.

Do most home inspectors have licenses and/or belong to a professional home inspection association?

Not every state in the U.S. (one of which is Hawaii) requires home inspectors to have licenses to practice, but there are many options for inspectors to become licensed as well as join professional associations. To obtain either (or both), home inspectors must prove they are qualified through a series of tests that appraise diligence and knowledge in the field.

HIO is certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)—recognized for its emphasis on continuous education. HIO also holds residential building and plumbing certifications from the International Code Council (ICC) —the oldest nationwide construction code credentialing program.

Does HIO keep up-to-date with the growing home inspection industry requirements?

HIO upholds extremely high standards when it comes to home inspection knowledge. Both the InterNACHI and ICC organizations require HIO to complete continuous education programs to maintain certification, in addition to our personal daily research.

Do most home inspectors have insurance?

This is a very important question. Reputable home inspectors should have “errors and omissions” insurance.

HIO is insured by leaders in the home inspections insurance industry for the past 20 years, InspectorPro Insurance. We are covered for up to $300,000 in errors & omission and $100,000 in general liabilities.

Are we welcome during the inspection process?

One of the most common mistakes people make is not going to the home inspection. We encourage you to come, ask questions and participate. Although our reports are easy-to-read and involve pictures, it’s best to personally show you the findings and answer any questions right then and there.

Bottom line is: we want you there too.

How long do home inspections take?

Generally inspections take two to four hours. But this amount can vary depending on square footage, the number of bathrooms, and the amount of risks assessed.

How much will this cost me?

Home inspections weren’t always available, and they certainly aren’t required, but trust us, it’s money well spent in the long run. Click here for specifics.

Does the inspector also perform repairs?

No. We are there to report the findings; anything more would be a conflict of interest.

What type of inspection report do you provide? And how soon after the inspection will we receive it?

HIO provides comprehensive written reports featuring inspection findings, including assessments of severity, and photos taken on property. The report is emailed as a PDF within 24 hours of the inspection.

You can view a sample report by contacting us via email.

Are you working for/with the real estate agent?

No. We are a neutral third party hired by potential homeowners to address existing problems before they become detrimental to infrastructure, and essentially, save you money in the long run.

Realtors do enjoy the peace of mind our services render. Hawaii Association of REALTORS strongly recommends that Buyers obtain a home inspection under the J-2. 

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