Hedderman Engineering, Inc.​
Residential Home Inspections

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions About Our Home Inspection Services:​​​​
  1. What is the benefit of having you perform my home inspection versus any other company in the area?
    We send out a team of highly trained engineers and TREC inspectors to all of our full home inspections. Not only do you have more than one set of eyes inspecting the house, but you have an engineer inspecting the structure of the home. Our engineer is able to give you an educated opinion on whether or not the foundation is performing its intended function at the time of the inspection, or is in need of foundation repair. Our company has been in business for over 35 years and all of our engineers and TREC inspectors have been trained by our Head engineer, Mr. Hedderman and our Head inspector, Mr. Selvidge to ensure quality inspections.
  2. Do you check the roof from its surface?
    If we are able to safely access the roof, we will inspect the roof from the surface. We do not walk on tile roofs as the tiles break easily, when walked upon. If we are unable to access the surface of the roof safely, we inspect the roof with a drone (as long as the weather permits).
  3. Do you include a Wood Destroying Insect inspection?
    If there is visible evidence of termite infestation, our engineers will certainly note it in the report and recommend further investigation with a specialist, but we do not perform termite inspections as we are not licensed termite inspectors. As a courtesy, we offer to set up a termite inspection with one of our recommended Pest Control Companies, to be during the same time frame as our home inspection. The termite inspection is performed by a separate company, which makes it a separate cost.
  4. Do you offer Phase Inspections?
    Yes, we offer pre-sheetrock and the final inspections.
  1. What does the home inspection include?
    Our full home inspection includes a visual inspection of the structure, roof, foundation (including elevation readings), mechanical, electrical, plumbing, ac systems, appliances and any of the following extras: sprinkler system, pool/spa, summer kitchen, guest quarters/garage apartment).
  2. Will you crawl under a Pier and Beam house?
    We inspect Pier and Beam foundations on a daily basis and as long as there is safe access and adequate space under the house, our inspectors will crawl under the house and inspect all components from the underside of the house as well.
  3. Do you perform Hydrostatic testing?
    No, this is considered invasive testing and is not part of our visual inspection. If you decide to have a hydrostatic test done, please do not schedule it during the same time as our home inspection as the plumber typically requires the water to be turned off, and our inspectors require the water to be turned on for our plumbing inspection.
  4. When should I set up my final inspection on a new house?
    We recommend having the final inspection done approximately three days prior to your final walk through in order to have a report in hand for your final walk through with the builder.
  5. When will I receive my report?
    As long as our service agreement has been executed and payment has been made, our inspectors will verbally go over their findings at the end of the inspection and answer any of your questions. Your report will be sent out by 10 am the following morning on weekdays, and by noon on Saturday (if your inspection is done on a Friday).
  6. Do you provide cost estimates for needed repairs?
    No, we do however recommend the RepairPricer tool. They make it EASY to turn any home inspection report into a highly accurate estimate of repairs. Simply upload your report, and within 24 hours they’ll have a detailed estimate of repairs back to you. They even offer a $10 discount if you upload your report through the " Repair Cost Estimates" tab on our website.
  7. When is payment due?
    We require payment before our inspectors are able to give you a verbal rundown at the end of the inspection. Reports are not sent out, until the inspection has been paid for.
  8. Do you make repairs?
    We do not. We remain an unbiased third party inspector to avoid any conflict of interest.
  9. How do I make sure that the repairs were made by the owner/builder?
    Call our office and ask about setting up a reinspection. We can schedule a time for our inspectors to go back out and make sure all repairs have been made. Reinspection fees vary, depending on the amount of items/ time the reinspection will require.
  10. Does your a/c inspection include checking Freon pressures and Freon leaks?
    No, those have to be checked by a licensed a/c tech. however we do check the performance of the system by checking the temperature differential, which is the industry standard.
Questions About Our Invase Stucco Inspection Services:​​
  1. What is the difference between your standard inspection and a stucco inspection?
    The standard inspection is only visual. The engineers will identify suspicious conditions and recommend you to a stucco specialist. The stucco inspection is performed by a stucco specialist who will also identify problem areas and then probe the stucco to determine whether there is any water damage or need for repairs.
  2. What does the stucco inspection include?
    The stucco inspection is an invasive inspection where the wood materials behind the stucco are tested for high moisture and damage. The inspection is to determine if the stucco is performing its function, which is to protect the interior of the house from water.
  3. How do you check the stucco / How do you probe the stucco?
    Checking the stucco includes drilling small holes (3/8th inch in diameter) about 1" into the stucco at any areas that are considered vulnerable to moisture. The holes are properly sealed and texture matched so they blend back into the wall finish. When we drill the wall we take moisture readings with meters and also check the integrity of the wood behind the wall.
  1. Can you see the drill holes after the patching?
    The patches blend into the wall and are not noticeable unless you are specifically looking for them. Even then they are hard to find.
  2. Do the drill holes damage the wall?
    No. Probing the stucco with drill holes is the acceptable and approved method for inspecting stucco.
  3. Do you do repairs or provide estimates?
    No, however we can refer you to stucco repair companies.
  4. Can we do a normal inspection first and then order a stucco inspection if the engineer indicates a problem with the stucco?
    Yes, however you may need to extend your option period so you can make time to schedule a stucco inspection?!