Clarity and transparency are vital to the service we offer at Timberline. We ensure we answer all your questions and provide a straightforward, plain English approach to reporting and documentation to help you understand your inspection as efficiently as possible. Some of our most frequently asked questions include:

The cost of a home inspection can vary significantly. For example, an inspection for a small apartment may be far less than a luxury home. We cover a wide range of properties of all shapes and sizes, making it essential to tailor our prices to suit the level of work required. For a personal quote, you can contact our team directly, and we'd be happy to provide you with one.

Our home inspections are designed to meet all necessary standards of practice by InterNACHI. That means a comprehensive top-to-bottom examination of your property, including everything hidden away, such as HVAC components, roofing, basements, electrics, and appliances. We'll need access to every area of your home to complete our thorough inspection process.

The time taken for a home inspection in Birmingham or Montgomery varies depending on the condition and size of the property. A typical inspection may take three to four hours, while larger properties, new construction, or commercial builds can take a day or longer. We can provide a specific time frame for your property when you request a quote.

Once your home inspection is complete, we'll provide a full report to you or your realtor. From there, you can decide whether to negotiate repairs or fixes if you're looking to buy a property. You can choose to renovate or fix particular problems before selling your home or building if you're selling. We're happy to help order any concerns by priority to ensure you can focus your energy on the issues that may affect you the most.

If you're buying a home, you're typically the person responsible for paying for a home inspection. However, if you're a seller, you can also choose to invest in an inspection proactively. Some realtors may also cover inspection costs when selling a property, depending on the value of the building and what kind it is.

To prepare for a home inspection, you should first ensure all areas are easily accessible. For example, moving items in the attic or basement so your inspector can easily access what they need to check. Ensuring you have working bulbs for all spaces is also helpful. You can also unlock any doors or windows in the home so your inspector can check the whole property.

While we don't expect a showroom, a tidier home is easier to navigate, so we always appreciate it if items are moved out of our way. Home inspections can often be stressful for pets, so keeping them away is also a helpful way to prepare for our visit.

A home inspection isn’t necessarily a requirement, but as Alabama is a caveat emptor state, it’s the buyer's responsibility to complete a thorough examination before purchasing. So, if you plan to buy a property, investing in an inspection is the ideal way to reveal issues you may not have known about, allowing you to negotiate on price or change your mind about a home.

If you're building a property, you'll want to ensure that your construction project meets all necessary state requirements for safety. An inspection is a valuable way to keep on top of any potential concerns, ensuring the house you build is up to standard and safe to live in.

We aim to have a same-day turnaround on all reports. During busier months, you’ll likely receive your inspection report later in the day, ready for you to access and view the following morning. For complex, in-depth reports that require more than one visit, we’ll ensure all information is collated into a report after each visit.