Frequently Asked Questions

At Tipton Inspection Services, we charge a flat fee for our home inspections. The size of the home doesn’t matter. All residential homes located in Warren County are $300. All residential homes located in the Corry Area, Elk County, Forest County and McKean County are $325.

We take cash or you can pay online with your credit/debt card for a small processing fee.

On average our typical home inspection takes about 2 hours to complete. If it is a larger home or additional ancillary services are being done, then it will take a bit longer.

By having a home inspection done with us, you are getting an unbiased opinion from a Certified InterNACHI Profession Inspector. This inspector is there to help identify any major problems and safety concerns prior to closing. Depending on what is found during the inspection, a buyer can ask the homeowner to have repairs done.

The best time to have this done is after you have made an offer on the home, and it has been accepted by the seller. This will provide you with ample time to get back in touch with the seller should a problem be found.

While it is not required to be present when the inspector conducts the inspection, we highly recommend that you are. This will allow the inspector to show you first hand any problems they find and the ability to answer any questions you may have.

A septic dye test involves the introduction of a special tracing into the septic system. If this dye can be viewed seeping out of the ground at the completion of the test, then there is a problem with your septic system. Having a septic dye test performed is a typical requirement from a lending company if the property uses a septic tank.

It takes about an hour to get the water and testing dye into the septic system. The inspector will return the following day to check for any indications of tracing dye reaching the surface.

Anyone can have their drinking water tested at anytime. However, it is highly recommended that homes relying on well water have it tested yearly. Wells can easily become contaminated at anytime.

New Home Buyers should have their well water tested for the presence of total coliform, e.coli, iron, lead, nitrates, nitrites, pH and total dissolved solids. These water tests are required for buyers using a FHA and VA Mortgages.

At a bare minimum those homes that have well water should be tested for total coliform bacteria yearly. Both the EPA and DEP recommend having your well water tested annually for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels.

This test is done to make sure the well pump and the well itself are capable of meeting the water supply and demand required for the household size.