Frequently Asked Questions

Cost Of Home Inspection

All home inspections start at $535 and houses below 2500sf cost less than $565 for inspection (update July 2022). Pricing is dependent on size and age of home. We are not the cheapest and we are also not the most expensive. Bundle these services below and SAVE 10%:

  • Home Inspection
  • Radon Test
  • 3rd-party Termite Inspection with FHA required Termite Letter
  • Professional Consultation at the end of your inspection
  • Inspection Report delivered in less than 24hrs (Same-day Report Available)
  • 30 – 40-page color report full of pictures with links to additional resources
  • VIP list of trusted local contractors

**Magnolia clients receive a private list of trusted local trade contractors. These are verified trusted contractors having had 10-to-15-year relationships with Benjamin, Magnolia’s owner, when he worked as a residential contractor.

We guarantee you peace of mind! We will provide you with the most thorough home inspection report in the business by the most highly-trained professional home inspectors available in Nashville! If you are not satisfied that a Magnolia Home Inspection did not properly prepare you for home ownership, we will refund your money:

What Do Home Inspectors Look For

The primary job of a Magnolia home inspectors is to protect home buyers by identifying significant defects that directly affect the value of a property you are considering for purchase. If there is a major structural issue, HVAC failure or Safety Hazard, you need to know about this ASAP! Our second purpose is to prepare you for home ownership and equip you for successful negotiations. A Magnolia home inspection report is a thorough technical review of all house components and a educational document informing you about maintenance items to be addressed as a home owner. A summary of the components home inspectors include in the home inspection report:

  • Roof
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Structural
  • Attic and Crawlspace

A more comprehensive breakdown of house components inspected is available at: https://trustmagnolia.com/home-inspections/

Should I attend Home Inspection

It is not required but YES, we do recommend you attend your home inspection! Attending the home inspection eliminates any potential miscommunication, with a ‘hands on’ opportunity to see and discuss critical issues. Meeting you in person also helps us provide better customer service when we know the specifics of your primary concerns. Magnolia Home Inspectors are consummate professionals and will do their best to provide technical answers with practical solutions for critical issues.

We will send you a notification after your inspection is scheduled of the appropriate time to meet us at the home. Please come prepared and read this article: What Questions Should I Ask my Home Inspector?

Qualifications of a Home Inspector

Magnolia inspectors are an elite group of individuals committed to professional excellence and providing Middle Tennessee home buyers with the best home inspection possible. Not only do we limit hiring the top 1% of applicants, after applicants are fully certified by the State of Tennessee board for Licensing Home Inspectors, trainees must complete a minimum 3-month rigorous bootcamp to become a certified Magnolia Home Inspector.

Magnolia is owned by a previous licensed contractor and hires, trains and mentors inspectors with a background in residential construction. For more information read article: Who Should I Hire?

Magnolia Commitment:

Our service philosophy at Magnolia Home Inspections is different. We believe a home inspection should provide home buyers with peace of mind by delivering on 3 key promises:

  • We promise to protect our clients by clearly identifying the most critical defects that affect the value of the home
  • We prepare our clients for successful home ownership by including educational items in the report and non-critical maintenance items that need to be addressed in the next 3-5 years
  • We promise to equip our clients for successful negotiations

For more information, please read: Top 5 Purposes of a Home Inspection 

 

Pass / Fail Inspection

Always be sure that there is an inspection clause in your contract. Even if it is communicated that the inspection is PASS/FAIL, your purchase obligation should be limited; contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated. Nashville is an extremely competitive market and Seller’s Agents are applying pressure to sell homes As Is without contingency. If you have a realtor that is working for your best interests, they are capable of creative options to providing a competitive offer without taking on the serious risk of foregoing the home inspection!

Magnolia Guarantee

We guarantee you peace of mind! We will provide you with the most thorough home inspection report in the business by the most highly-trained professional home inspectors available in Nashville! If you are not satisfied that a Magnolia Home Inspection did not properly prepare you for home ownership, we will refund your money:

When do I Schedule

Nashville is an extremely competitive market! Many agents feel they are under pressure to write an offer waiving the inspection clause or eliminating an escalation clause. You do not have to take these risks!
The best real estate negotiators that refer their clients to Magnolia tell us that a key tactic is to schedule the home inspection at the same time they are writing the offer, stating in the inspection date in the offer. This pro-active move communicates that you are serious about the offer and that you already have professionals on-board to make the purchase transaction go as seamlessly as possible.

Radon Gas Inspection Services

Magnolia tests for Radon with the most advanced digital monitors available.  Our equipment is calibrated annually by a certified laboratory.  Our advanced equipment allows us to provide same day results. Our equipment uses Alpha Spectrometry, world-class app-driven technology with enhanced reporting and analysis capability to deliver the most accurate and consistent radon measurements with a streamlined process.

What Is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that has no smell, taste or color. Radon gas is produced by decaying uranium found in nearly all soil and rock, including the dirt and soil that is in your crawlspace, under your basement slab and surrounding your home’s foundation walls. As a gas, Radon moves slowly through concrete and concrete block walls, more quickly through uncovered soil in crawlspaces, and becomes most harmful when accumulated in these enclosed spaces. Radon can be measured outdoors at average levels around 1.2 pCi/l and as high as 2,000 pCi/l indoors. When indoor levels are measured after Radon testing at 4 pCi/l the Environment Protection Agency recommends action be taken to reduce the volume of radon gas found in home.

Radon gas is unstable, sending radioactive products out into the air as it decays. Those radioactive products can attach themselves to dust in the air turning the dust into carcinogens. When those carcinogens are inhaled, becoming trapped in the sensitive lung tissue, they release radioactive particles that travel only a short distance with high energy, wounding these cells they come in contact with. When enough of these energized particles are released on cells, wounding them over and over again, the DNA chain can be penetrated and broken, altering the DNA makeup of all cells that continue to split from that ‘broken’ or mutated/cancerous cell. The Surgeon General warns that Radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Breathing this radioactive gas over prolonged periods is a significant health risk to families all over the country. Magnolia Property Consultants, LLC provides Radon inspection and Radon Testing services to measure indoor levels of Radon in Nashville homes.

In Davidson County specifically, 39% of homes tested are found to have radon levels requiring mitigation.

For more information please read: Radon gas in Middle Tennessee 

Why is Radon A Hazard?

Radon gas is unstable, sending radioactive products out into the air as it decays. Those radioactive products can attach themselves to dust in the air turning the dust into carcinogens. When those carcinogens are inhaled, becoming trapped in the sensitive lung tissue, they release radioactive particles that travel only a short distance with high energy, wounding these cells they come in contact with. When enough of these energized particles are released on cells, wounding them over and over again, the DNA chain can be penetrated and broken, altering the DNA makeup of all cells that continue to split from that ‘broken’ or mutated/cancerous cell.
The Surgeon General warns that Radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Breathing this radioactive gas over prolonged periods is a significant health risk to families all over the country. Magnolia Property Consultants, LLC provides Radon inspection and Radon Testing services to measure indoor levels of Radon in Nashville homes.

Is Radon Only A Problem In Certain Parts Of The Country?

High radon levels have been found in every state. Radon problems do vary from area to area, but the only way to know for sure if your Nashville home’s Radon level is to schedule a Radon inspection.

Radon Inspection and Radon Testing Tennessee

What Is The Risk Associated With Radon?

Inhalation of Radon gas decay products increases the risk of getting lung cancer. Your chances of getting lung cancer from Radon gas depend on factors such as the home’s radon level, the amount of time you spend in your home and whether you are a smoker or have ever been a smoker. Recent studies estimate that between 15,400 and 21,800 deaths per year are attributable to Radon gas. Radon causes lung cancer in smokers and non-smokers. Read more here on a study by Dr. William Field on radon-related lung cancer in women.

How Do You Test For Radon levels?

Magnolia currently uses the passive method certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for real estate transactions. The Radon tests are left at the property for 48-80 hours and then shipped to the lab for analysis and action recommendation. Magnolia shares those full testing results solely with its clients, these results are usually available within 7 days of placement of the testing equipment. Magnolia is responsible for informing the current Nashville homeowner of the Radon testing procedure, including keeping all windows and outside doors closed, as much as possible, 12 hours prior to and during the test period. Magnolia is responsible for retrieving the tests, sending the test to the lab and informing our clients of the results. We do not share this test results with anyone other than our clients.

Aare There Ways Of Lowering The Radon Levels In The Home?

If your Radon inspection uncovers that you have high Radon gas levels, there are ways to reduce those levels below 4pCi/l. It is better to correct the presence of high levels of Radon gas before placing your home on the market. Radon mitigation professionals specialize in the performance of systems that reduce Radon gas levels, customized to your specific home needs. Magnolia Property Consultants, LLC does not install the mitigation systems.

How Important Are Post-Mitigation Tests?

Very important! It is the only way to know if your system is working effectively. The Radon professional will leave instructions on how to prepare for and conduct this post-mitigation test.

For More Information Visit:

A Citizens Guide to Radon EPA
Healthy Tennessee

Dusty Air Duct- Nashville, Tennessee home inspectionsSewer Scope Inspection

The sewer line is a primary component of a healthy functioning home.  Significant issues in the sewer line result in inconvenient and very expensive repairs.  The only way to truly know the condition of the sewer line is to perform a sewer scope. Homeowners are responsible for any problems in the sewer line that are on their property before it connects to a main municipality line.

“Significant repairs required as the result of a sewer scope video will start at a minimum cost of $3,500 and could increase to over $8,000 depending on the depth and length of the line in need of replacement.“

Our sewer scope equipment is portable and powered by battery with LED lighting and HD resolution camera heads. As we push the sewer scope a measurement is taken to determine the location of a blockage so that a professional plumber can provide the best quote for repairs.

If buying new construction, Don’t underestimate the importance of having a sewer scope done as part of your home inspection. In most municipalities,. Repairs can be messy and costly. As a contractor with over 10 years experience, I can tell you I’ve seen countless issues cause a blockage in the sewer line on new construction homes, including:

Hardened tile grout, a small block of wood dropped into the open toilet flange, and even latex paint that was unwisely discarded without the buyer’s knowledge. All these blockages occurred during the construction process and could not be identified for correction until a sewer scope was run through the line. With Nashville and Middle Tennessee experiencing explosive growth in new construction homes over the past 5 years, be sure to take no chances on your investment!

 

For more information please read: The Value of a Sewer Scope 

How much does a home inspection cost?

Our average price for inspection is around $650 (update 8/30/21). Pricing is dependent on size and age of home. We are not the cheapest and we are also not the most expensive. For more information read article: How Much Should I Pay?
Magnolia Home Inspection includes:

  • • Home Inspection
  • •Radon Test
  • • 3rd-party Termite Inspection with FHA required Termite Letter
  • • Professional Consultation at the end of your inspection
  • • Inspection Report delivered in less than 24hrs (Same-day Report Available)
  • • 30 – 40-page color report full of pictures with links to additional resources

**Magnolia clients receive a private list of trusted local trade contractors. These are verified trusted contractors having had 10-to-15-year relationships with Benjamin, Magnolia’s owner, when he worked as a residential contractor.

We guarantee you peace of mind! We will provide you with the most thorough home inspection report in the business by the most highly-trained professional home inspectors available in Nashville! If you are not satisfied that a Magnolia Home Inspection did not properly prepare you for home ownership, we will refund your money:

What Do Home Inspectors Look For?

The primary job of a home inspectors is to protect their clients by identifying significant defects that would alter the value of a property or home. If there is a major structural issue, HVAC failure or Safety Hazard, our clients need to know about this! This report should be thorough with a technical review of all house components. A summary of these components would include:

Roof
Electrical
HVAC
Plumbing
Exterior
Interior
Structural
Attic and Crawlspace


A more comprehensive breakdown of house components inspected is available at https://trustmagnolia.com/home-inspections/

 

Should I attend the inspection?

It is not required but YES, we do recommend you attend your home inspection! Attending the home inspection eliminates any potential miscommunication, with a ‘hands on’ opportunity to see and discuss critical issues. Meeting you in person also helps us provide better customer service when we know the specifics of your primary concerns. All of our inspectors are consummate professionals and will do their best to provide technical answers with practical solutions for critical issues.
We will send you a notification after your inspection is scheduled of the appropriate time to meet us at the home. Please come prepared! Read article: What Questions Should I Ask my Home Inspector?

Why hire a Magnolia inspector?

Magnolia inspectors are an elite group of individuals committed to professional excellence and providing Middle Tennessee home buyers with the best home inspection possible. Not only do we limit hiring the top 1% of applicants, after applicants are fully certified by the State of Tennessee board for Licensing Home Inspectors, trainees must complete a minimum 3-month rigorous bootcamp to become a certified Magnolia Home Inspector.

Magnolia is owned by a previous licensed contractor and hires, trains and mentors inspectors with a background in residential construction. For more information read article: Who Should I Hire?

Magnolia Commitment:

Our service philosophy at Magnolia Home Inspections is different. We believe a home inspection should provide home buyers with peace of mind by delivering on 5 key promises:

  • • We promise to protect our clients by clearly identifying the most critical defects that affect the value of the home
  • • We prepare our clients for successful negotiations
  • • We have a professional duty to maintain licensure and to perform our services in compliances with all requirements as defined by our local governing authority
  • • We protect our clients with attention-to-detail necessary of a legal document that represents our client’s long-term best interests
  • • We prepare home buyers for home ownership!

The Nashville Real Estate Market

Always be sure that there is an inspection clause in your contract. Even if it is communicated that the inspection is PASS/FAIL, your purchase obligation should be limited; contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated. Nashville is an extremely competitive market and Seller’s Agents are applying pressure to sell homes As Is without contingency. If you have a realtor that is working for your best interests, they are capable of creative options to providing a competitive offer without taking on the serious risk of foregoing the home inspection!

When do I schedule a Home Inspection?

Nashville is an extremely competitive market! Many agents feel they are under pressure to write an offer waiving the inspection clause or eliminating an escalation clause. You do not have to take these risks!
The best real estate negotiators that refer their clients to Magnolia tell us that a key tactic is to schedule the home inspection at the same time they are writing the offer, stating in the inspection date in the offer. This pro-active move communicates that you are serious about the offer and that you already have professionals on-board to make the purchase transaction go as seamlessly as possible.

Radon Gas Inspection Services

We test for Radon according to EPA standards required for real estate transactions. The laboratory results of those test are provided to our clients within 72 hours of completion of the radon inspection. These tests are a minimum of 48 hours and do require that “Closed Building Conditions” be maintained in the home for the duration of the radon testing period (and 12 hours prior if only 48 hours of data is to be collected). All radon gas inspections, reports and test results are for the use of our clients only.

What Is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that has no smell, taste or color. Radon gas is produced by decaying uranium found in nearly all soil and rock, including the dirt and soil that is in your crawlspace, under your basement slab and surrounding your home’s foundation walls. As a gas, Radon moves slowly through concrete and concrete block walls, more quickly through uncovered soil in crawlspaces, and becomes most harmful when accumulated in these enclosed spaces. Radon can be measured outdoors at average levels around 1.2 pCi/l and as high as 2,000 pCi/l indoors. When indoor levels are measured after Radon testing at 4 pCi/l the Environment Protection Agency recommends action be taken to reduce the volume of radon gas found in home. Health authorities like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Surgeon General, the American Lung Association, the American Medical Association, and others agree that we know enough now to recommend radon testing in Nashville and to encourage public action when levels are above 4 pCi/L. The intent of this webpage is to inform you of the facts as they are presented by the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, the Surgeon General, the American Lung Association, the American Medical Association and those independent agencies that have performed numerous health studies. If anything, I encourage you to do your research regarding the matter and form your own opinion as to the potential risks of Radon gas presence in your home. The average indoor Radon level for Davidson County, as determined by radon testing results by Air Chek, Inc is 5.5 pCi/l. [source] Radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. “Radon gas causes more deaths than home fires, drowning’s, and airplane crashes combined.” [source]

Why is Radon A Hazard?

Radon gas is unstable, sending radioactive products out into the air as it decays. Those radioactive products can attach themselves to dust in the air turning the dust into carcinogens. When those carcinogens are inhaled, becoming trapped in the sensitive lung tissue, they release radioactive particles that travel only a short distance with high energy, wounding these cells they come in contact with. When enough of these energized particles are released on cells, wounding them over and over again, the DNA chain can be penetrated and broken, altering the DNA makeup of all cells that continue to split from that ‘broken’ or mutated/cancerous cell. The Surgeon General warns that Radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Breathing this radioactive gas over prolonged periods is a significant health risk to families all over the country. Magnolia Property Consultants, LLC provides Radon inspection and Radon Testing services to measure indoor levels of Radon in Nashville homes.

Is Radon Only A Problem In Certain Parts Of The Country?

High radon levels have been found in every state. Radon problems do vary from area to area, but the only way to know for sure if your Nashville home’s Radon level is to schedule a Radon inspection. Radon Inspection and Radon Testing Tennessee

What Is The Risk Associated With Radon?

Inhalation of Radon gas decay products increases the risk of getting lung cancer. Your chances of getting lung cancer from Radon gas depend on factors such as the home’s radon level, the amount of time you spend in your home and whether you are a smoker or have ever been a smoker. Recent studies estimate that between 15,400 and 21,800 deaths per year are attributable to Radon gas. Radon causes lung cancer in smokers and non-smokers. Read more here on a study by Dr. William Field on radon-related lung cancer in women.

How Do You Test For Radon levels?

Magnolia currently uses the passive method certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for real estate transactions. The Radon tests are left at the property for 48-80 hours and then shipped to the lab for analysis and action recommendation. Magnolia shares those full testing results solely with its clients, these results are usually available within 7 days of placement of the testing equipment. Magnolia is responsible for informing the current Nashville homeowner of the Radon testing procedure, including keeping all windows and outside doors closed, as much as possible, 12 hours prior to and during the test period. Magnolia is responsible for retrieving the tests, sending the test to the lab and informing our clients of the results. We do not share this test results with anyone other than our clients.

Aare There Ways Of Lowering The Radon Levels In The Home?

If your Radon inspection uncovers that you have high Radon gas levels, there are ways to reduce those levels below 4pCi/l. It is better to correct the presence of high levels of Radon gas before placing your home on the market. Radon mitigation professionals specialize in the performance of systems that reduce Radon gas levels, customized to your specific home needs. Magnolia Property Consultants, LLC does not install the mitigation systems.

How Important Are Post-Mitigation Tests?

Very important! It is the only way to know if your system is working effectively. The Radon professional will leave instructions on how to prepare for and conduct this post-mitigation test.

For More Information Visit:

A Citizens Guide to Radon EPA Healthy Tennessee

Dusty Air Duct- Nashville, Tennessee home inspectionsSewer Scope Inspection

Are you purchasing a home with a septic system. Are you wary of what might have been flushed down your new plumbing during the construction process? Schedule a Sewer Inspection with us, and have a licensed master plumber run a camera scope down the sewer line to the septic tank to inspect for obstructions or We work with professional Soil Scientists and are able to schedule and perform sewer inspections (with a Septic Letter for FHA requirements) within an average of 10 days. Take care of your FHA inspection requirements with a single phone call!

Schedule a septic tank or sewer inspection Now.

Plumbing and Septic Inspection

  • Location of interior main shutoff valve
  • Visible leaks in piping, traps and valves
  • Drains, waste and vent systems
  • Function, flow, and drainage of fixtures and faucets
  • Water heater and presence of temperature relief valve and venting, combustion air
  • Running all toilets to inspect for loose attachment and malfunctioning tank systems
  • Sump pump, float, drain and automatic shut off function
There's a lot that goes into our high-quality home inspections, and its why more buyers are choosing Magnolia. If you'd like to see more about what goes in to a septic inspection, roof inspection, or other Nashville home inspection service, please download this free sample report.