impartial, professional approach for all parties
Frequently asked questions:
Why should I have a NEW home
inspected when it is already being inspected by the city/county?
Some of the biggest structural problems we have ever encountered
have been with new homes. Although city/county inspectors
are intelligent and capable inspectors, they tend to be
overworked. They spend minutes on a house while we spend
hours. We also tend to access places where they often do
not, including the roof and crawlspace. In general, our
inspections are typically more detailed and more thorough than
ones provided by the city/county.
What sets your company apart from your competitors?
With approximately 6000 inspections performed over the last 14
years, we are one of the most experienced in the Columbia area.
This allows us to become very knowledgeable about most of the
new homebuilders in our area and where they typically make their
mistakes. This is invaluable when inspecting new homes and
allows us to find structural problems that other inspectors may
In addition, our experience has taught us that certain types of
structural problems tend to be concentrated in particular
neighborhoods, in particular areas of town, by particular
builders, and in particular time periods in which the homes were
built. This knowledge allows us to focus our time and
resources in areas of the house where problems are most likely
Having a Type A, OCD personality may not be the most desirable
personality characteristic, but is great when describing your
home inspector. We physically get on every roof (where
possible), access every nook, closet, and attic space of your
house, as well as every part of the crawlspace. Nearly all
inspectors in Columbia look at your shingles from the ground,
with binoculars. We feel that we are much more able to
determine the condition of shingles, flashing, chimneys, vent
stacks, etc. by getting on the roof rather than looking at them
from the ground. We also access more parts of the
crawlspace than our competitors. Home inspectors are not
obligated to access any part of the crawlspace where clearance
is less than 18”. Our personal guidelines are that as long
as our body will fit through an opening without causing any
damage to plumbing, ductwork, etc., then we will access the
When should we have our home inspected?
When buying an existing house, you typically are given 10
working days per contract to have a home inspected with results
back to the Seller. You should call us immediately after
the contract to purchase is signed by all parties. Our
schedule is commonly booked a week or more in advance,
especially during the spring and summer months.
When buying a new house, the inspection is typically performed
approximately 5 working days prior to closing. This
ensures that plumbing and electricity will be functional at the
time of inspection.
How will I know that deficient items specified in
your report get fixed (and properly) if we negotiate that the
Seller be responsible for the repairs.
We suggest that all repairs be performed by licensed
professionals in their respective trades. Electrical
repairs should be performed by licensed electricians.
Plumbing repairs should be performed by licensed plumbers.
Roofing repairs by licensed roofers. And so on. If,
however, you are not confident that the repairs were done
properly then we will be glad to Re-inspect the property for a
What geographical areas will you service?
Areas included, but not limited to, Columbia, Lexington,
Blythewood, Elgin, Pontiac, Gilbert, Forest Acres, West
Columbia, Cayce, Irmo, Chapin, St. Andrews, Ballentine, Harbison,
South Congaree, and anywhere in between.
How long does it take to get the Inspection Report?
All of our reports are available, via email, in the evening in
which the inspection was performed.
What parts of the home and property are NOT inspected on a
typical Boysia Home Inspection?
We inspect nearly all parts of the home. We do, however,
exclude items that are on a typical CL-100 letter as well as an
HVAC letter. We also do not operate or test security,
central stereo, or intercom systems or operate any part of the
house that has been “shut down” such as gas logs (where a pilot
is not lit). We also do not inspect items that are not
contained within the house such as sprinkler systems, septic
tanks, yard light systems, wells, underground storage tanks,
swimming pools, etc. A full list of items that we will,
and will not, inspect can be provided upon request.