FAQ


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is your service area?

We conduct building inspections and other services throughout Middle Tennessee, including Nashville, Davidson County and the surrounding counties of:  Sumner, Williamson, Robertson, Rutherford, Wilson and Cheatham.  In addition, we frequently service the cities and surrounding areas including Clarksville, Murfreesboro, Cookeville, Dickson, Jackson, Spring Hill, Columbia, Lebanon, and Chattanooga.  Although additional travel expenses may be incurred, don’t hesitate to call us regarding properties throughout Tennessee and Southwest Kentucky.

What is the difference between a home inspection and a building evaluation?

There is no universally agreed-upon definition of a home inspection. However, an Onsite Engineering Residential Building Evaluation is a Professional Engineer’s opinion of the current condition and future performance of the home’s major systems (including the structure), based on visual evidence. The building evaluation is performed in accordance with Level B of the standards of the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers(NABIE).

How much does a building evaluation cost?

Fees are determined by the size, age, location, complexity of the home, and the service level you request. Generally, once we understand more about the property, we will provide you with our fixed rate in advance.

Are evaluations by engineers more expensive?

Not always, but our fees may be higher in some cases. Many items which other companies either exclude or charge extra for are included in our standard report. Since only Professional Engineers can legally tell you about the structural integrity of a building, you won’t have to hire anyone else for this important service.

Do you inspect newly built homes?

Yes. Any home or building you buy, whether historic or new construction, is a major investment. It is in your best interest to know everything you can about the house before you buy it.

Will I be able to attend the site visit?

We encourage our clients to accompany the engineer during the site visit. It’s the best way to learn about the home. It’s also the perfect time to ask the engineer questions about specific concerns you may have. Our report will then address these specific concerns along with the items we normally cover.

Who gets a copy of the building evaluation report?

Your report is confidential and will only be given to other parties with your written consent.

How quickly can I get my report?

Reports typically are completed within 3 working days of the inspection. Since we do not provide abbreviated reports or simple checklists as many companies do, you will not receive the report at the end of the inspection. Although we may discuss verbally with you what we have observed, we do not feel an on-site check list report is of much value to you. Our written report contains the full benefit of our deliberation on site and after the inspection.

Do you have insurance?

Onsite Engineering maintains comprehensive professional liability insurance with a nationally recognized firm. Professional liability insurance is different than home inspector’s insurance and is only available to Professional Engineers and Professional Architects. Our accountability as Professional Engineers means that we stand behind our work and are legally and ethically accountable to you.