COVID-19 - UPDATE
Pillar To Post – Taking care of your home inspection – Protecting your health
Pillar To Post is always committed to the health and well-being of our clients and homeowners, as well as our inspectors. This is especially true during this time of Covid-19. We remain highly focused on providing the highest quality home inspection while adhering to the strict safety and cleanliness guidelines provided by the CDC and local governments. While our processes may have changed, our commitment to Ensuring Confident Homeownership has not. Our job is not complete until you no longer have questions concerning the home you have asked Pillar To Post to inspect.
Since August 2013, The Scott Frederick Team at Pillar To Post has been a part of your community, providing high quality, thorough, and honest home inspections. Our team of ASHI Certified Home Inspectors and Specialized Additional Services Technicians work with local realtors to provide home buyers in St. Louis and surrounding areas with a personalized inspection process, which includes convenient scheduling times, three inspection packages to choose from to fit your budget, and additional services for that extra piece of mind.
For Our Clients
The Scott Frederick Team will inspect every inch of the home, usually taking 2-4 hours depending on the square footage and age of the home. We highly encourage you to attend the home inspection to learn about your new home, if possible. Don’t worry about taking notes – we will provide you with a detailed report, including pictures. We welcome all questions, even weeks after the inspection has been completed. We are here to help you!
For Our Real Estate Professionals
A relationship with The Scott Frederick Team reinforces the confidence your clients have in the process of buying or selling their home. We offer convenient scheduling, making us a one stop shop for all of your home inspection needs. We are here to make your life easy.
Additional Services We Provide
- Radon Testing
- Termite Inspection
- Sewer Scope
- Gas/Mechanical Inspection
- Drone Inspection
- Environmental Testing
- Septic/Well Inspection
- Pool Inspection
- Fireplace/Chimney Inspection
Home Inspector FAQ
What is a “Home Inspection?”
A home inspection is a comprehensive, real time analysis of the current conditions of a home.
How long does it take to do a home inspection?
The average home inspection takes approximately 3 hours. This does vary relating to the size and age of the home.
Why do I need a home inspection?
You need a home inspection to identify hidden defects, potential hazards, and general maintenance requirements.
Can I do it myself?
It is not recommended to perform a home inspection for yourself, an ASHI certified home inspector has a trained eye, which will identify hidden defects, potential hazards, and general maintenance requirements.
When do I call in the home inspector?
You generally call to schedule inspections following the acceptance of your contract.
Can a house fail inspection?
This is not a pass or fail evaluation; most defects can be remediated with proper negotiations.
What if the report reveals problems?
If the report reveals problems, we would recommend further evaluation by a licensed contractor for repairs. A realtor then would negotiate with the seller to reach a resolution.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
A clean inspection report is a good inspection. The inspection process is designed to educate the client on proper maintenance and characteristics of the home being purchased.
Do I have to attend the inspection?
It is always recommended that the buyer attend the inspection. This will enable you to clearly understand what is in the written report, and to answer any questions as we go through the house together. We do understand that there are times that clients cannot attend, but we do make sure our inspector is available to go over the report with the client.
Do new homes need an inspection?
Absolutely! New homes should be inspected. There are often defects identified due to incomplete installation. A third party review of a new home is invaluable to the buyer and highly recommended.
How do I pay for my inspection?
You can pay for your inspection with cash, check, or all major credit cards.
What if I have questions after the inspection takes place?
The inspector is always accessible through phone or email for any questions you may have regarding the inspection.
What if I need the inspector to come back and inspect repairs that have been made?
As a courtesy to our clients, we provide a complimentary walk through prior to your closing, upon request.
Does a home inspection include an appraisal?
A home inspection does not include an appraisal – that is performed by a licensed appraiser.
Does a home inspection include checking for termites?
A termite inspection is an added service for an addition charge. The inspector will, however, identity any termite related damage to the structure and make recommendations.
Does a home inspection include checking for mold?
During the home inspection if possible mold is identified, we will make recommendation for further testing, which can be performed immediately for an additional charge.
Does a home inspection include checking for radon?
Radon testing is an added service at an addition charge. This is one of the most common added services added to the inspection process. Radon is a very common environmental hazard in this region and testing is recommended.
Does a home inspection include checking for asbestos?
Asbestos is common in older homes, and testing is available for an additional charge. When suspected asbestos is identified in the home it will be identified in the report along with the safety hazards associated with the material.
Does a home inspection include checking the septic system?
Septic systems are an added service for an addition charge. We have preferred vendors who are experts in this field, and will join us at the time of inspection for an independent report.
Do home inspections expire?
Home inspections don’t expire but conditions in the home change daily. An inspection is recommended with every transaction. We even recommend a building inspection following a prior inspection due to the deal falling through.
Why should I choose The Scott Frederick Team at Pillar To Post?
The Scott Frederick Team at Pillar To Post is a team based on extensive, hands on, practical experience. We believe that a good inspector has spent time in the field, learning all aspects of building construction. What makes this team unique is that experience is shared with each and every one of our clients during the inspection process. Practical experience is one of the most important characteristics of a good home inspector.