We Love To Respond To Your Inspection Concerns And Questions. Call Us At (801) 836-2203.

10 Frequently Asked Questions

1. What Is A Surety Inspection?

A Surety Inspection consists of a certified and experienced inspector conducting a visual, non-invasive physical examination of the systems, structures, and components of a home or building with the intent to identify material defects that exist at the time of inspection. An average inspection takes approximately 3 hours to complete. The purchase of a home or commercial building is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect --- both indoors and out -- in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. For example, a fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Stains on the ceiling may indicate a chronic roof leakage problem or may be simply the result of a single incident. A Surety Inspector interprets these and other clues and then presents a professional opinion as to the condition of the property, so you can avoid unpleasant surprises. Of course, a Surety Inspector will also point out the positive aspects of a building, as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property.

2. When Does A Buyer Request An Inspection?

The best time to schedule an inspection is right after your offer has been accepted. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to inspect the building. Ask your professional real estate agent to include this inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.

3. What Does An Inspection Include?

A Surety Inspection includes a visual examination of the building from top to bottom and an infrared scan of the plumbing system to detect leaks. Only those items that are visible and accessible by normal means are included in the report. The inspector evaluates and reports the condition of the following items:

  • Grounds - Driveway, Sidewalks, Retaining Walls, Patios, and Decks
  • Exterior - Walls, Stairs, Trim, Hose Faucets, Gutters, and Downspouts
  • Chimneys
  • Foundation
  • Roof
  • Attic
  • Plumbing
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Electrical
  • Interior - Doors, Windows, Walls, Ceilings, Floors, Fireplaces, and Laundry
  • Garage
  • Kitchen and Appliances
  • Bathrooms
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation
  • And More

We do not perform any of the work we recommend and are not affiliated with any contractor. This assures you that our recommendations are objective and unbiased.

Additional Tests & Services:
  • Thermal Infrared Imaging - Evaluates heating and AC duct systems, electrical panels, water damage, energy efficiency, and more.
  • Radon Test - We recommend this test. Radon is a significant health risk in Utah.
  • Asbestos Test
  • Lead Paint Test
  • Meth Residue Test
  • Mold Test
4. What Will The Inspection Cost?

Surety Inspections cost less than other companies because there are no added corporate or franchise fees. We pass the savings on to you. Our Full Service Inspection starts at $200, and our Thermal Infrared Full Service Inspection starts at $240. The price quote we give you will be based on the square footage of the home or building. We do not add extra fees based on the age of the building, a detached garage, or a second kitchen. You may save many times the cost of the inspection if you are able to have the seller perform repairs or reduce the price of the property based on significant problems revealed by the inspector.

5. Why Choose Surety Inspection Services?

In addition to saving you money with no hidden fees, Surety Inspection Services offers you a certified and experienced inspector who is committed to current technology and ongoing training. We love what we do. We are dedicated to giving you top quality personal service!

6. Do I Attend The Inspection?

It is not necessary for you to be present, but we encourage you to participate in a walk-through at the conclusion of the inspection. At this time, the Surety Inspector will review the report in detail with you and discuss any items which need immediate or future maintenance or repair, as well as discuss any items which present safety issues. The inspector will also review with you the operation and location of all utilities, water heaters, and furnaces, and will answer any concerns or questions.

7. When Will I Receive The Inspection Report?

You will receive a report within one business day following the inspection. The report generally consists of 15 detailed pages of our findings in an easy-to-understand format. It will include photos and an Executive Summary which lists all of the issues in one place. We have combined the best of checklists and narrative style formats to provide you with a clear understanding of the condition of the property.

8. What If The Inspection Report Reveals Problems?

If the Surety Inspector finds problems in a building, you may still consider the purchase but you will know in advance what type of repairs to anticipate. A seller may be willing to make repairs or reduce the price of the property.

9. Should A Seller Request An Inspection?

Surety Inspection Services can discover unknown conditions allowing a seller the opportunity to perform repairs before placing the property on the market. An inspection may facilitate a smoother transition by putting potential buyers at ease, reducing negotiating points, and bypassing annoying delays. A professional “listing inspection” is just good business!

10. Do You Have Recent Client Reviews?

4/27/16 Review by Samuel D. in Spanish Fork, UT; Comments: Great value for the money. Used latest tech and everything.

5/19/16 Review by a Homeowner in Herriman, UT; Comments: Very good priced and great customer service.

6/19/16 Review by a Homeowner in Midvale, UT; Comments: Karl was very thorough and took the time to go over every detail with me.

7/5/16 Review by David K. in Farmington, UT; Comments: I would highly recommend Surety! Just bought in Daybreak and Surety made me feel 100% confident in my new home.

9/5/16 Review by J.B. in Ogden, UT; Comments: Karl was thorough and objective. He was easy to schedule and prompt.

9/8/16 Review by Colin B. in Provo, UT; Comments: Karl was thorough, responsible, and knowledgeable, and found things that a hasty check would not have found.

10/5/16 Review by a Homeowner in Orem, UT; Comments: Satisfied. Karl was easy to work with.

12/1/16 Review by a Homeowner in Nephi, UT; Comments: Karl is experienced and professional. He was also very kind and patient. He took the time to answer all my questions.

12/18/16 Review by Dina J. in Salt Lake City, UT; Comments: Karl was very thorough and answered all questions. He took his time and was methodical in his inspection.

2/15/2017 Review by Kathleen in Salt Lake City, UT; Comments: You probably saved my life and the life of my boys. You did an inspection on a house in Sugarhouse after we made an offer on it in October 2015. Your inspection report showed some wiring problems in the house and also really bad wiring and absence of wiring in the basement, among other things. The owners weren't responsive to fixing anything or giving a discount on the house, so we rescinded our offer. On Monday morning that house caught fire and suffered extensive damage. Two people were hurt; one with 2nd degree burns in serious condition. You also did the inspection on the Taylorsville house we bought last June. Love it. Keep up the good work. (http://www.sltrib.com/home/4937427-155/two-injured-in-salt-lake-city)