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What's Inspected During A Home Inspection

All Full Home Inspections include:

Infra-Red or Thermographic scan of home

Roof, vents, flashings, and trim;  

Gutters and downspouts; 

Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations; 

Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings; 

Eaves, soffit and fascia; 

Grading and drainage; 

Basement, foundation and crawl space

Water penetration and foundation movement; 

Heating systems; 

Cooling systems; 

Main water shut-off valves; 

Water heating system; 

Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets; 

Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats; 

Electrical service line and meter box; 

Main disconnect and service amperage; 

Electrical panels, breakers and fuses; 

Grounding and bonding; 

GFCIs and AFCIs

Fireplace damper door and hearth; 

Insulation and ventilation; 

Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers; 

and much more.

Home Inspections (Prepurchase or Buyer's Home Inspection) 

A buyer's home inspection provides a well defined picture of the property and allows you to make a more informed buying decision. Purchasing a home is usually the largest single financial investment a person ever makes. As with any investment you need to learn as much as possible about your potential investment before purchasing. An inspection present you with the facts both good and bad and will identify safety hazards, areas that need immediate repair, areas that need to be monitored, and suggest provide preventive maintenance information to protect your purchase and make you a more informed consumer. 

Seller's Pre-Listing Home Inspection or Pre-Sale Inspections (Move-In-Certified) 

A Pre-Listing home inspection is an inspection performed for a Seller usually prior to putting a home on the market. It gives the seller the opportunity to identify problem areas in advance, compare repair bids, make repairs and choose a contractor without the pressure normally associated with closing. Studies also show that homes in good condition sell faster and for a higher percentage of their original listing prices. 

Sellers can also use the report as source for full disclosure. By stating the known defects along with contractor quotes for optional items, you can adjust the selling price to reflect the actual repair costs and limit further price negotiations. 

As a seller you have taken an active role to ensure that you are negotiating from a position of knowledge. Buyers also benefit from knowing an unbiased third party has inspected the home. They can make an offer from an informed vantage point, feeling confident the home is represented honestly. 

End of Warranty/11-Month Home Inspection 

Many buyers are provided one year warranties from the seller or builder. We highly recommend you schedule a home inspection prior to the expiration of the warranty to identify defects in your home. The report will provide you a detailed written listing of defects that can be repaired using the home warranty saving you hundreds or thousands of dollars in repair costs. 

New Construction or Phased Home Inspection 

Home inspectors monitor new home construction and perform a series of inspections as the various phases of the building process are completed. Typically a complete inspection is performed once the home is finished. Often updates are provided to the client after each phase and a full written report is delivered after the final inspection. The phase inspections allow problems to be identified early and be corrected before they are covered by the next building phase or finishing materials. 

Home Checkup Inspection or Annual Maintenance Inspections  

We all get regular medical checkups, have our car inspected and repaired or even have our eyes and teeth checked regularly. Now many home owners get a routine home inspection every year as well. However some still wait until they retire and sell their house after 25 years only to discover they have a house that has many hidden issues. I recommend you schedule a home inspection every 1-5 years depending on the age and type of home you own to identify defects or maintenance issues that may lead to future damage. Just like with your car you can change the oil regularly or you can replace the engine when it fails for $$$$$. 

Radon

What is Radon? Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless gas that comes from deposits of uranium in soil, rock, and water. It is harmlessly dispersed in outdoor air, but can threaten human health when it accumulates in buildings. Radon is a radioactive decay product of radium, which in turn is a decay product of uranium. Uranium and radium are naturally occurring common elements in soil. Radon inspections are performed by placing the proper testing media in the correct locations to monitor the home. The media is sent to a national certified lab and results are provided

Mold & Air Quality Testing 

Molds are fungi. Molds grow throughout the natural and built environment. Tiny particles of mold are present in indoor and outdoor air. In nature, molds help break down dead materials and can be found growing on soil, foods, plant matter, and other items. Molds produce microscopic cells called "spores" which are very tiny and spread easily through the air. Live spores act like seeds, forming new mold growths (colonies) when they find the right conditions. Mold and Air Quality testing like Radon testing takes time and requires specific media to collect samples. All samples are sent to a nationally certified lab and the results are provided along with mitigation suggestions and assistance.

 
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