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A home inspection is a visual process where all the items typically used within a home are tested and/or operated to verify proper operation or installation. Doors and windows are opened/closed, roofing materials inspected, and air-conditioning and heating systems are operated. The inspector will fill the sinks and tub(s), run the shower(s), and flush the toilet(s). All the while, the inspector will be making notes on the condition and operation of the components tested. Upon completion, a report will be distributed to you.
New construction inspections are performed during the building process and at the completion of construction, but prior to your final walk through with the builder’s customer service representative or superintendent. It is always a good idea to verify that utilities (gas, water, and electric) have been turned on, either by you or the builder depending on the builder’s policy. The inspection should be scheduled just a day or two before your final walk through with the builder. This will ensure that most, if not all, last minute items have been completed prior to your inspection. At the conclusion of the inspection, a completed report will be distributed to you.
Warranty inspections are performed during the 11th month of your one-year builder warranty. The inspection will be performed to verify that proper building techniques were used and that the various components of the home were properly installed. You will be presented with a completed report at the end of the inspection, along with digital photos taken as needed for inaccessible areas.
Investor property inspections are performed prior to purchase, as well as periodically during ownership. Pre-purchase inspections are performed to identify defects prior to taking ownership to negotiate repairs or price adjustments, which reflect the condition of the property. Periodic inspections for properties currently in your portfolio would ensure the identification of needed repairs following, say, a long term tenant’s departure. Long-term tenants sometimes neglect to mention repairs and/or abuse the property during their tenancy. Identifying those problems early is the key to profitable ownership.
These inspections are very good for the homeowner who may not be in tune with the condition of their home. A great many sales are cancelled due to the buyer’s shock at the “functional condition” of the home. It may look great, but have serious technical, safety, or functional issues present without the owner’s knowledge. Having the home inspected prior to placing on the market is the ideal way to identify and either repair or disclose the issue found in the inspection report. Obviously, repairing the items would be the most beneficial towards completing the sale. However, there may be financial reasons where the owner can’t make the repairs. Disclosing them up front and pricing the home based upon that disclosure will often produce a higher net sales price for the owner.
You can think of an annual home maintenance inspection as a preventative maintenance inspection, or a doctor's checkup, but for your home. A home maintenance inspection is designed to look for routine maintenance or repairs that may have been missed or any seemingly minor problems with the home that could become major financial or safety issues. The objective of the home maintenance inspection is to keep the systems in your home running smoothly and to save you time — and money — in the future.
After your inspection, you'll receive a summary of your home's condition, with recommendations and helpful tips to keep it in great shape. We recommend performing a home maintenance inspection once a year.
Because mold is a severe health hazard, we highly recommend all our clients include a mold inspection as part of any property assessment. With a mold inspection you can be sure that you are doing your part to protect your home and loved ones from the dangers of mold. The process allows us to thoroughly analyze and test for mold both indoors and out.
Water can become contaminated by chemicals generated from industry, agriculture, and well misuse. Most of the possible contaminants are not detectable by sight, taste or smell. While some contaminants may only be a nuisance to laundry or household fixtures, others may be health related such as arsenic, high metals, nitrates and nitrites, and/or radon.
The EPA recommends annual testing and we offer basic and extensive water testing. Water samples are analyzed by an accredited lab and a professional report is sent to the client after analysis.
Here is a list of the different water samples we take. Contact us for current prices.
Radon is an odorless, tasteless, invisible, and radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium. It’s usually found in igneous rock and soil, but in some cases, well water may also be a source of radon. Radon seeps into buildings through cracks and crevices in all types of foundations. Radon entering buildings can build up to high levels, and prolonged exposure to radon is known to cause lung cancer. According to the EPA, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking. Roughly 22,000 U.S. deaths per year are attributed to radon exposure. So, it’s important to test for radon to remediate the problem, if necessary, to protect your family.
Testing is the only way to know a building’s radon levels and levels can vary widely from one building to the next even on the same street.
The purchase of a home 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. A fresh coat of paint might be hiding serious structural concerns. Stains on the ceiling may indicate a chronic roof leakage condition or may simply be the result of a single incident. The inspector interprets these and other clues, then presents a professional opinion as to the condition of the property, so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterward. Of course, an inspection 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 you are about to purchase, and be able to make your decision confidently.
As a seller, if you have owned your building for a period of time, an inspection can identify potential concerns in the sale of your building and can recommend preventive measures which might avoid future expensive repairs.
If your realtor recommended a home inspection, it is because your realtor wants you to be a totally informed purchaser. They can only disclose what has been made known to them. They are looking out for your best interest by suggesting that a qualified home inspector evaluate the property you are about to purchase.
An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a building. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, or mobile home, you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector.
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