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Home Inspections
  • Lots and Grounds, Driveways, Walkways, Decks, Railings, Porches
  • Grading, Drainage, Vegetation, Fencing
  • Exterior Surfaces, Siding, Trim, Windows, Doors
  • Roofs, Flashing, Trim, Chimney, Skylights, Vents, Gutters, Downspouts
  • Basement, Foundations, Crawlspaces, Slabs, Columns, Beams
  • Electrical System, Service Drop, Meter Box, Grounding, Breaker Panel
  • Heating System, Cooling System, Water Heating System
  • Plumbing Systems, Bathroom, Fixtures, Faucets, Visible Pipes, Drains
  • Attics, Framing, Sheathing, Ventilation, Insulation, Moisture
  • Garage, Carports, Door Safety Devices
  • Fireplace, Damper, Hearth, Smoke Chamber
  • Kitchen, Appliances
  • Interiors, Floors, Walls, Ceilings, Stairs, Bedrooms
  • Professional Written Reports with Detailed Pictures
Pre-Listing Inspection

Eventually your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways:

  • The seller can choose a certified InterNACHI inspector rather than be at the mercy of the buyer’s choice of inspector.
  • The seller can schedule the inspections at the seller’s convenience.
  • It might alert the seller of any items of immediate personal concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
  • The seller can assist the inspector during the inspection, something normally not done during a buyer’s inspection.
  • The seller can have the inspector correct any misstatements in the inspection report before it is generated.
  • The report can help the seller realistically price the home if problems exist.
  • The report can help the seller substantiate a higher asking price if problems don’t exist or have been corrected.
  • A seller inspection reveals problems ahead of time which:
  1. might make the home show better.
  2. gives the seller time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors.
  3. permits the seller to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.
  4. removes over-inflated buyer procured estimates from the negotiation table.
  • The report might alert the seller to any immediate safety issues found, before agents and visitors tour the home.
  • The report provides a third-party, unbiased opinion to offer to potential buyers.
  • A seller inspection permits a clean home inspection report to be used as a marketing tool.
  • A seller inspection is the ultimate gesture in forthrightness on the part of the seller.
  • The report might relieve a prospective buyer’s unfounded suspicions, before they walk away.
  • A seller inspection lightens negotiations and 11th-hour renegotiations.
  • The report might encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
  • The deal is less likely to fall apart the way they often do when a buyer’s inspection unexpectedly reveals a problem, last minute.
  • The report provides full-disclosure protection from future legal claims
  • Copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyer

Mold Assessor Inspections
  • Mold is a part of our natural environment, but it’s not a part you want growing in your home! Molds have the potential to cause health problems, produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, toxic substances. We recommend further evaluation if mold like substance is discovered during the home inspection.
  • The mold inspection involves checking for water leakage and for visible mold. The reason for the emphasis on water leakage is that it is the precursor to mold growth. If you have leakage, you will develop mold. The inspection involves checking for leaks from both external sources, from the roof down to the foundation, and internal sources, the plumbing and the HVAC system. If something appears to be mold like substance or if water leakage is discovered, then these areas can be investigated further and more tests can be run using Surface Samples and Air Samples. All sampling is sent to a qualified lab and results are reported and given to the client for review.

 

Termite Inspection
  • A termite inspection is a visual inspection of the accessible areas of a home for evidence of wood-destroying insects (WDI) and wood-destroying organisms (WDO). The inspector will inspect the entire interior of a home, including accessing and entering any sub-space such as basements and exterior of the property.  In areas where Dry wood termites are prevalent, and in houses where there are no sub-areas, the attic may also be accessed and inspected. After the inspection has been performed, the findings are reported on the applicable/appropriate form.
Water Testing

On-site Well Water should be tested to ensure that the water is both safe to drink and that it meets the applicable standards of the Department of Environmental Protection. There are two basic water tests:

  • Bacteriological Water Test:
    The bacteriological water test is used to determine if the water is safe to drink by testing for the presence of coliform bacteria.
  • Chemical Water Test:
    The standard chemical water analysis is used to determine the levels of the following: PH, Total Iron, Hardness, Lead, Nitrate, Nitrite, Total Solids, Alkalinity, Corrosiveness.
Pool Inspection

Pool inspections are visual, non-destructive evaluations of the pool and its associated systems and components.The inspection is geared towards evaluating the current condition of all accessible pool components, the safety and functionality of the pool, its systems and surroundings.  Pumps, filters, heaters, timers are identified and tested. Most importantly, the safety features are identified and evaluated.  Upon completion, a detailed report will summarize our findings. The report will provide an assessment of the following areas where applicable:

  • Pool body – This includes the pool and deck surface condition, cracks, discoloration, and pitting, and the coping surrounding the pool open joints, cracking. Drains are inspected for the presence of anti-vortex covers for safety reasons.
  • Pool Enclosure –  This includes fencing, gates, screen enclosure, proximity to electrical wires, location of electrical outlets and placement to the home.
  • Electrical – This includes inspection of pool/spa lights, the presence of GFCI devices, junction box condition and location, pumps, filters, piping, timers, disconnects, heaters, controls, accessories, skimmers, and the appropriate electrical bonding is in place.
  • Pumps/Heaters/Filters/blowers –  This includes operation of the pump, inspection for leakage, proper skimming and filtration, heater activation, filter pressure and the operation of the spa blower.
  • Please Note:  The pool must be opened and operating at the time of the inspection.  Therefore, pool inspections are generally limited to the late spring /summer/early fall months.
Thermal Imaging
image004An infrared camera is a tools used for home inspections. It captures the light that exists just outside the visible spectrum. The thermal images it produces allow me to quickly and accurately identify defects that may not always be apparent to the naked eye. Thermal images show surface-heat variations. Abnormally hot electrical components and connections can be viewed during an electrical inspection. Areas of moisture that may lead to leaks, Mold and structural damage can be located based on apparent temperature differences. Heat loss and air leakage in the building envelope, and even areas of insufficient insulation, can be pinpointed quickly and accurately. A thermal imaging inspection is one of the most important types of inspections.
Warranty Inspection

Home builders often initiate a “warranty” on a house for a period of one year or longer which is designed to cover the costs to repair systems and structural-related problems during the warranty period. A warranty inspection should be performed prior to the expiration of the home warranty contract so that you can address repairable issues with the builder while the warranty is in-force. Otherwise, you may be fully liable for the repair costs on your own should you allow the warranty to expire prior to discovering defects. Warranty inspections allow you to take full-advantage of the warranty’s benefits which can save you from paying out-of-pocket for repairs that may otherwise have been the fault of the builder or OEM manufacturer.
image005You’ve heard it before: “It broke just as soon as the warranty expired!” If anything, a Warranty Inspection holds builders, installers, suppliers, and manufacturers liable for their work and products. The few hundred dollars you pay for a warranty inspection could very-well save you from having to hand-over thousands (or tens-of-thousands) of dollars for future repairs and new systems that were damage before the warranty expiration.

New-Construction Inspection

image006A new-construction inspection is much like a warranty inspection except for the fact that the building and its systems are, in fact, new. Whereas a warranty inspection can apply to re-sale homes that offer a warranty, new-construction inspections are specifically designed for homes that have never been lived-in. Though new homes do not have the wear-and-tear on them that re-sale home may, various contractors associated with the construction may have made mistakes whether by accident or intentionally (such as taking “shortcuts” to finish the job faster or under-budget). A new-construction inspection provides you with an unbiased review by the inspector who acts as an objective and knowledgeable observer on your behalf to identify construction-related, code-related, and installation-related issues with home systems and structures.
Many of the components from a home’s system’s and structure may be newly assembled, but they may also have been sitting in a lumber yard or warehouse for months. Also, even the best contractors make mistakes that could compromise the integrity of the job they do. It just makes sense to be sure.

Insurance Inspections
In order to provide financing and/or discounts, many lenders and insurers require property owners to obtain certain types of inspections. I offer provide a 4-Point Inspections to determine the age and condition of the roof covering, HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems
Home Maintenance Inspection
  • image007Also called a “Home Health Check-up”, maintenance inspections are performed usually once per year simply to ensure the integrity of a home’s systems and structure. Because all things have a “planned obsolescence” period, maintenance inspections help to make the homeowner aware of immediate and upcoming needs for replacement and repair that could save thousands-of-dollars if discovered early-on.
  • Just as doctors recommend that people get check-ups every few years, your home also require periodic check-ups. Things wear out ~ you can’t avoid it. Structures will fail, and systems will break. It’s a fact of life. The “trick” to saving tons of money is to catch the problems before they occur.
Sprinkler System Inspections
  • Operate all zones or stations on the system manually;
  • Inspect and report deficiencies in water flow or pressure at the circuit heads;
  • Inspect and report the repair of surface water leaks, the absence or improper installation of anti-siphon valves and backflow preventers or the absence of shut-off valves;
  • Inspect and report the condition and mounting of the control box and visible wiring; and
  • Inspect and report the operation of each zone and associated valves, spray head patterns and areas of non-coverage within the zone.
  • Specific limitations for lawn and garden sprinkler system. The inspector is not required to inspect the automatic function of the timer or control box, the rain sensor or the effectiveness and sizing of anti-siphon valves or backflow preventers.

 

Pre and Post Summer Rental Property Inspections

Avoid questionable operating systems and building conditions claims on Rental Properties. A pre and post Inspection will clearly determine if there is any unreasonable difference.

Aging-in-Place Inspections

Aging in place” is the phenomenon describing senior citizens’ ability to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. Inspections may recommend corrections and adaptations to the home to improve maneuverability, accessibility, and safety for elderly occupants.

Other Services
  • Residential & Commercial
  • Pre Closing Inspection
  • Short Sale Inspection
  • Foreclosure Inspections
  • Construction Management
  • Property Management
  • Preventive Maintenance Inspection
  • Mobile Home Inspections
  • House Watching
  • Insurance & Bank Inspections
  • 4 Point Inspections
  • Draw Inspections