A Home Inspection is done prior to the purchase of a new home, the completion of a newly built home, or a multiple-unit housing building. You can also have a Home Inspection done annually to ensure the major systems in your home are functioning properly.
If you’ve never gone through the process of a Home Inspection, here is what you can expect. A Home Inspection is a visual inspection of a home’s interior & exterior, as well as it structure & all major systems. When conducting a Home Inspection systems that are addressed include the heating, electrical, and plumbing as well as inspection of the roof, attic, walls, floors, windows, ceilings, basement/foundation, and other structural components of the home. Additionally, chimney and moisture inspections will also be completed at this time. A standard on every structural inspection is the use state of the art thermal imaging technology to ensure we are seeing a complete picture of your home’s structure.
As a home buyer, having a Home Inspection completed will allow you to find any problems that could be costly to repair or harmful to your health and the health of your loved ones. Overall, in the process of buying a home, your inspection is one of the smallest things you can do to save you money in the long run or find comfort in purchasing the right home.
Additional services that can be added to your Home Inspection include Radon Testing, Water Testing, Wood Destroying Insect Testing, Septic Inspection, & Mold Inspection.
Multi-Unit Home Inspection
A Multi-Unit Home Inspection is completed just as a standard Home Inspection, but on
all units within the home.
A Multi-Unit Housing Inspection is a visual inspection of a home/complex’s interior & exterior, as well as it structure & all major systems. When conducting a Multi-Unit Housing Inspection systems that are addressed include the heating, electrical, and plumbing as well as inspection of the roof, attic, walls, floors, windows, ceilings, basement/foundation, and other structural components of the home. Additionally, chimney and moisture inspections will also be completed at this time. A standard on every structural inspection is the use state of the art thermal imaging technology to ensure we are seeing a complete picture of your home’s structure.
As a home buyer or landlord having a Multi-Unit Housing Inspection completed will allow you to find any problems that could be costly to repair or harmful to your health or the health of your tenants. Overall, in the process of buying a multi-unit home, your inspection is one of the smallest things you can do to save you money in the long run or find comfort in purchasing the right home for your family and/or future tenants.
Additional services that can be added to your Multi-Unit Housing Inspection include Radon Testing, Water Testing, Wood Destroying Insect Testing, Septic Inspection, & Mold Inspection.
New Construction Inspection
A New Construction Inspection consists of three inspections that will need to take place which are a pre-drywall inspection, a final inspection, and a one-year warranty inspection. Please keep in mind that this series of inspections is only for new construction, if your home is already built all you’ll need is a general Home Inspection.
As you are building your dream home having a Home Inspection completed will allow you to find any problems that could be costly to repair or harmful to your health. Overall, in the process of building your home, your inspection is one of the smallest things you can do to save you money in the long run or find comfort that things are being done right while building.
Annual Home Maintenance Inspections
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Thermal Imaging is a service that we offer with all Home Inspections, this allows us to look inside the structure and see if there is anything going on inside the walls of the home. Thermal or infrared imaging allows us to help home buyers & homeowners learn a lot about their homes that would otherwise be impossible to find. It also helps us to easily find damage that may go unnoticed until there is a larger problem at hand.
Although Thermal Imaging is something that we offer during all of our Home Inspections, we also offer it as a stand-alone service. If you want to check on the things you can’t see within your home, you can have thermal imaging done at any time.
Radon Testing helps to protect you and your family from a key cause of lung cancer that can be silently dwelling in your home. Getting your home tested for Radon can help you prevent critical damage to your health or the health of your loved ones. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) exposure to radon accounts for almost 21,000 deaths from lung cancer annually, making preventative measures a must!
Radon Testing can be added to your Home Inspection and is recommended to be completed once every two years on homes that have been mitigated. Homes where mitigation is not necessary should have their homes tested every 5 years. It is also important to have your home tested after any new/major renovations or additions to your home.
Water Testing for wells can be done one of two ways, with the use of a kit or by sending collected samples to a lab for testing. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and most state government entities recommend using a certified laboratory with qualified equipment capable of testing a wide range of contaminants at a high accuracy rate.
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) private well owners are responsible for testing their water to ensure that it is safe for drinking/consumption. If you are a private well owner it is recommended to have your water tested annually (once per year) for any mechanical problems, cleanliness, coliform, bacteria, nitrates, and any other contaminants of concern.
Water Testing can be done as part of your Home Inspection or as a stand-alone service at any time.
Wood Destroying Insect Testing
Wood Destroying Insect Testing is a very common test that we conduct where an examination of the property takes place to determine if there are any visible signs of wood destroying insects. Four of the most common types of wood-destroying insects in our service area are termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and wood-boring beetles. Many lenders require WDI Testing during which a pest control technician will also look for any signs of previous treatment on the property and if the treatment is currently ongoing.
This is an additional service that you can add to your Home Inspection, Annual Home Maintenance Inspection, or as a stand-alone service if you have reason to believe wood destroying insects may be affecting your home.
Septic Testing is done by using a dye test to inspect your sewage system. If you suspect that you are having issues with your septic system or require testing for permits or residential requirements you can schedule a Septic Test at any time. Additionally, if you are buying or selling a home a Septic Inspection is required.
A dye test is completed by adding a small amount of fluorescent (Fluorescein) dye is flushed through the toilet or put into the septic tank or distribution box. Over the course of the next few days the ditch, catch basis, or surface of the ground will be monitored and inspected for evidence of dye.
Septic Testing can be added to your Home Inspection, Multi-Unit Inspection, or Annual Home Maintenance Inspection. It can also be performed as a stand-alone service as recommended every 3 years, if required, or if you are experiencing septic issues and/or suspect damage.
Moisture Intrusion Inspection
A Moisture or Water Intrusion Inspection is completed to identify the presence of any leaks or areas where moisture is entering the home. This inspection also helps to identify the source and severity of the leak affecting your home. Moisture and leaks within your home can not only affect the structure and contents of your home but also your health & your family’s health due to potential mold growth.
A Moisture Intrusion Inspection is included in your Home Inspection or performed as a stand-alone service if you are experiencing or suspect moisture issues in your home. It is also recommended to complete a Mold Inspection on your home if you suspect any water damage or moisture intrusion.
A Mold Inspection is completed to find and identify mold growth in a home or structure. If you suspect growth, have had moisture issues, or have experienced water damage a Mold Inspection should be completed. Mold can not only cost you thousands of dollars in repairs, but it can also be detrimental to your health and the health of your family, including many respiratory problems.
When it comes to Mold Inspections when you see any signs of water damage, it’s probably time to get a Mold Inspection. Common sources of mold to look for include leaks, wood rot, and water stains. However, your nose can also be a great mold tester, if you suspect a smell of must and mold, you should order a Mold Inspection,
It is highly recommended to have a Mold Inspection completed at the time of your Home Inspection, Multi-Unit Housing Inspection, and even during your Annual Home Maintenance Inspection. Mold growth can happen quickly and it is important to try and catch it as early as you can. This service is also available at any time if you suspect mold growth in your home and should be done in conjunction with a Moisture Intrusion Inspection.