Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. A thorough home inspection ensures that you have the information you need to feel confident enough to move forward with the purchase or to negotiate repairs. We inspect for deficiencies, safety hazards and foreseeable issues. From the roof and furnace to plumbing and foundation, we take detailed notes on the condition of the property, giving you the information you need to make the best home-buying decision and to prepare for future maintenance. Everything we discover during an inspection is clearly documented on your inspection report.
When building a new home, your contract will include a final walk through with the builder's own people. An independent inspection of your own is important to ensuring your peace of mind. Some builders can work quickly and to bare minimum code and typically subcontract much of the work to outside local contractors whose competence and diligence ranges significantly. Quality can be sacrificed in order to complete the job quickly. Your inspector has been on both sides of new construction, as the building inspector and building his own home and highly recommends an independent inspection prior to the final walk through.
Eliminating any surprises or needed repairs before you list your home for sale can put a buyer's mind at ease and potentially help you sell your property faster. Most buyers will schedule their own home inspection too, but a pre-inspection can reduce the issues that need addressed later and the time it takes to complete the transaction and sell your home. Pre-listing inspections give you an idea of areas of concern and needed maintenance before they become deal breakers. Including an inspection report in your seller disclosures can help improve bargaining power and let prospective buyers know that you’ve already done your homework.
Most mortgage lenders require a clear termite or pest inspection before they will approve your home financing. We complete a free Wood Destroying Organism inspection as part of our home inspection service or as an ancillary service. This includes checking the exterior and interior of the property for signs of infestation, damage or areas that are attractive to pests. We take moisture readings and look for signs like mud tubes, damaged or moist wood, bubbling or buckled paint, gnawed wiring or mice droppings, termites, powder post beetles, carpenter ants or other insects. If any damage is found, we will make recommendations for remediation and suggest preventive measures.
Radon is a radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless, tasteless and chemically inert. Unless you test for it, there is no way of telling how much radon is present in your home. Radon is formed by the natural radioactive decay of uranium in rock, soil and water. Our radon testing machines take a reading every hour, guaranteeing you at least 48 readings of radon levels. This allows us to also identify any interference, as the hourly readings are charted on a graph for visual evaluation. These readings also help us to identify and pinpoint times or activities in the house that may be causing the radon levels to spike. You will receive a full radon report and recommendation for a mitigation plan, if the results indicate that one is needed.
As we inspect the exterior of your home, we spend a good bit of time evaluating the condition of your roof. Serious damage to shingles and roofing components can cause water leaks that are expensive to repair and can lead to mold growth, health issues and extensive hidden damage to your home. One way that we may access your roof is with the use of a Drone. This allows us to inspect all angles and locations and provide photos of any damage that is found in hard-to-reach areas. Your inspector is FAA Part 107 Drone Certified, which means he has successfully passed the InterNACHI Certified Drone Pilot Training Program and the FAA-Certified Drone Pilot test that certifies him to fly a drone for commercial use.