What IS A HOME INSPECTION?
A home inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of the all the systems and physical structural elements of a home. Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would affect a purchasers buying decision.
WHY DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy. That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. Our report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition. A professional inspection will give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, a Pre-Sale inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyers inspector. Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.
WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTION INCLUDE?
Our standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures.
Please Review Our Standards Of Practice For Details & Limitations
DO I NEED TO BE THERE DURING THE INSPECTION?
No, you arent required to be there for the inspection. But we highly recommend that you be present. Its a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection. By following the inspector you can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. We feel youll be able to best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection.
HOW LONG DOES AN INSPECTION TAKE?
The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 3 hours is pretty typical. But for larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.
WHAT IF THE INSPECTION UNCOVERS PROBLEMS?
Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs and recommendations. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems, before you buy, gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.
WHAT IS RADON?
Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas found in soil and rock. It seeps into homes through cracks in the foundation, walls, and joints. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. It can get into any type of building–homes, offices, and schools–but you and your family are likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.
Among nonsmokers, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates, lung cancer due to radon exposure claims about 21,000 US lives annually. In many cases lung cancer can be prevented; this is especially true for radon-related lung cancer.
DO YOU INSPECT WELLS?
Wells should be inspected by a licensed or certified water well system professional. We offer water testing but it don’t necessarily test for every possible contaminant. A licensed inspector can conduct a comprehensive battery of tests, work with a lab to determine results, and possibly connect the homeowner with a company capable of cleaning the well water.
DO YOU INSPECT SEPTIC TANKS?
We offer a Dye Test to detect a leak. If you are buying a home with a septic tank, you should consider having it inspected by a professional septic contractor. Our standard home inspection does not include this type of specialized, intrusive inspection. To properly inspect the system, the contractor will need to dig holes to access the underground parts of the system. This will include inspecting the tank, as well as the leach field.
It makes good sense to have the tank pumped at the time of this inspection. A professional septic contractor can perform both the inspection and pump the tank, killing two birds with one stone and assuring that you begin with an empty tank and a system that has been inspected. Often, you can negotiate with the seller to have them pay for the pumping.
DO YOU INSPECT FOR TERMITES?
No, we do not currently inspect for wood destroying insects (WDI). But we have several WDI inspectors we do business with that we can schedule at the same time as your inspection. Be aware that the fee is paid to the WDI inspector as they are separate from your home inspection. If we do suspect WDI during a home inspection, we will note it and recommend further evaluation by a licensed WDI inspector.