Types of Inspections
Pre-Purchase Home Inspection
A home inspection is a non-invasive process where all of the systems within a home are tested and operated to verify proper operation and installation. Doors and windows are operated, roofing materials inspected, air-conditioning and heating systems checked. The Inspector will fill the sinks and tubs, run the showers, and flush the toilets. All the while making notes on the condition and operation of the components tested. Upon completion a report will be provided to you.
Getting a Pre-Purchase Inspection is just about the smartest investment you can make. It reduces the risk of unexpected and costly repairs to ensure you feel completely comfortable with your new home purchase. In fact, many clients have saved thousands of dollars during renegotiations based on report findings, while others have avoided purchasing a “money pit”.
Are you selling your home? Let us inspect it before you even list it.
Having your home inspected prior to placing it on the market is the ideal way to identify potential problems that you can either repair or disclose to buyers. Obviously, repairing the items would be the most beneficial towards completing the sale. However, there may be financial reasons preventing you from making the repairs. Disclosing them up front and pricing the home accordingly will often times produce a higher net sales price.
Show prospective buyers that you are dealing in good faith. Avoid 11th-hour negotiations and delays, and justify your full asking price by having your home pre-inspected now.
New Home Inspection
New construction inspections are performed 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 provided to you.
Commercial Building Inspection
Buying a commercial building either for your business or as an investment property can be an exhaustive process. In a commercial inspection we will inspect all of the structural elements, grounds, and potential environmental hazards of the property. We sit with the buyer and look at the feasibility of future plans for the building. We would also act as a facilitator and coordinate with any tradesmen or engineers as needed.
When inspecting multi-unit properties we look at the property in a multi-faceted way. First we inspect the structure as a whole including the grounds. Next we look at the individual units so we can provide you with a clear picture of the state of the property. These inspections could be conducted at initial purchase of the property or on an annual basis so that small repairs that will always come up don’t turn into large repairs and potential liability later. Identifying these problems early is the key to profitable ownership.
When buying a foreclosed property it is almost always offered “as-is”. Meaning, what you see is what you get. Unlike an owner/seller, the bank is at no legal obligation to disclose any defect or condition. The bank has no idea if the home has termites, the plumbing has leaks, or if the roof is bad. All of these conditions create a very expensive situation to you if you don’t know what you’re getting into. When we do an inspection of a foreclosed property there are different considerations we look at. Sometimes the home is winterized or even lacking power. In these instances we look for issues of neglect to give us an idea of problem locations to look closer at. It is a very scrutinizing type of inspection, and one that will give you a clear picture of what you buying. You will never need an inspection more than when purchasing a foreclosure. Remember, an inspection could mean the difference between having a great investment or a huge liability.
Pre-Warranty Expiration Inspection
Warranty inspections are performed during the 11th month of your one-year Builder or Sellers Warranty. We will look at all areas from proper materials and workmanship for a new home, to the separate systems in a used home. You will be presented with a completed report at the end of the inspection along with digital photos of any problem areas.
This is a limited scope inspection that may be appropriate for such buildings as barns or hangers, etc. We look at the foundations, walls, supports, piers, ceilings and roof structures and document our findings.
Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Luckily, a radon inspection is easy to do and provides an accurate assessment of the radon level in a house. We can perform radon inspections in your current home or as part of a home inspection during the purchasing process.
A foundation inspection is a limited scope inspection where we look for any defects or potential defects in the foundation. We look for things like cracks or bowing in walls, previous repairs, and quality of workmanship. This inspection is usually conducted after a foundation has been repaired to verify the quality of the repair or document its failure.
It can be hard to see your house objectively through a buyer’s eyes, and unfortunately, that could cost you thousands of dollars and cause a lot of frustration. That is why staging your home for sale is so important. Staging has been shown to decrease the time a home is on the market and increase the sale price. During a staging inspection we will note problems that could hinder the sale of your home, and suggest minor changes that you can make to highlight the positive aspects of your home. Our staging recommendations will point out repairs that can increase your home value and upgrades that are easy to accomplish.
Mold & Mildew Inspection
Mold and Mildew spores are in every home and building. The question we need to ask is what is the overall health of the home? In most cases this mold is not actively growing or causing a health risk. That being said, health complications from mold exposure can range from sinus irritation to life threatening infections. These issues are especially prevalent in children and the elderly. In a mold and mildew inspection we will look at all the locations that have potential for mold growth. If found we will take samples to determine the type of mold and its concentrations, as well as make remediation recommendations at that time. All findings will be documented with proper chain of evidence.