Purchasing a home is one of the most important financial investments in a person’s life. It can be stressful, as there is much to understand about a home in order to make a sound purchasing decision. We have the knowledge and experience to help you understand your potential investment and purchase your home with confidence. Over the course of a few hours our home inspectors review the home from top to bottom, inspecting major and minor building systems and components— from the building structure and roof to outlet operation and appliances.
Thinking of selling your home? Making sure your home is in its best shape is a top priority. Surprises can have unintended consequences such as undercutting an asking price, derailing a potential deal, and prolonging time on the market. We can help alleviate these surprises and empower you to sell with confidence.
Mold can cause a host of undesirable problems to a home and its occupants. In addition to being unsightly and capable of producing foul smells, mold can actually cause damage to building materials such as drywall, wood floors, and even framework. Damage from mold and moisture can be enough to threaten the structural integrity of a house.
Mold is caused by excess moisture introduced into materials that mold can use as food. This molding process is commonly caused by plumbing, roof or even foundation leaks that introduce moisture into wood siding, framing, hardwood floors, drywall, plaster and other building materials. In some cases, extremely high humidity can provide enough moisture for mold growth.
NEW CONSTRUCTION, REMODELING OR RENOVATION INSPECTION (COMPLETE OR PRE-DRYWALL)
Due to the housing boom over the last several years, the quality of workmanship for new construction has decreased dramatically. There are several factors contributing to this trend such as; large production builders working on tight production schedules, over worked project managers expected to manage 15-25 houses at various stages of production, sub trade employees with little or no training and supervision, and municipal inspectors with workloads of 30 to 50 inspections per day. In addition, most consumers incorrectly assume that if a new home passes municipal code inspections, then the home must be OK.
Having been a municipal code inspector for over eight years, I can assure you that just because a home passes municipal inspections; it does not guarantee the home is built using best construction practices or top quality materials.
The most important thing to understand as a new homeowner is that your house requires care and regular maintenance. As time goes on, parts of your house will wear out, break down, deteriorate, leak, or simply stop working. Even the most vigilant homeowner can, from time to time, miss small problems or forget about performing some routine home repairs and seasonal maintenance.
We can help you with maintaining your home. Consider hiring us once a year to perform a Home Maintenance Checkup. We will evaluate all major systems of the home, including plumbing, heating, electrical, HVAC, and structural. We will help you keep your home in good condition and prevent it from suffering serious, long-term and expensive damage from minor issues that should be addressed now. Let's keep your home in great shape together!
A home warranty inspection can help homeowners get any defects associated with the home’s construction corrected under the terms of their warranty. Homeowners are provided with a detailed, digitally supported report that fully documents their concerns that they can submit to substantiate any claims. And we will revisit your home after corrections or repairs have been made to re-inspect and update your report at no additional charge so you have a record that these issues have been addressed to your satisfaction.
If you have recently purchased a newly constructed home but have noticed areas of concern and are reaching the end of the term of your home warranty, have a home warranty inspection to provide yourself with documentation from a certified professional home inspector that you will need to have these issues addressed by the home builder.
CONDO ASSOCIATION MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONS
Regular property inspections are an important part of managing condominium or homeowners association (HOA) risks. Thorough inspections increase the safety and well-being of homeowners, protect property values, and reduce the risk of costly repairs and lawsuits. Conducting inspections regularly keeps an HOA on top of security risks, as well as maintenance and building problems.
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste and it causes problems in your home and estimated to cause thousands of deaths annually. When you breathe air containing radon, your chance of getting lung cancer increases. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Scientists are more certain about radon risks than risks from most other cancer-causing substances.
Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down further, these particles release small bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime.
Annual termite inspections are essential for early detection of termite activity on the property to prevent the potential for large scale damage and expensive repairs. Inspections also assess the conditions that make a property more susceptible to wood destroying organisms and minimize the risk of attack. Many homes in the U.S. are at risk from termite attack. A comprehensive annual termite inspection is the best protection against termites. It can detect termite activity and prevent long term damage to your property.
Air Quality Testing is a way to find out what is in the air inside your house and what you and your family are breathing. This is a great test for a person that may be highly allergic to mold spores or other contaminates.
A special machine is set up to take a sample of the air from inside the house. A sterile cassette is opened and set at the end of the machine. The machine is set for a controlled amount of air to be taken into the cassette. In most cases one sample is taken for about every 1000 square feet of the house. One sample should be taken per floor in the biggest and most open area and one sample from the outside as a data base. After the test is complete the samples are sent to a lab for analysis. When the data is sent back we have the knowledge of what is in the air, how much is in the air, and the chances of what is causing this. If there is a room or area of major concern special in wall samples can be taken to further pin point problem areas. When you receive the results it will help determine the next cause of action.