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Go in with Peace of Mind
Our home inspection service is a visual inspection of the structural elements and systems which are accessible. This typically includes:
Exterior, walls, siding, etc.
Porches and decks
Doors and windows
Heating and air conditioning systems
We strongly encourage you to accompany the inspector so that you may ask questions and gain a better understanding of the systems in the home.
If you have any questions, or are interested in any other services, please contact us so we may discuss your needs.
Knowledgeable Home Inspector Experts
Congratulations on buying your new home.
The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports (upon request), and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do? Just relax and let us take thru this process. We have performed over 15,000 inspections since 1998 and will be there for you whenever you need us to follow-up for as long as you need us.
What we do:
Home buyer’s inspection
Buyer’s inspections are the most common type of inspection. The persons purchasing the property hire an inspector to help identify major defects and other problems so they can make an informed decision about the property ‘s condition.
Home seller’s inspection (pre-Listing inspection)
A homeowner who is selling their house hires an inspector to identify problems with their house. The seller may share the report with any potential buyers or make any necessary repairs so the house is known to be in good condition, encouraging a quick sale.
Mold, Radon, Lead and Asbestos testing available upon request.
Final Walk-Thru (New home inspection)
The final walk-thru inspection applies to brand new homes with homeowners and builder or their representative. The inspection is to ensure that the home is substantially completed and major items are in working order.
Eleventh month inspection
An 11th month inspection is an inspection of a home less than one year old, before the builder’s warranty ends, to discover any defects requiring warranty service.
Multi-family home inspection
The same as a home buyer’s inspection.
Light commercial inspection
Warehouses, small retail buildings, small industrial buildings.
Limited scope inspection
Not for real estate transactions and you must currently own the property. You pick the system; roof, siding, windows, furnace, air conditioning, deck, etc. We’ll provide you with a written report, including pictures of its current condition and any recommendations we may have.
What is an Inspection?
The home buying process can be confusing and stressful. Not only do you need to consider things such as price and location, you also have to worry about whether the house itself has any hidden problems that could become costly surprises down the road. As professional Home Inspectors, it’s our job to look for those hidden problems for you. The home inspection is an unbiased, professional assessment of the condition of the house. It provides you an expert opinion and professional report on the condition of the physical structure and various systems within a house, giving you peace of mind on what is likely the largest purchase you’ll ever make.
In order to prepare the report, an inspector must conduct a visual inspection of the house. The inspection process typically takes about three hours to complete. This, of course, may vary according to the size and condition of the home. We strongly encourage you to accompany the inspector during the inspection. This will give you a chance to ask questions and become familiar with the systems of the home. We will inspect all the structural elements and systems of the home.
Our home inspection service is a visual inspection of the structural elements and systems which are accessible. We will assess for environmental issues, plumbing concerns, if there is mold in the home and more.
Most Common Problems
No house is perfect. Even the best built and best maintained homes will always have a few items in less than perfect condition.
How to Prepare for an Inspection
No home is perfect. Anything from major damage to minor maintenance issues are often found. Even new homes are not immune – they could have problems with the plumbing, electrical system, heating and cooling system, or the roofing system, just to name a few.
Foundations, walls, siding, etc.
Roofing materials are the single most common defect we find. Usually it doesn’t mean the roof needs replaced, but simply that it is in need of maintenance or repair.
Fireplaces, ventilation, attic
Electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems
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Communication is important to us. Please contact us if you have any questions or inquiries.
Most Common Problems
No house is perfect. Even the best built and best maintained homes will always have a few items in less than perfect condition. Below are some of the items we most commonly find when inspecting a home:
Roofing materials are the single most common defect we find. Usually it doesn’t mean the roof needs replaced, but simply that it is in need of maintenance or repair. This can result in ceiling stains, as well as other issues.Get Started!
Most common in older homes, but often found in newer homes as well. Electrical hazards come in many forms, from ungrounded outlets to wiring done incorrectly by the homeowner.
Caused by being wet for extended periods of time, most commonly found around tubs, showers and toilets inside, or roof eaves and trim outside.
Water Heaters, Gas Furnaces and Plumbing Defects
Many water heaters are not installed in compliance with plumbing code. Most gas furnaces seem to be in need of routine maintenance. Plumbing issues commonly found include dripping faucets, leaking fixtures, slow drains, etc. Even in brand new homes, it is common to identify minor plumbing defects.
Inside Your Home
Have your furnace system serviced to ensure it’s working efficiently and not emitting carbon monoxide.
Clean permanent furnace filters and replace paper or disposable filters.
Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
If you have a wood stove or fireplace, have your chimney swept thoroughly. It should be cleaned before the soot build up reaches one-fourth inch thickness inside the chimney flue.
Check your hot water heater for leaks and maintain proper temperature setting (120 degrees recommended by Department of Energy). On older water heaters with less insulation, for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit you lower the temperature, you save 6 percent of your water heating energy.
Check the attic to see if insulation needs to be added or replaced. This is the most significant area of heat loss in many homes, so it is also important to see that it has proper ventilation. Inadequate ventilation could lead to premature deterioration of the insulation materials. You may also need to check insulation in exterior walls, crawl spaces and along foundation walls.
Check all windows and doors for air leaks. Install storm windows and putty, caulk or add weather stripping as needed.
Check basement and cellars for seal cracks or leaks in walls and floor.
Make sure all vents are clean and operating properly.
Clean and vacuum baseboard heaters, heating ducts and vents. Remove or winterize air conditioning units.
Outside Your Home
Store or cover outdoor furniture, toys and grill.
Purchase rock salt for melting snow and a shovel or snow blower if you don’t already have one.
Make sure you have the right kind of gas and oil on hand for your snow blower in the case of an unexpected snowstorm.
Caulk joints and minor cracks on exterior walls and siding.
Look for deteriorating finishes. Minor problems can be patched to preserve the wood. Put bigger jobs, such as scraping and refinishing painted or stained areas, on the calendar for next spring or early summer.
Drain and shut off sprinkler systems and other exterior water lines to avoid frozen and broken pipes. Leave all taps slightly open.
Insulate exterior spigots and other pipes that are subject to freezing but can’t be drained or shut off.
Rake and compost leaves and garden debris, or put out for yard-waste pickup.
Clean storm drains, gutters and other drain pipes.
Check the foundation for proper drainage. To do this, spray yard with a hose to see if water runs away from the house. A little shoveling to reshape the earth next to the house may make the water run away from the foundation.
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Code of Ethics
As a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), I adhere to a strict code of ethics as a home inspector. The code of ethics, as of 12/27/2004 appears below. (source: the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors )
1.11 revised October 31, 2004
The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) promotes a high standard of professionalism, business ethics and inspection procedures. NACHI members subscribe to the following Code of Ethics in the course of their business.
Questions and comments should be directed to Joe Farsetta, Ethics and Standard of Practice Committee Chairperson email .
This document is subject to change without notice. Check NACHI
frequently for changes.
Duty to the Public
1. The NACHI Inspector shall abide by the Code of Ethics and substantially follow the NACHI Standards of Practice.
2. The NACHI inspector will not engage in any practices that could be damaging to the public or bring discredit to the home inspection industry.
3. The NACHI Inspector shall be fair, honest, impartial, and act in good faith in dealing with the public.
4. The NACHI Inspector will not discriminate in any business activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, or handicap and shall comply with all federal, state and local laws concerning discrimination.
5. The NACHI Inspector shall be truthful regarding his/her services & qualifications.
6. The NACHI Inspector will have no undisclosed conflict of interest with the client, nor will the NACHI Inspector accept or offer any undisclosed commissions, rebates, profits, or other benefit.
7. The NACHI Inspector will not communicate any information about an inspection to anyone except the client without the prior written consent of the client, except where it may affect the safety of others or violates a law or statute.
8. The NACHI Inspector shall always act in the interest of the client, unless doing so violates a law, statute, or this Code of Ethics.
9. The NACHI Inspector shall use a written contract that specifies the services to be performed, limitations of services, and fees.
10. The NACHI Inspector shall comply with all government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where he/she conduct business.
11. The NACHI inspector shall not perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or associated services to structure on which the inspector or inspector’s company has prepared a home inspection report, for a period of 12 months. This provision shall not include services to components and/or systems which are not included in the NACHI standards of practice.
Duty to Continue Education
1. The NACHI Inspector will comply with NACHI’s current Continuing Education Requirements.
2. The NACHI Inspector shall pass the NACHI’s Online Inspector Exam once every calendar year.
3. Duty to the Profession and NACHI
1. The NACHI Inspector will strive to improve the Home Inspection Industry by sharing his/her lessons and/or experiences for the benefit of all. This does not preclude the Inspector from copyrighting or marketing his/her expertise to other Inspectors or the public in any manner permitted by law.
2. The NACHI Inspector shall assist the NACHI leadership in disseminating and publicizing the benefits of NACHI membership.
3. The NACHI Inspector will not engage in any act or practice that could be deemed damaging, seditious, or destructive to NACHI, fellow NACHI members, NACHI employees, leadership or directors. Member(s) accused of acting or deemed in violation of such rules shall be reviewed by the Ethics committee for possible sanctions and/or expulsion from NACHI.
Water quality is probably the most common concern and the one most often tested for. Typically, a basic water quality test will check pH, water hardness, the presence of fluoride, sodium, iron and manganese, plus bacteria such as E-coli. Additionally, water may be tested for the presence of lead or arsenic.
Another common environmental concern with the home is radon. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium in the soil. Almost all homes have some radon present, and tests can determine if the level present is higher than what is considered safe. If the level is too high, a radon reduction system will need to be installed.
In homes built before 1978, lead-based paint may be present. Generally, if the lead-based paint is in good condition, not cracking or peeling, it is not a hazard. If the condition is hazardous, the paint will either need to be removed or sealed in such a manner as to eliminate the hazard.
In older homes built more than 30 years ago, asbestos was used in many types of insulation and other building materials. If the asbestos is releasing fibers into the air, it needs to be removed or repaired by a professional contractor specializing in asbestos cleanup. If the asbestos material is in good repair, and not releasing fibers, it poses no hazard and can be left alone.
There are cracks in the foundation. Nothing structural. Nothing that’s going to threaten the stability of the home, but they’re there. Nooks, crannies and holes through which seeps an invisible threat. Colorless, odorless, and undetectable by your average human, it is nevertheless the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Lead in the Home – Warning! This House Could be Hazardous to Your Health!
You’d be hard pressed to sell a home with such a label attached to it. And yet, many older homes in the United States might qualify. You see, prior to 1978, paints and other products containing lead were widely used in homes and offices. Chipping and peeling paint can expose occupants to this hazardous material. In addition, many older plumbing systems utilized lead-based solder to join pipes. This lead can leach into the water, especially when running hot water. In certain areas, high concentrations of lead can even be found in the ground soil.
Unknown in years past, it is now clear that lead causes a number of health-related problems. In children, this can include growth and learning disabilities, headaches, and even brain damage. Adults are not immune either. High levels of lead have been tied to problem pregnancies, high-blood pressure and digestive problems.
Know Before Selling or Buying
Before you buy or sell an older home, you need to know what hazards may exist. If selling, federal law stipulates that you must disclose any lead-based paint in the home. If you’re buying, you want to know what hazards may be lurking in the walls, as well as in the pipes, before you put up your earnest money. If you suspect that a house contains high levels of lead, you should contact a qualified professional to do an inspection. These tradesmen use a range of tools from the well-trained eye to complex, specialized equipment to detect lead levels and recommend appropriate solutions. The National Lead Information Center can help you find a resource.
Many solutions exist for cleaning up lead concentrations. Depending upon your situation, you may find one of these an adequate solution. Removing lead-based paint, for example, may be more trouble as it is worth. The process of stripping the paint from the walls is likely to create dust and debris which is more likely to be ingested. Given these hazards, you should consult a certified contractor to complete this kind of work. Short of removing the paint, you may be able to get by with covering the old, lead-based paint with a coat of sealant specifically designed for this purpose. Once again, a certified contractor will be able to recommend an appropriate solution. Financial assistance is even available in certain circumstances.
Find Out Before it is Dangerous!
So even though a house may not carry a warning label from the EPA, a little common sense and a sharp eye should keep your family safe.
Plumbing problems usually revolve around one of three things: clogs, leaks, or drips. It pays to be familiar with your plumbing system so you can minimize the damage caused by plumbing problems as well as fix minor problems on your own.
Mold in the Home
The first thing to understand about mold is that there is a little mold everywhere – indoors and outdoors. It’s in the air and can be found on plants, foods, dry leaves, and other organic materials.
It’s very common to find molds in homes and buildings. After all, molds grow naturally indoors. Mold spores enter the home through doorways, windows, and heating and air conditioning systems. Spores also enter the home on animals, clothing, shoes, bags and people.