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Whether you're looking for a full-fledged home inspection or something a little more specific such as a structural or electrical inspection, I've got you covered. Gain peace of mind and clarity when buying a new home, or ensure a quick transaction with maximum return when selling your home.

Pre-purchase Inspections

A pre-purchase home inspection, also called a home buyer's inspection, can help identify major defects and other problems to give you a clear picture of a home's condition and the expense of related repairs. A pre-purchase inspection can help save you from making a terrible investment in some cases, and may even be required for financing.

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Pre-listing Inspections

A pre-listing home inspection, otherwise called a home seller's inspection, can be used to ensure a quick sale on the house and can help maximize your return. You can go into the selling process confident that there won't be any potentially deal-killing transaction delays due to repairs that need to be made, which can take weeks or even longer.

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Commercial Building Inspections

Protect your business with a commercial building inspection. I offer inspections on many commercial properties such as apartment buildings, industrial buildings, office buildings, retail spaces, restaurants, and more. I'll uncover valuable information regarding the structure and foundation, roof, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, pavement systems, and more.

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Radon Testing

Radon is a naturally produced, radioactive gas — and the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind cigarettes. Radon gas can enter your home through the foundation and collect in the basement. A radon test will help to protect your family by checking for hazardous concentrations. If levels are too high, then a radon mitigation system should be installed.

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WDO (Termite) Inspections

Commonly referred to as a termite inspection, Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) inspections look for more than just termites, including wood boring beetles and wood destroying fungus. Termites alone cause billions of dollars in property damage every year in the United States. Because they can be difficult to detect, a properly trained inspector is necessary to check for the presence of any WDOs in your home.

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Water Quality Testing

Water quality testing is important to verify that the water in your home is not tainted by any dangerous or offensive contaminants such as certain strains of bacteria, lead, nitrates/nitrites, other heavy metals such as arsenic, and more. Water quality tests should be performed regardless of whether the water comes from a public source or a private well.

Septic Load & Die Test

Septic repairs can be very expensive, not to mention unpleasant. A septic load and die test is a non-invasive visual inspection using fluorescent die to expose leaks in the system, and does not require any excavation. Septic load and die testing is a common and affordable test to see if a more invasive, and more expensive, inspection is needed.

What a Typical Home Inspection Includes

A typical home inspection generally covers the following points:

Interior Inspection Details

Plumbing

Check faucets and showers looking for visible leaks as well as testing water pressure. Identify the types of pipes used, if visible. Identify the location of the main water shutoff valve.

Electrical

Identify the type of wiring, test all outlets and make sure there are GFCI's installed where needed to protect from electrical shock. Inspect the electrical panel for safety issues and fire hazards.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning

Determine the age of the furnace and air conditioner, whether or not they function properly, and may recommend repairs or maintenance.

Water heater

Determine the age of the water heater and check for proper installation. I can also determine the condition and give an estimated remaining lifespan of the unit.

Fire Safety

Check for the presence or absense of smoke detectors and ensure that the garage wall, if present, has the proper fire rating and is undamaged. Also check the fireplace for proper installation and maintenance.

Bathrooms

Check for visible leaks, properly secured toilets, proper ventilation to prevent moisture related issues, etc.

Attic

If possible, check for structural damage and proper ventilation. Also check insulation and ensure that nothing is ventilated directly into the attic, such as the bathroom.

Exterior Inspection Details

Exterior Walls

Damaged or missing siding, cracks, and excessive soil contact which can be an invitation for pests.

Foundation

Check for indications of foundation failure such as cracks or settling.

Grading

Check to ensure that the ground slopes away from the house as it should, which prevents water from entering the house or causing damage to the foundation.

Roof

If accessible and visible, check for roof damage or poor installation that may allow for water penetration as well as checking the condition of the gutters.

Garage

Test the garage door for proper functionality, check the fire barrier, and check for risks of explosion from ignition sources too close to the floor.

Whether you're ready for your home inspection or just have questions, I'll be happy to hear from you.