This page includes our services, tells you what a full inspection should include, what really matters and the health hazards in your home.
- Residential inspections
- Light commercial inspections
- Pre-listing inspections
- Radon testing
- Wood destroying insect inspections
- Mold testing
A full inspection includes:
- Roof, vents, flashings, and trim,
- Gutters and downspouts,
- Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations,
- Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings,
- Eaves, soffit and fascia,
- Grading and drainage,
- Basement, foundation and crawlspace,
- Water penetration and foundation movement,
- Heating systems,
- Cooling systems,
- Main water shut off valves,
- Water heating system,
- Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets,
- Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats,
- Electrical service line and meter box,
- Main disconnect and service amperage,
- Electrical panels, breakers and fuses,
- Grounding and bonding,
- GFCIs and AFCIs,
- Fireplace damper door and hearth, insulation and ventilation,
- Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers,
- And much more…
What Really Matters
Buying a 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 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?
Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
- Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure.
- Things that lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak, for example.
- Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home.
- Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel.
Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller’s disclosure or nit-picky items.
Health Hazards in Your Home
Living or working in a property that contains environmental hazards can impair your health as well as the health of its occupants. A thorough property inspection will determine if environmental hazards exist and will provide for you the information required to eliminate them.
This invisible, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas can cause cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today and is present in one out of fifteen homes. According to the EPA, your property should be tested every two years to protect its occupants from the dangers of Radon gas.
Many properties constructed before 1978 contain lead based paint. Lead can be found both inside and outside of your property as well as in your drinking water. Lead exposure can present a hazard to both young children and pregnant mothers resulting in defects to the brain and central nervous system. Behavioral and learning disabilities, slowed growth, auditory difficulties and headaches have also been attributed to significant lead exposure.
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
A colorless, odorless, tasteless, non-irritating toxic gas is referred to as the “silent killer.” Carbon Monoxide poisoning can result from improperly vented or malfunctioning combustion appliances such as furnaces, stoves and hot water heaters. Extended exposure to low levels of Carbon Monoxide or a brief exposure to high levels of Carbon Monoxide can lead to a loss of consciousness or even death.
Mold can be found in most homes and may lead to asthma or severe allergies when present in large quantities. Mold can be divided into three groups: Allergenic, Infectious and Toxic.