Home inspections can help you buy or sell your home with confidence. As trained professionals we'll provide
invaluable help in turning you into a knowledgeable consumer. Homeowners can identify problems in the making and take preventive
measures to avoid costly repairs. Sellers can understand conditions the buyer’s inspector may point out and put the
property in better selling condition by making repairs. Our inspection services include:
Buyers InspectionBuyers Inspection
New Construction Inspection
Single Item Inspections
In both new and older homes, the best way to ensure that you are well informed about
the strengths and weaknesses of a property is to have us give you a professional home inspection. We are trained to identify
problem areas both small and large that may have been overlooked by the previous owners and to identify which require immediate
attention. See our Inspection Overview
for more details. Sellers Inspection
Whether you are selling your home on your own or using a Realtor, it’s always
a prudent idea to have a professional home inspection. Knowledge is power. All homes have strengths and weaknesses: we help
you answer how serious the problems are and which must be immediately addressed and which can wait. The more you know about
your home, the more prepared you will be for negotiation. See our Inspection Overview
for more details. Warranty Inspection
Most builders provide a one-year warranty for new construction. Generally during
this period of time the buyer develops a "punch list" of corrections for the contractor to repair under the warranty
coverage. Some defects will not be obvious to the untrained eye. It is prudent to obtain our home inspectors list of items
that will most likely be repaired by your builder at no cost to you. You will be reassured knowing that potential problems
were addressed before they grew into something that could cost you a great deal down the road. New Construction Inspection
“The county already passed the inspection!” Municipal inspectors
perform up to 25 inspections a day, spending an average of 10-15 minutes on site. They cannot possibly see every defect or
violation. The legal responsibility for code compliance rests with your builder or contractor. New homes and large additions
are candidates for this type of service.
Our full inspections generally last a minimum of two hours and frequently
take up to four hours. We offer inspections at various stages during a construction project: a framing inspection
prior to insulation, a pre-drywall inspection
that covers all aspects of the project (i.e., framing,
electric, plumbing, mechanical, insulation), and a punch list or walk-thru inspection
with you before settlement
or final payment to the builder. Your peace of mind will be well worth the investment.Environmental Testing
During a home inspection, our non-invasive visual inspection of your property
may alert you to possible environmental concerns that could adversely affect you and your family in your home. Toxic
mold, radon and water quality testing may be requested as additions to a home inspection or as individual services.
See our Environmental Hazards
page for more information.
We inspect for these hazards:
Homeowner Consulting and Single Item Inspections
- Lead: Lead is a highly toxic metal that
was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. In general, the older a home, the more likely it has lead-based
paint. This is included in our standard inspection. See Lead FAQ.
- Mold: There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Molds can
produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. See Mold FAQ.
- Radon: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the
U.S. Radon is a threat to health because it tends to collect in homes, sometimes to very high concentrations. See Radon FAQ.
- Water Quality: Wells are susceptible to ground water contamination from fertilizers, pesticides
and faulty septic fields and should be tested annually. Older homes and those less than five years old are the highest risk
for lead and a home built before 1930 may still have a lead supply line from the street. For more information see http://www.epa.gov/safewater.
Do you need a “trusted honest opinion,”
and are concerned about getting a “sales pitch?” You can be assured of our impartial opinions and inspections
because we do not offer repair or remediation services. We will meet you at the property, inspect the item or problem and
provide you with a verbal and/or written report with our conclusions and recommendations. Homeowners
Have you ever wondered if that contractor was telling you the straight and narrow?
Do you wish you could have an honest
idea about what you could do to fix a problem yourself?
Do-it-yourself types. Need advice on getting a project
back on track?
Senior citizens – Please don’t sign any home improvement contracts or make any “up front”
payment without checking with us.Agents
As a real estate agent would you like an
impartial opinion on an item at your new listing?
Would your buyer like an opinion on something before the contract is
Need advice or an expert witness for your clients?