Home Buyers Inspection: A Buyer's Inspection is ordered by the home buyer and a qualified inspector evaluates the home, including both structural features and mechanical systems. A written report based on the findings is issued and includes recommendations for any necessary repairs. The vast majority of home sales depend upon the Buyer's Inspection to uncover potential hidden problems and avoid unnecessary risk and expense for home buyers.
Home Sellers Inspection (Listing Inspection): Before listing a property, many home owners have it inspected to determine if there are any underlying problems. That way if repairs are needed they can take care of them before showing the home to preserve home's reputation for honest quality and value in the marketplace. Or they can disclose to potential buyers any existing issues that have not been fixed, which helps insulate sellers from liability.
Home Warranty Inspection: Many homes come with workmanship or product warranties that typically last for 12 months or longer, and then the coverage expires. So home owners are advised to have a professional home warranty inspection done before the end of the coverage period. If the inspector uncovers problems that need repair these can be handled while the warranty is still in effect, to save the home owner money.
New Construction Inspection: Consumers are surprised to learn that many home owner complaints come from those who have just moved into brand new houses. But often-times newly constructed homes have built-in problems that are both frustrating and expensive. To avoid this scenario, take advantage of a new construction inspection performed by a professional. They can verify that the home is up to par and complies with all building code requirements.
Home Maintenance Inspection: Savvy home owners schedule routine home maintenance inspections to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of a home and its various components, structures, and mechanical systems. Experts suggest doing a home maintenance inspection annually, because the inspection report can guide and inform you regarding how to keep your home in top condition while saving unnecessary energy usage and repair expenses.
Home Renovation/Improvement Inspection: Home inspectors who perform renovation inspections provide a complete written report explaining the current condition of the home plus specific recommendations for repairs, upgrades, or renovations. In this way a renovation inspection offers expert guidance to help home owners prioritize renovation investment. Home owners also take advantage of this service after renovations, to ensure that contractors completed them properly before final payment is made.
Roof Inspection: This is an inspection of your entire roof. It includes the exterior roof covering, the rafters, trusses, roof sheathing, roof penetrations, insulation depth, roof venting, and signs of moisture entry. So in order to do all this, the attic is part of a roof inspection. You may ask - why don't I just get a roofing company to inspect it for free. Well unfortunately not all companies are honest, you may be told that you need a new roof, or expensive repairs when you really don't need either. As an ethical and professional home inspector we do not inspect houses and give out referrals for your needed repairs, or evaluation; for this can create a conflict of interest.
Thermal Imaging Inspections: Inspectors qualified to use sophisticated thermal imaging technology can identify how and where valuable energy from HVAC systems is escaping, enabling them to conduct expert home energy analysis to help lower utility bills and maximize interior comfort. They can uncover problematic issues that cannot be seen with the naked eye or conventional tools, often-times finding not just energy leaks but also water leaks and invasive rodents.
Radon Inspection: Radon is an invisible, odorless radioactive gas that naturally occurs within the earth as uranium deteriorates. But if radon rises up and collects within a home it can reach unacceptably dangerous levels. The government identifies radon gas as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the USA, so the EPA recommends that all homes, both new and old, be routinely tested for radon by a qualified inspector.
Mold Inspection: Toxic mold can occur almost anywhere in the home, and while all molds can cause structural damage there are some that have airborne spores that are highly toxic or even lethal. Fortunately a trained mold inspector can find and properly identify molds within the home and recommend safe ways to remove them and prevent their return.