Home Inspection Services

PRE-PURCHASE INSPECTIONS

A home inspection is a visual process where all of the items typically used within a home are tested and/or operated to verify proper operation or installation. Doors and windows are opened and closed, roofing materials inspected, air-conditioning and/or heating systems operated. The Inspector will operate the sinks and tub(s), run the shower(s), and flush the toilets. All the while making notes on the condition and operation of the components tested. Upon completion a report will be e-mailed to you and a high resolution photo/video gallery will be posted online with optional password protection just for you. I will prepare your home inspection reports with easy-to-read details on:

  • The condition of every major component from the roof to the foundation
  • Major and minor deficiencies
  • Any major expenditures necessary
  • What to watch out for
  • Helpful home preservation tips
  • Safety concerns
  • And much more

I will review the detailed report with you to make sure you understand everything and answer any remaining questions.

Standard Home Inspection meets or exceeds state and national Standards of Practice (SOP)
Premium Home Inspection includes a complete standard home inspection plus:

  • Photo/video summary presentation and discussion at the end of the inspection
  • Thermal imaging
  • Home energy report
  • Radon testing

NEW CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS

New construction inspections are performed at the completion of construction, but prior to your final walk through with the Builder’s Customer Service Representative or Superintendent. It is always a good idea to verify that utilities (gas, water, and electric) have been turned on, either by you or the Builder depending on the Builder’s policy. The inspection should be scheduled just a day or two before your final walk through with the Builder. This will ensure that most, if not all, last minute items have been completed prior to your inspection. At the conclusion of the inspection a completed report will be distributed to you.

PRE-WARRANTY EXPIRATION INSPECTIONS

Warranty inspections are performed during the 11th month of your 1-year Builder Warranty.  The inspection will be performed to verify that proper building techniques were used and that the various components of the home were properly installed. You will be presented with a completed report at the end of the inspection along with digital photos taken as needed for inaccessible areas.

Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging is a newer technology in building science.  Thermal imaging can be used to find drafts, missing insulation, plumbing leaks, overloaded electrical circuits and more.  Thermal imaging can quickly find some problems that might not be visible to the human eye.

Home Energy Inspection

If you choose the Premium Home Inspection, I will perform a Home Energy Inspection as part of the bundled service package.  We will collect about 40 data points related to energy.  I will then use an advanced energy calculator developed by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors to: 1) estimate the home’s yearly energy usage 2) pinpoint potential energy inefficiencies 3) develop recommendations for energy improvements, and 4) determine your potential energy savings

Mold Testing

If you are looking to purchase a home and suspect the possibility of mold problems, or your real estate agent recommends having it done, it’s worth the time and extra expense. Serious mold problems can be expensive to correct. For example, if you have mold present in interior walls due to a roof leak, leaking pipe or chronic water drainage problem, entire sections of the wall will need to be replaced and the source of where the moisture is coming from will need to be stopped.
You want to know of mold issues before closing on your property so that they can be taken care of beforehand. If there is a mold or moisture problem that needs to be corrected, it should be reflected in the purchase price or be a condition that must be met before closing. Many states don’t require a homeowner to disclose that the home has a mold problem and most insurance companies don’t cover the major portion of mold damage.

 

Radon Testing

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that cannot be detected by human senses.  It is found naturally in some soils and rocks, like granite. It is formed from the decay of naturally occurring radioactive materials such as uranium. Also, since radon is not chemically reactive with most materials, it will move freely as a gas.  The earth is the source of all radon gas in our atmosphere.  The tri-state area of TN/VA/KY is classified by the EPA as a medium risk zone (there are three levels).  Excessive and prolonged radon exposure has been linked to lung cancer.  If radon levels in the basement or first floor are to high, steps can be taken to control the levels of this dangerous gas.  The first step is taking a measurement to see if there is a problem.

 

Water quality testing

If the water supply to the house is a well or spring, consider getting the water tested for common problems.  Many mortgage lenders will require testing for bacteria and other contaminates if the house water source is a well or spring. A sample of the tap water can be lab-tested for bacteria, nitrites, nitrates, E-coli, arsenic, PH and Hardness and many other contaminates.  Results take about 2-4 business days

Pricing and other information

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