Are you looking for a full home inspection or something more specific? I have you covered with inspection services ranging from standard home inspections to 4-point inspections, multi-unit housing inspections, private well services, ozone odor remediation, and more. Gain greater peace of mind and clarity when buying a home, or ensure a smooth transaction with maximum return when selling your home. I also provide termite (WDO) inspections and water quality testing to meet HUD requirements.
Purchasing a new home also means buying that home's problems. With a pre-purchase home inspection you can see exactly what you're buying. Problems discovered during the inspection could allow you to renegotiate to offset the costs of repairs — potentially saving you thousands of dollars. I'll even help you become familiar with the property.
Sometimes selling your home can be just as much of a roller coaster as buying one. Getting a pre-listing home inspection can help ensure a quick and smooth transaction. You can enter the selling process with confidence that there won't be any nasty surprises. You'll also avoid delays, which could last for weeks or even months.
An annual home maintenance inspection will help to identify potential problems before they can become major financial or safety issues. With a trained eye, I know where and how to look for problems that might go unnoticed for years. A home maintenance inspection covers common problem areas including the roof and attic, basement and foundation, grading and drainage, electrical systems, water heating systems, and much more.
Some mold growth can be toxic, and mold spores can cause symptoms of mold exposure in some people. A mold inspection will tell you if your home has a mold problem, and identify the moisture source that is causing it. If you are selling your home, then it's important to have your home pre-inspected for mold to avoid delays for remediation, which could take a month or longer.
I can eliminate unpleasant odors in a variety of circumstances using an ozone gas generator. Ozone, which is a molecule consisting of three oxygen atoms, reacts with foul-smelling molecules to remove their odor.
Treating the area with an ozone gas generator can remediate odors from cigarette smoke, pets, mold/mildew, cooking, and even odors from smoke or water damage. The ozone treatment removes the odor for good as long as the source of the odor has been removed.
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, various heavy metals, and so on. Water quality tests should be performed regardless of whether the water comes from a public source or a private well.
I can test for Bacteria, Nitrate, Fluoride, Metals Panel 1(Arsenic, Lead, Copper), Radionuclides, and even Swimming Pool Bacteria
If your property uses a private well instead of a public water supply, then I highly recommend getting a water quality test to check for possible contamination. If the test shows that the water supply is contaminated with Coliform or E. Coli bacteria, then a shock chlorination treatment is a widely recommended method for treating it.
If the root cause of the contamination is not addressed, or a filtration system is not implemented, then the contamination may return. In that case, you should test your water regularly.
Private water wells can be surprisingly complex systems that need to be maintained. Just like any other complex or underground system, they tend to be very expensive to repair or replace. My private well inspection service checks the pump flow, pump current (amperage), pressure tank, and a visual inspection of various components. I also back up my inspection with a 6-month warranty!
It's easy to overlook the septic system when buying a new home, largely since it's buried underground. But this also makes it difficult to tell when there is a problem, and failing septic systems are notoriously expensive to repair. A septic inspection includes evaluating the house plumbing and daily flow rating, the exterior site for proper grading and drainage. Accessing and opening the septic tank, checking the size, contents, flow, and condition of the tank, distribution box, and absorption field.
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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A 4-point inspection is often required by insurance companies for homeowners insurance policies, typically for older homes. The 4-point inspection is shorter than a full home inspection and assesses the condition of four vital systems of the home: HVAC (air conditioning and heating), roof, plumbing, and electrical.
Looking to buy an investment property with up to four separate units? I'll show you the current state of the property along with any needed repairs. The items covered in a multi-unit inspection are similar to a standard home inspection, with pricing depending on the size of the property. Get in touch with me for more information.
Avoid nasty disputes with the landlord by having me inspect your rental unit, documenting the current state of the unit at the time of move-in. When you move out, an unscrupulous landlord will be unable to hold you financially accountable for problems that existed before you moved in.
A mobile or manufactured home is inspected in much the same way as a standard home inspection. However, these factory-built homes come with their own unique problems. I will perform a thorough inspection to look for additional, potentially costly, issues such as misaligned connections, improperly installed moisture barriers, and sagging of the structure.
Just like any big investment, the prospect of buying a home can be scary. My goal is to provide you with the best information possible so you can relax knowing you made the right decision. But no matter who you hire, your home inspector is only human. That's why I proudly participate in the Home Buyback Guarantee, backed by InterNACHI. If I miss anything, InterNACHI will buy your home for whatever price you paid for it. Find more information on the buyback program, including terms and conditions.
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.
Identify the type of wiring, test all outlets and make sure there are GFCIs installed where needed to protect from electrical shock. Inspect the electrical panel for safety issues and fire hazards.
Determine the age of the furnace and air conditioner, whether or not they function properly, and possibly recommend repairs or maintenance.
Determine the age of the water heater and check for proper installation. I can also determine the condition and possibly give an estimated remaining life span of the unit.
Check for proper ventilation. A poorly ventilated dryer exhaust can be a serious fire hazard.
Test 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.
Check for visible leaks, properly secured toilets, proper ventilation to prevent moisture related issues, and more.
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.
Check for damaged or missing siding, cracks, and excessive soil contact which can be an invitation for pests.
Check for possible foundation failure, indicated by cracks or settling.
Check to ensure that the ground slopes away from the house, which prevents water from entering the house or causing damage to the foundation.
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.
Test the garage door for proper functionality, check for proper ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and check for risks of explosion from ignition sources too close to the floor.