Our Standard Home Inspection Includes:
These services can be added to the Standard inspection at additional cost:
- Sewer Video Inspection An inspection of the main lateral sewer line to detect any potential issues like cracks, damage, root invasion, and other concerns.
- Mold/Air Quality Testing Mold can be a serious health issue. We will take air and surface samples and send them to a certified laboratory for testing.
- Radon Testing Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless gas, occurring naturally as a decay product of radium. We use Continuous Radon Monitors to check for potential harmful levels of radon gas in the home.
Thermal images of the electrical panels and other areas to detect signs of overheating, moisture intrusion and other potential issues.
Computerized report including color photos and a downloadable pdf file.
Summary list of inspection highlights and items of major concern.
Limited 90 day warranties including MoldSafe, SewerGard and a 5 Year Platinum Roof Warranty.
Frequently asked questions
A home inspection is a complete, objective, visual examination of the overall physical structures and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation, and the surrounding landscape.
Home inspections are conducted to verify the quality and integrity of the home – and point out potential trouble areas that a new homeowner may have to think about after they purchase a home, or significant structural failures.
A home inspection usually consists of the examination of:
- Foundation – The foundation is checked for integrity, and to make sure that it is free of cracks and damage.
- Lot – The lot is checked to ensure adequate drainage and grading. Quality of walkways/driveways may also be assessed.
- Exterior – Exterior components such as siding, windows, storm windows, doors, and screen doors, and other such components are checked for quality and integrity.
- Roof and attic – The roof and attic are checked to ensure proper insulation, ventilation, and that they are free of leaks.
- Interior – The interior is checked for damage, and interior elements like light fixtures, outlets, switches, doors, and others will be checked for functionality.
- Basement – The basement is checked for water damage, and issues like any mold or leaks that are present may be noted. The gas and plumbing lines may also be examined.
- Plumbing – Basic functionality of plumbing systems will be checked, such as ensuring the operation of all sinks, toilets, taps, and showers, and adequate hot/cold water and water pressure.
- Electrical – Basic electrical elements such as the fuse box, as well as outlets and switches will be examined for any potential faults or code issues.
- Major appliances – Large appliances such as freezers, refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers, and all other such appliances may be examined and tested.
- HVAC systems – A basic inspection of the furnace and air conditioning will be performed, with notes taken about the general condition and age of these systems.
Your home inspection may vary somewhat – and you may have the option for additional inspections for things like mold and radon – but this is a good overview of the general home inspection process
Usually, home inspectors are hired immediately after you have signed a contract or a purchase agreement for the home that you’re buying. However, you need to make sure that there is a home inspection clause as part of the contract. As mentioned above, this clause ensures that your final purchase of the home is contingent on the findings of the professional home inspection – so you can choose to renegotiate the price or back out of the sale, should serious issues be found..
First, don’t panic! Unless the home you’re buying has been built within the last couple of years, it’s almost certainly going to have a few problems. Typical issues may include an aging HVAC system, a roof that may need replacing in the near future, or minor problems with exterior elements like windows, shutters, or other things that tend to wear out over time.
If your home inspection reveals problems with the house, this doesn’t mean that you should – or shouldn’t – buy the house. It only means that you’ll know in advance what to expect from the house.
For example, you may reconsider buying a home if it has some more serious issues, and you have a very tight budget. But, on the other hand, you may be able to get the current owner to make those repairs before you buy the house, or they could agree to lower the price, based on the home inspector’s findings.
No. There is no such thing as a “pass” or “fail” when it comes to home inspections. A home inspection is a professional, objective view of the home’s overall condition. It’s not an appraisal, which is typically done by a bank to determine the market value of a home. It is also not a municipal inspection, which ensures compliance with local municipal building codes.
Because of this, there is no such thing as a “fail” for home inspections, and the inspector will also not give you an estimate for the overall value of the home.
Not necessarily. You can simply hire a home inspector to perform an inspection without being present, and some home buyers do this if they are very short on time, and cannot make it to the inspection. However it is recommended that you either be present for the entire inspection, or alternatively, to walk through the home with the inspector at the conclusion of the home inspection. This lets you get an inside look at the condition of the home, and the maintenance that you will likely need to perform in the near future.
A home inspection can be a very educational process for a new homeowner, and it will allow you to familiarize yourself with the major systems in the home that you’re interested in buying. In most cases, home inspectors will allow you to follow them along during the process, and they can answer any questions you have about their findings.
Contact Home Inspec LLC today to schedule your home inspection.