During this thorough inspection of the home, we find the damages and defects that buyers need to know about before moving forward with their investment and report on the home’s condition. The following accessible areas will be inspected during our inspection services:
We inspect these areas of a home:
Foundation & Crawl Spaces
Exterior (doors, windows, cladding)
Garage & Carport
Driveways & Walkways
Interior (doors, windows, floors, walls, ceilings, stairs)
Attic, Insulation, & Ventilation
Heating & Central Air
If a roof cannot be safely walked, we will use an aerial drone to photograph and inspect the structure at no extra charge. A moisture meter, gas leak detector, and a carbon monoxide detector may also be used during the inspection.
A listing inspection provides you with comprehensive information on the current condition of your home and includes recommendations for property repairs and enhancements to improve the home’s value and marketability.
You can work with your real estate agent to either decide which areas to improve before putting the house on the market, or to adjust the sale price to reflect any costs of repairs that would be revealed in a home inspection performed later by a potential home buyer during the contingency process. If you’ve maintained and updated your home over the years, a listing inspection report serves as a valuable sales tool, documenting the attention to detail and care you’ve taken in protecting your investment.
During an inspection, the inspector will review the readily accessible exposed portions of the structure of the home, including the roof, the attic, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, basement, and foundation as well as the heating/air conditioning systems, interior plumbing and electrical systems for potential problems.
ADDITIONAL INSPECTION SERVICES
We offer Thermal Imaging with a state of the art thermal imaging camera, we can see areas of moisture and unexpected heat levels that can’t be seen with the naked eye. We use this information to locate and diagnose issues in the home.
A Moisture Meter is used during all inspections. We measure levels of moisture in suspect areas of the home, allowing us to find specific areas where there may be a moisture intrusion problem or mold growth.
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Testing your home is a prudent way to prevent small problems from growing into a costly and unhealthy situation, and always avoid exposing yourself and others to mold.
Aerial Drone Inspections
To prevent damage or if the roof is deemed unsafe-to-walk, we may choose to fly a drone over the roof and roof systems to better inspect the ridges and valleys which are difficult to see from the ground or ladder alone.
Sewer Scope Inspections
Sewer-scoping the line can reveal blockages, damage to the pipe system, and other problems, which are vital for homeowners and home buyers to be aware of.
You Have Questions, We Have Answers
Q. Who needs a home inspection?
A. Buyers and sellers. If you’re buying a home, pre-owned or new, an inspection tells you the condition of the property. That way, there are no surprises after you close on the home.
If you purchased a new home and it still has a warranty from the builder, it’s a good idea to have a home inspection before it expires. It’s a rare case that even a new home doesn’t have some problems that were overlooked by the builder. Those repairs or corrections easily exceed the cost of an inspection. If you catch them prior to warranty expiration, your warranty should cover them.
Sellers benefit by knowing the condition of their home before they place it on the market. Then, any needed repairs can be made prior to listing. A seller’s inspection can also be used as a comparison to what the buyer’s inspector finds.
Q. How long does a home inspection take?
A. Anywhere from two to four hours depending on the condition of the property, the number of services you’ve requested and the size of the home. It takes time to perform a thorough inspection of the entire property and I pay attention to the details.
Q. What type of report do I receive?
A. You will receive a computerized full report listing any problems and concerns with the home. In most cases you will receive your report at the completion of the physical inspection.
Q. Should my Realtor receive a copy of your report?
A. Yes. Your Realtor can assist you in determining if any items in the report are significant enough to warrant re-negotiation with the seller. Having your Realtor review the report also insures that you both are “on the same page” at the closing.
Q. Should I be present for the home inspection?
A. Yes, I encourage you to plan to attend the entire inspection. There are always items in the inspection that can best be explained on-site. I will include them in the report of course, but your presence at the property always makes it easier for you to understand important information about the property.
Q. Are you available to answer questions about the property or report after I close and move into the home?
A. Yes, I will be happy to assist you any way I can in clarifying the information I present in the report. Even after you’ve moved in and settled down to enjoy your new home. I’m always available to you, for as long as you own the home, to offer unbiased advice and recommendations.
Q. Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?
A. Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is important. I can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. I may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or not done quality work.
Q. Why can’t I do the inspection myself?
A. Chances are that even if you are very familiar with home construction, you still don’t have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional Home Inspector. I’m not only familiar with all the systems of a home-and how they work and need to be maintained-but I also know what to look for to determine if they’re about to fail. Also consider this-when you are involved in buying or selling a house, it’s impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may cloud your judgment. I will provide an objective, unbiased view of the property.
Q. Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?
A. No. The code of ethics of The California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) prohibits its members from soliciting repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest on the part of the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective report on the condition of the home.