Purchasing a home can be one of the biggest financial investments you will make. Having an inspection provides you with the knowledge that helps you make an informed decision about the condition of the asset you are buying as well as how to maintain the home as it ages. Buying a house may seem like an endless series of critical, important decisions. Choosing an ASHI Certified Inspector means choosing someone you can trust to provide you with a comprehensive analysis of the home's major systems and components—honestly and objectively, apart from anyone's interests other than your own.
The inspection is also an opportunity to ask questions, to learn about home ownership, and to learn about the maintenance required to maintain a healthy, well cared for home. Not all inspectors are equal. Home Inspectors are licensed by the state, but there is a great degree in the extent of and variation of experience in construction.
Here is a Summary of what we inspect:
Exterior: roof system, roof penetrations, chimney, wall cladding, windows, doors, eaves, trim, decks, porches, and entryways
Structure: foundation, structural framing, floor, walls, ceiling framing, and roof framing
Heating and Air Conditioning: furnace systems, boiler systems, HVAC systems, ducts, vents, tanks, and fuel supply system.
Plumbing: supply and waste piping, main supply shutoff, drains, traps, and vent piping
Electrical: service entrance cable, electrical meter, grounding, main disconnect, main and sub panels, GFCI breakers and receptacles, AFCI breakers, switches, and exposed branch wiring
Interior: walls, floors, ceilings, trim, windows, door, other cabinetry, and all interior components
Radon is an invisible gas emitted from the breakdown of uranium that can enter homes through the basement. Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to higher radon levels can increase your risks for Lung Cancer. We offer two types of Radon Tests: Active and Passive. Click below to learn more about each test and the E.P.A. testing procedures.
The EPA recommends that a radon mitigation system is installed when the radon level is above 4.0 pCi/Ls. The most common system to install is a fan and a pipe that draws air from under the concrete floor of the basement. This air is deposited into the atmosphere above the roof line. We offer two short term testing options for radon.
Active Test: An active test last 48 hours and utilized a continuous radon monitoring (CRM) machine. This machine takes an hourly reading and provides both an average radon level over the course of the test and an hourly report that may reveal highs, lows, and any tampering that may have occurred.
Passive Test: This test utilizes two vials that collect air samples. The vials are sealed up at the end of the test and mailed to a lab in Massachusetts. The lab typically analyzes the results the day they receive the vials and emails the results to you.
Although small, termites and other wood-destroying organisms can be a source of major damage to a property. During a WDO Inspection, we search the home thoroughly for signs of an existing infestation, related damage, and moisture in the home that can attract these pests. A WBII Report is typically required when financing through VA or FHA loans.
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