We’ll have a qualified and experienced home inspector check the home from foundation to roof. With the latest tools and technology, we inspect the accessible structures of the home inside and out as well as the various systems and components of the home. We also include a Wood-Destroying Organism Inspection and Thermal Imaging as an added value to our customers. After the inspection, you’ll receive an easy-to-read yet detailed report with details and high-resolution images of any issues. It’ll also include descriptions of routine maintenance for the home’s systems. The report is generated during the inspection so you’ll receive it within minutes (although reports that require lab analysis, such as mold, can take two to three days). Our job isn’t done when the report(s) are delivered though - you can reach out to us at any time with questions.
When buying new construction, many people assume this is a guarantee that their home will be as close to perfect as possible. But even the best contractors and code enforcers make mistakes. Plus, brand-new building materials and appliances can still have defects. From leaking sinks to improperly installed floors to stoves that won’t heat up, we’ve found all sorts of issues while inspecting new construction. We’ll check your new home pre-drywall to ensure everything is being built to your specifications and so that we can catch issues that won’t be visible later on. During the final walkthrough, we can also ensure that all visible fixtures have been installed properly and are working as expected.
If you’re about to sell your home, a pre-listing inspection can help affirm your asking price and avoid last-minute negotiations. It’ll provide you with the knowledge you need to address issues before a buyer’s inspection discovers them. Then, you’ll have all the time you need to get quotes for the work and complete any necessary repairs before listing the home for sale.
Homes and their various systems are complicated, even for experienced homeowners. These inspections will look at the overall condition of your home, check if your current maintenance is sufficient, and guide you through anything additional that may be recommended. Annual Home Maintenance Inspections are especially valuable for new homeowners and anyone who has installed a new home system. It’s also common to feel unsafe while checking crawlspaces, attics, or roofs so having a trained professional conduct routine checks can help set your mind at ease.
If you suspect that your home has been damaged by hail and wind, we can help inspect it. We’ll take a look at the roof and its fixtures as well as other outdoor fixtures, such as your air conditioning system.
Free with most inspections! Termites and other wood-destroying insects are some of the most common household pests. They can be tough to spot and, if they’re not caught early, are a huge threat to your home’s structure components. Our inspector will check for the subtle signs of the different species of wood-destroying organisms to save you from expensive repairs down the road.
Free with most inspections! What if you could see through walls and spot water leaks before they get to the point of visibly damaging your home? Well, thermal images aren’t quite the x-ray vision you may be imaging but they do offer a non-invasive way to catch hidden issues. By translating temperature differences into color variations, thermal images show signs of water and moisture as cold spots. We’ll check key areas such as the foundation, interior/exterior walls, floors, ceilings, and around plumbing fixtures. This empowers you to fix these leaks early, preventing mold growth and costly water damage repairs.
Tap water in the United States is generally considered to be safe. However, local contamination in a specific home or region is always a possibility. This can be from natural chemicals in our environment (e.g., arsenic and uranium), nearby manufacturing (e.g., heavy metals), land use practices (e.g., ferilizers and livestock), and malfunctioning wastewater treatment (e.g., the home’s septic system). Drinking contaminated water can cause a variety of health concerns. The risks are even worse for young children or anyone in your home who is pregnant, elderly, or immunocompromised. Inspecting your water can offer reassurance that you’re safe or help you address issues before they become health hazards.
While symptoms may not be immediately apparent, lead can damage the brain and nervous system. The risks are highest in homes with young children and pregnant women. Lead-based paint was banned in 1978, but many homes built before this year still have lead-based paint. The risk increases with the age of the home so, the older the home is, the more likely it is to have this contaminant. It’s an especially good idea to have your home inspected for lead paint prior to completing any home renovations or repairs so you know if extra safety precautions need to be taken.
Asbestos is a risk because it can cause various types of lung cancer. Similar to lead, homes built before 1978 also have a risk of asbestos. However, asbestos can be found in way more than just paint because it was used to create a variety of common building materials, such as insulation, drywall, and vinyl floor tiles. Damaged building materials can release asbestos into the air and it’s hard to tell if you’re being exposed unless your home is tested. If you spot damaged building materials in your home or if you plan to complete any renovations, it’s a good idea to have that area inspected for asbestos. You can add this service to another type of home inspection or just have this inspection by itself prior to your next home renovation.
If mold is left to multiply, it can destroy various components of a home and even cause structural damage. It can also cause health issues ranging from allergic reactions to infections. Since mold is all around us, DIY mold tests can be misleading and homeowners often tell us these tests ended up being too hard to interpret. Our professional home inspector can help you accurately and effectively test for mold. Plus, we’ll help explain the results and, if needed, we can offer recommendations for how to remedy mold issues based on years of experience with homes just like yours.
Mold isn’t the only risk to indoor air quality. Homes can also house dozens of airborne contaminants, including chemical compounds, combustion pollutants, and biological pollutants. Having your air quality professionally tested can provide insights into the safety of the air that you and your family breathe every day.
Pools and spas require regular maintenance to ensure their functionality and longevity. Even with routine visits from a pool maintenance professional, they’re only focused on cleaning and chemistry. We’ll inspect the condition and safety of the valves, drains, gates, inlets, heater, and thermostat. The electrical system of the pool is inspected, including switches, alarms, lighting, and more. We also check the water level and look for risks such as blockages, debris, stains, and biological growth. Finally, we ensure there is adequate fencing with secure gates and, if applicable, ensure deck safety.
Roof inspections are commonly required for insurance but can also be a smart choice in general, especially if you’re uncertain about your roof’s condition. These can be standalone inspections or part of an overall home inspection. We inspect the overall condition of the roof covering, flashing, and vents as well as other roof fixtures such as chimneys and skylights. To maximize safety and accuracy, we use a drone to capture images from above the roof. We also inspect and take images of roof edges from the ground to ensure every angle is covered.
Starting with underneath the deck, our inspector will determine if the deck is safe to walk on. If it is safe, we’ll check the decking, handrails, and other fixtures. Your inspection report will help reassure you that your deck is safe or provide guidance on what repairs are required to ensure its safety.
The term “Chinese drywall” refers to a defective and dangerous drywall imported from China between 2001 and 2009. It was used in about 100,000 homes with over half of the reports coming from Florida. The noxious gasses it emits not only cause a “rotten egg” smell in your home and corrode your home’s metal components faster but it can also cause health issues. Symptoms range from eye and skin irritation to difficulty breathing and headaches. If you’re worried about having this in your home, that’s where we come in. After testing your home’s walls, we’ll be able to confirm that your walls are safe or we’ll provide you with guidance on what needs to be done to replace the dangerous drywall.
Moving can be stressful at any age, but it can be especially challenging for children. Children are welcome to join for this portion of the inspection, checking for monsters in any areas of concern, such as closets and under the stairs. We’ll also ensure the home is ready for Santa to arrive, even if it doesn’t have a chimney. When you schedule your inspection, simply request these services and I’ll bring personalized monster-free and Santa-safe certificates so your children can feel confident in their new home.