Home Inspection Services

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The Home Inspector service we offer can be tailored to your specific needs.  We will always help our clients find answers and give whatever direction we can to help.

Licensed Home inspectors are proscribed by law to a set of practices  and ethics.  If we were to summarize them: 
"Be Honest and be Safe" 

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Full Home Inspection Service

  • Includes a full detailed inspection report covering the 16 major components of the house.
  • Narrative report with photographs detailing items that are satisfactory, Deficient, or safety hazards
  • Includes associated systems for each of the components.
  • You should expect an inspection to take from 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours

 

The major components of the Full House Inspection are:

  • General
  • Site
  • Exterior
  • Garage
  • Roofing
  • Foundation
  • Attic
  • Crawlspace
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Interior
  • Basement

Examples of a major component and its associated systems:

For Site we examine and report on the grading, vegetation, driveway condition, walkways,  steps,  decks, patios, and  retaining walls.  How does the property handle water runoff ? Is there any damage from over  hanging trees? Is the deck built  using current practices, etc. ?

Termite Inspection Service
  • We work with you and your lenders requirements. Especially those of the FHA and VA.
  • These inspections can be a stand alone or incorporated into the Full Home Inspection.
Walk Through Inspection
  • Includes a summary level report on the 16 major components found in the Full House Inspection but not the full depth of detail required by the Full House Inspection. This kind of inspection is good for people that are just beginning to consider selling their homes, and are not sure how prospective buyers might see it.
  • A Walk Through Inspection can also be useful for those homeowners that have a new home approaching the end of the builders warranty. Using us as another set of eyes to review the home, and to make sure we address any of your concerns, we provide a summary report. This report could assist in further discussions with the builder.
  • ​You should expect an inspection to take about 2 hours.
Condo & townhouse Inspections
  • These inspections are quite similar to the Full House Inspection. Where they differ, is determined by what the responsibilities of the home owners association has, and those components that may be found as part of common areas.
  • Examples are: Roof maintenance performed by the homeowners association, a common garage, water provided by the association, and sewage by the municipality.
  • Although not part of an inspection, it is prudent for the prospective buyers to understand with as much detail as possible, what they as the homeowner is responsible for, and what restrictions are current practice in the particular association.
Multi-Unit Inspections
  • New York State limits the number of dwelling units within a single building that a licensed home inspector can review. The current limit is up to 4 rental units in one structure.
  • Multi-unit buildings can be more complicated, depending on factors such as : shared heating and hot water systems, electrical service, air conditioning, etc.
  • ​Based on the number of units, you should expect an inspection to take 3 to 4 hours.
Radon Gas Inspection
  • Radon is a colorless odorless gas that comes up from the soil. It is found in virtually every part of North America. it is the second leading cause of Lung Cancer in the US. it is estimated that 1 in 15 homes in the US have higher than EPA acceptable levels of radon gas in them. You can find a lot more information about Radon in our Library Section or on EPA websites.
  • We encourage you to have a Radon Gas test done to your prospective home. Even if your neighbor had a test done and it was normal, it has been shown that the geology and kinds of construction can vary greatly house to house. The levels are very specific to that house.
  • We do a simple short term test, it takes about 3 to 4 days using a licensed lab for the analysis. When the lab has completed its report we will pass it along to you.
  • Do your own research.
Radon Water Inspection
  • Like Radon Gas, Radon can be found in water. Although not quite as prevalent, it is found mostly in private wells. Municipal systems generally treat for it.
  • Radon found in water is somewhat more stable until the water is disturbed in some fashion. Typically this occurs when the water is aerated, such as in a shower. At that point it is released into the air.
  • the EPA is still researching the effects Radon suspended in water has on human health but as far as we have seen, it is not as serious as Radon released in to the air.
  • For our test we remove the aerator from a faucet and take a water sample that is then mailed to the lab for analysis. We will then pass onto you the labs findings.
Water Testing Packages
  • Total Coliform water tests .  "Coliform bacteria are unlikely to cause illness.
    However, their presence in drinking water indicates that disease-causing organisms (pathogens) could be in the water system. Most pathogens that can contaminate water supplies come from the feces of humans or animals."(www.doh.wa.gov/portals/1/Documents/Pubs/331-181.pdf)
  • Nitrate & Nitrite, and Lead water testing.  This package test two major components that are a concern for private wells;

    • "There are two health concerns when drinking water with high levels of nitrates or nitrites. The first health concern is with infants being at risk for “blue baby syndrome”, also called methemoglobinemia: Poisoning can occur when infants drink formula made with nitrate or nitrite- contaminated tap water."​​
      (Vermont Department of Health healthvermont.gov/enviro/water/nitrates.aspx)
    • Lead testing is included in this package: "EPA has set the maximum contaminant level goal for lead in drinking water at zero because lead is a toxic metal that can be harmful to human health even at low exposure levels. Lead is persistent, and it can bioaccumulate in the body over time. "
      (https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water#health)

Other Services

Building Management & Unit Evaluation
  • Designed for buildings and homes managed by Banks, property management firms, or landlords.
  • Evaluations are tailored to provide a documentation which includes a narrative as well as pictures documenting a unit’s condition.
  • Document conditions of rental units before and after tenant occupancy.  Normal wear and tear vs. damage is clearly depicted.
  • Reports can be used to record and document contractors work and maintain accurate descriptions of a buildings condition.