When buying a home, we offer you greater peace of mind and clarity on your purchase with a pre-purchase home inspection. For sellers, we help to ensure a smooth transaction with maximum return with a pre-listing home inspection. Additional services include 11th-month home warranty inspections, making sure you don't get stuck with the bill for defects or poor worksmanship.
Purchasing a new home also means buying that home's problems. With a pre-purchase home inspection you can see exactly what you're buying. Problems discovered during the inspection could allow you to renegotiate to offset the costs of repairs — potentially saving you thousands of dollars. We'll even help you become familiar with the property.
Sometimes selling your home can be just as much of a roller coaster as buying one. Getting a pre-listing home inspection can help ensure a quick and smooth transaction. You can enter the selling process with confidence that there won't be any nasty surprises. You'll also avoid delays, which could last for weeks or even months.
Don't release your builder from their warranty until you've had your home thoroughly examined by an experienced inspector. An end of home warranty inspection is a great opportunity to fix problems from faulty workmanship or materials — problems the builder should be accountable for. Many items we find are difficult to notice and could become a major safety or financial concern over time, leaving you to deal with the mess.
I am an interNACHI certified Infrared Certified Inspector. Infrared inspections can detect defects that the naked eye cannot see. We see it as our responsibility to provide our clients with the best home inspection possible; that is why we invested in the equipment and training to become Infrared Certified. As an Infrared Certified home inspector, we can locate possible moisture intrusion, plumbing leaks, overheating electrical circuits, air gaps in insulation, and other defects that could turn your dream home into a nightmare.
It's easy to overlook the septic system when buying a new home, largely since it's buried underground. But this also makes it difficult to tell when there is a problem, and failing septic systems are notoriously expensive to repair. A septic inspection includes evaluating the site for proper grading and drainage, accessing and opening the septic tank, and evaluating the level, flow, and leaks into or out of the mainline, tank, distribution box, and drain field. I am certified by the North Carolina Onsite Wastewater Contractors & Inspectors Certification Board. My grade level and certification number is: INSPETOR 9046I.
A sewer scope inspection is a video inspection of the sewer line leading from the house to the sewer system or septic tank. We'll check for obstructions, damage, or other issues such as root penetration, holes or cracks, pipe separation, and more. Some issues may not be affecting performance yet but could cause failure later as the problem worsens over time. I am InterNACHI certified to perform Sewer Scope Inspections.
Some mold growth can be toxic, and mold spores can cause symptoms of mold exposure in some people. A mold inspection will tell you if your home has a mold problem, and identify the moisture source that is causing it. If you are selling your home, then it's important to have your home pre-inspected for mold to avoid delays for remediation, which could take a month or longer. I am certified by InterNACHI and by the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Quality Consultants (IAC2) as an Indoor Air Quality Consultant. I am also mold certified and can perform mold inspections and mold sampling and testing. Certification ID: IAC2-93724.
Most of us are familiar with the dangers of outdoor air pollution. But what about the air quality inside our homes? High humidity, pet dander and other allergens, mold, and various chemicals trapped in our homes can expose us to far worse air conditions than those found outside. We can test the quality of the air in your house and make recommendations for a healthier, more comfortable home.
Water quality testing is important to verify that the water in your home is not tainted by any dangerous or offensive contaminants such as certain strains of bacteria, lead, nitrates/nitrites, other heavy metals such as arsenic, and more. Water quality tests should be performed regardless of whether the water comes from a public source or a private well.
Check faucets and showers, looking for visible leaks as well as testing water pressure. Identify the types of pipes used, if visible. Identify the location of the main water shutoff valve.
Identify the type of wiring, test all outlets and make sure there are GFCIs installed where needed to protect from electrical shock. Inspect the electrical panel for safety issues and fire hazards.
Determine the age of the furnace and air conditioner, whether or not they function properly, and possibly recommend repairs or maintenance.
Determine the age of the water heater and check for proper installation. We can also determine the condition and possibly give an estimated remaining life span of the unit.
Check for proper ventilation. A poorly ventilated dryer exhaust can be a serious fire hazard.
Test smoke detectors and ensure that the garage wall, if present, has the proper fire rating and is undamaged. Also check the fireplace for proper installation and maintenance.
Check for visible leaks, properly secured toilets, proper ventilation to prevent moisture related issues, and more.
If possible, check for structural damage and proper ventilation. Also check insulation and ensure that nothing is ventilated directly into the attic, such as the bathroom.
Check for damaged or missing siding, cracks, and excessive soil contact which can be an invitation for pests.
Check for possible foundation failure, indicated by cracks or settling.
Check to ensure that the ground slopes away from the house, which prevents water from entering the house or causing damage to the foundation.
If accessible and visible, check for roof damage or poor installation that may allow for water penetration as well as checking the condition of the gutters.
Test the garage door for proper functionality, check for proper ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and check for risks of explosion from ignition sources too close to the floor.
Do you have unanswered questions? Or are you ready to schedule your inspection? Either way, we look forward to hearing from you.