A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.
NEW CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS
Living outside of city limits? Shouldn’t the builder make sure everything is up to code?
Ideally, yes. But without a trained set of eyes, some things can easily be missed. In fact, a home should be inspected twice before you move in.
The first inspection is to check the foundation, framing, and systems of the home.
The second inspection should be done after the home is complete but before the final walkthrough with the builder.
A home energy audit determines how much energy your home uses, and where your home is losing or wasting energy.
Energy audits for homes reveal where you can make improvements in energy efficiency.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring, radioactive noble gas that is formed from the decay of radium.
Radon can build up inside homes to dangerous levels. Exposure to high levels of radon can cause lung cancer.
Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.
Mold grows where there is moisture. Mold can be found in basements that have flooded, in leaky roofs, around windows that are not properly sealed, or around leaky pipes.
Mold may present a health hazard. It is a clear indicator of unhealthy building conditions both structurally as well as habitability.
Asbestos products numbered in the thousands before it was declared a carcinogen in the 1970s and effectively eliminated from most industrial and commercial uses.
If your home was built before 1975, there is a good chance that it contains asbestos products. It can be found in insulation, roofing and siding tiles, plaster and joint compounds, casings for electrical wires, and flooring adhesives.
Exposure to and inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Asbestos can be linked to roughly 250,000 deaths per year.
Each city, county, and state has unique regulations for structures that must be adhered to. Unsure if your existing structure or future project is within code? Give us a call and we will provide the guidance you need.