Home inspections can help you buy or sell your home with confidence. As a trained professional, I am intimately familiar with a home’s systems, what looks right and what doesn’t. I can provide insight as you become a knowledgeable consumer and, a more prepared seller or buyer in today’s market.
I can help a seller identify potential problems and initiate preventive measures to avoid costly repairs. A thorough inspection prior to listing is a valid selling point.
I take great pride in guiding a buyer through the inspection process in a way that is not only informative but is also helpful during the negotiation phase of your purchase.
Sellers and buyers both benefit from the inspection process as it produces informed and confident consumers.
My inspection services include:
A Buyers Inspection
In both new and older homes, the best way to ensure that you are well informed about the strengths and weaknesses of the home you have chosen is to allow me to conduct a thorough, professional home inspection. I am trained to identify problem areas, both small and large, that may have been overlooked by the previous owners and to identify what may require immediate attention.
See my “Inspection Checklist” for what is covered in a good home inspection.
A Sellers Inspection
Whether you are selling your home on your own or using a realtor, it is always a prudent decision to have a professional home inspection. Knowledge is power. All homes have strengths and weaknesses: I can help you decide which problems are serious and which problems must be immediately addressed and which can wait. The more you know about your home, the more confident you will be in your asking price when the negotiation phase begins.
A Construction Inspection
In a new home, the quality of construction is often not what it used to be some years ago. Accordingly, many buyers have independent reviews of their properties during various stages of the construction process, including foundation, framing, installation of the heating and cooling systems, electrical rough-in, and final inspection.
This relatively inexpensive inspection protects your purchase, prevents unpleasant surprises, and ensures the quality home that you’ve dreamed about. State inspectors that sign off on the footers, framing, HVAC and electrical systems are not there for you and your investment. Do not rely on your contractor’s representation that “it passed inspection.” For a nominal fee, a construction inspection can ensure that there are no hidden surprises, short-cuts or mistakes.
A Warranty Inspection
Most builders provide a one-year warranty for new construction. During this period of time the buyer develops a “punch list” of corrections for the contractor to repair under the warranty coverage. Again, the “state sponsored” inspectors are not there to protect your investment. Having a “warranty inspection” ensures that every item covered in your home warranty, especially those items not readily visible to the untrained eye, will be addressed by your builder. You will be reassured knowing that potential problems were addressed before they grew into something that could cost you a great deal down the road.
- Seawalls, piers, docks and retaining walls: Waterfront property comes with special considerations. As an environmental engineer officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, I have extensive knowledge and experience in the construction of retaining walls, piers and seawalls. When it comes to these structures, I evaluate the overall design for integrity and fitness. What you get is peace of mind and ease on your pocketbook.
- Pools and Spas: If you are buying a property with a hot tub, spa or pool it is worth having the system evaluated to avoid costly repairs that went unchecked. Having the entire system inspected brings peace of mind and, if needed, a bargaining chip if repairs are needed on the system either through defect or simply old age and neglect.
- Septic and Well Systems: If you are buying a property with a well or septic system, or both, the systems should be thoroughly inspected. A routine home inspection will not reveal a septic system that is not operating properly. Having the system inspected and tested is money well spent versus finding out later that the drain field is clogged or damaged. A well system is not complicated but, a routine home inspection will not uncover flaws in the system like a bad bladder tank or pump. It is worth the cost to have a certified inspector check the system out thoroughly before moving into the property.
My job as your professional home inspector is to alert you, to the extent possible, to unknown problems and potential environmental hazards in your current or potential house. My inspections are non-invasive. Remember, most environmental hazards (mold, lead paint, radon gas, gasoline or diesel contamination, etc.) do not destroy the integrity of structures or systems, the scope of a routine home inspection. They contaminate them, sometimes making them uninhabitable.
I am trained in sampling for environmental hazards using only the best sampling and sample preservation protocol in the industry in conjunction with a nationally recognized lab for processing. After sampling/testing and sending off to the lab (results usually take two to three days to get back) I will sit down with you and discuss the results.
I can inspect for these hazards:
- Lead: Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. In general, the older a home, the more likely it has lead-based paint.
- Mold: There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Molds can produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances.
- Radon Gas: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the U.S. Radon is a threat to health because it tends to collect in homes, sometimes to very high concentrations.
- Indoor Air Quality: This is a specialized area of testing with strict control measures to ensure accurate results for buyers concerned with allergens or airborne pollutants. If there are visible indications of mold or odors, air quality testing can put your mind at ease or pinpoint remedial measures that need to be taken.
- Water Quality (municipal and wells): If you have any doubts, whether because of news reports or proximity to construction or industrial sites (abandoned or existing), a comprehensive analysis of your water source will buy peace of mind.