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Pre-purchase Inspections

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.

 

Our pre purchase inspection for a SFH includes:

  • Structural components including foundation, crawl space, walls, ceiling and attic.
  • Exterior wall covering, flashing and trim, exterior doors, windows, eaves, soffits, fascia, landscaping, walkways, patios and driveways.
  • Roof covering, gutters, skylights and insulation.
  • Electrical system
  • Plumbing system
  • Air conditioning
  • Interior walls, floors, stairways, railings, countertops, cabinets, doors, windows, garage doors, etc.
  • Pool **the scope of our inspection includes a limited visual inspection of the pool electrical system, primary circulation system, pool barrier system, the pool interior surface and surrounding deck. We do not dismantle components such as filters, pumps and heaters. We do not test water chemistry. We do not test or operate pool heaters, cleaning systems, control valves, chemical injectors or similar components.

 

Our pre purchase inspection for a condo (apartment) includes:

  • Structural components
  • Electrical system
  • Plumbing system
  • Air conditioning
  • Appliances
  • Interior walls, floors, stairways, railings, countertops, cabinets, doors, windows, balconies, etc.

 

Re-Inspection

When a home buyer asks a seller to make repairs to a property after a home inspection, once the seller finishes with these repairs, the buyer should order a re-inspection to verify that these repairs were completed.

 

Termite Inspection (WDO)

Although commonly referred to as a “termite inspection,” WDO stands for “wood-destroying organisms,” and a proper WDO inspection looks for evidence of infestation by termites (both subterranean and drywood types), wood decay, wood-devouring beetles, as well as evidence of past infestations, damage to wood, or conditions conducive to infestations, and evidence of past treatments.

A proper termite and WDO inspection consists of several steps:  An inspection of the exterior of the home, looking for signs of termite activity as well as conditions conducive to termite and other WDO infestations (such as wood that is too close to the ground, dead tree stumps by the house, improper grading, leaky gutters or downspouts, or tree branches overhanging or touching the home). The inspector will also look for evidence of infestation by other wood-destroying insects.

An inspection of the interior of the home, with special emphasis on the garage, door and window frames, and other areas that are particularly prone to WDO infestation. This part of the inspection will be both visual and physical, and typically involves visually inspecting, tapping, probing, and sounding susceptible wood. The inspector will also be looking for live termites or other insects, dead termite “swarmers,” other evidence of infestation (tubing, frass, signs of prior treatments, etc), damaged wood, and conditions conducive to infestation (such as excessive moisture levels).

Inspector will provide a detailed written summary of the inspection results in a standardized inspection form developed by the NPMA, photos, comments and remediation recommendations and/or an estimate for treatment if necessary.

 

Lead-Based Paint

This paint can be found in properties built before 1978. Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, like the kidneys, nerves and blood. Lead may also cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and in extreme cases, death. Some symptoms of lead poisoning may include headaches, stomachaches, nausea, tiredness and irritability. Children who are lead poisoned may show no symptoms.

We take samples from different areas inside and outside the property.

 

Mold Assessment

Our mold assessment includes a visual inspection as well as on-site testing with moisture meters, thermal imaging along with air sampling and surface sampling procedures. These samples are analyzed by our certified laboratory for microbial identification and quantification. Our report will include these lab results and it will show our findings, evaluations and protocols for remediation along with photos of key contaminated areas.

The number of samples is determined by the inspector depending on the size of the property. We take 1 sample every 1000 sqft approximately and 1 outside for comparable. Additional samples might be needed.

Reports will be ready within 24 hours after inspections are completed.

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Post Remediation Verification

Post-remediation verification testing (also called clearance testing) is the inspection and retesting of areas in a building that have undergone remediation work to ensure that the remediation was successful.  Post remediation inspection must be performed after the mold remediation and before the affected building materials are replaced.

With this inspection we must be able to determine the following:

  1. No visible mold growth on any of the construction materials.
  2. All construction materials are dry by current industry standards.
  3. The cause of the original problem has been resolved.
  4. The indoor air quality is within acceptable standards.
  5. Cross-contamination of non-work areas has not occurred.

 

Chinese Drywall

Chinese drywall refers to an environmental health issue involving defective drywall manufactured in China and imported by the United States during the construction boom between 2004 and 2007.

Homeowners with contaminated drywall usually notice a rotten egg smell within the home, corrosion or blackening of metal items within the walls or protruding from the walls, and frequent failures of air conditioning units and other appliances and electronics.

On our visual inspection we look for the following signs:

  • The ground wire connected to the green screw is blackened and corroded.
    This wire should be copper-colored.
  • The copper coils on this air conditioner unit are blackened and corroded.
    This copper pipe is blackened.

We also offer material testing that requires a sample of the drywall be taken, documented with a chain of custody and analyzed in a laboratory.