I follow a comprehensive Residential Standards of Practice. This means that I’ll inspect the visible and accessible structure, systems and components of the home, inside and out, from the foundation to the roof, using the latest tools and technology. Following my evaluation, I’ll compile my findings in an easy-to-read report, which will include detailed descriptions and high-resolution digital photos of any issues I’ve discovered. I’ll deliver your report within 24 hours, and my job isn’t finished until you understand everything in it.
What to Expect
Please ensure that you have signed the inspection agreement by noon prior to the day of the inspection. Payment is also required prior to the inspection, if you’d like to pay with cash or card at the time of inspection, that is fine, and you can reply to the email that was sent to let me know.
If the home is vacant, I recommend confirming with your realtor that the water, power, and gas is on.As well as confirming that all shut off valves and/or breakers are in the on position, as my insurance does not allow me to activate and shut down items or appliances.
If the home is occupied, I recommend consulting with your realtor and/or the seller(s) to ensure that the attic is accessible with any personal belongings removed from access locations. Personal belongings should also be removed from areas surrounding major appliances (HVAC and Water Heaters), crawl space accesses, electrical panels, etc. If personal belongings are present in these areas at the time of inspection, these items and areas will be inspected as best I can from visible portions, as personal items are not moved for the sake of accessibility.
There is language available that can be used as an addendum to your purchase contract that will ensure this is done. The language is as follows: A. In addition to Seller’s obligation under this agreement to have all utilities, services, and other items operational during all inspections, Seller will also ensure that the crawl space, garage, and/or attic areas will be accessible and free of debris and/or personal articles. B. If anything is unable to be tested and/or inspected during any of the inspections because Seller did not have the utility services and other items operational, and as a result Buyer’s inspections that were paid for by buyer were unable to be performed, then Seller agrees to ensure that the utility services and other items will be operational during any follow up inspections, and the Seller will pay for any and all fees incurred by buyer in order to have the non-functioning items re-inspected.
You’ll receive a reminder email the day prior to your inspection
You are encouraged to attend the inspection for a recap on the deficiencies found with the home. I just ask that you please save any questions for the beginning or end of the inspection as I have a routine and system that is conducted on every home, allowing me to ensure a thorough inspection of every home.
Inspections typically last between 2 – 4 hours based on the age, size, and condition of the home.
Inspection report will be completed and delivered 24 hours after site inspection is completed. Once you have reviewed your report, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Infrared Inspection: Included
I use a state-of-the-art infrared camera to find problems that aren’t always apparent to the naked eye. An IR camera translates the heat signatures of objects into colors on a gradient scale, with higher temperatures appearing as lighter colors, and lower temperatures and wet areas appearing as darker colors. By evaluating these images, I can detect sources of energy loss, locate areas of moisture intrusion, pinpoint dangerous hot spots in the electrical system, and uncover other problems, such as wood-destroying pest and rodent infestations, as well as flue leaks in the chimney, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.