INFRARED (THERMAL) INSPECTIONS
An infrared inspection is a non-invasive predictive maintenance technique that uses an infrared imaging and measurement camera to “see” and “measure” thermal energy emitted from surfaces within a building. Infrared cameras see “heat” (our eyes see “light”), and therefore infrared cameras (by definition) can see what our eyes cannot see. I utilize this infrared camera to locate an array of building conditions. Combined with my traditional home inspection techniques, the infrared inspection method reveals substantially more of the house than can be perceived by the naked eye and many conventional inspection tools. Don’t settle for a standard visual home inspection that may overlook hidden problems! Thermal imaging exposes potential problems in living color.
For Buyers: STANDARD HOME INSPECTION or PRE-PURCHASE INSPECTIONS
A Pre-purchase inspection is usually performed after a property has been put on the Real Estate market by a Seller, but before a potential Buyer has taken possession of the property prior to the closing contract. The Buyer will usually sign a contingency agreement with the Seller prior to ordering this type of home inspection. If a property fails to meet the Buyer’s expectations as a result of the home inspection, then the sale of the home could be jeopardized. In many cases, a Buyer’s Inspection will help both the Buyer and the Seller to identify damages or other issues that may exist with a property so that both parties can either renegotiate the selling price or the Seller has the option of taking the responsibility of repairing the property at the Seller’s expense, prior to close of escrow.
Even if the Seller has already performed a Seller’s Inspection and has a report from another home inspector, Buyers should always perform their own home inspection to prevent “Seller’s bias” in any way, shape or form. I will perform a complete inspection of your prospective home, which includes evaluating over 400 items throughout the home. It normally takes me approximately 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours to complete the home inspection depending on the size and the existing condition of the home.
Sellers: PRE-LISTING HOME INSPECTIONS
Pre-Listing or “Seller” Inspections are normally performed by the Seller prior to listing their home on the real estate market, but it can also be performed while the home is actually listed. The earlier the Seller has this inspection performed, the more time they will have to make needed or wanted repairs. This will decrease the likelihood of a long list of repair requests from the Buyer’s side, which in turn, will speed up the sale and the closing process.
Builders: NEW CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS
New Construction inspections are usually performed immediately after your new home has been built and is considered “ready” for occupancy by the builder and appropriate legal authorities (such as a zoning or code inspector). I will perform a complete inspection of the new home and components. Even though the components are brand new, my inspection procedures are the same as they are in the older homes. It will include evaluating more than 400 items throughout the home. It normally takes me approximately 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours to complete this inspection, depending on the size of the home and the builder’s workmanship.
FIRST ANNUAL WARRANTY INSPECTIONS
New Homes – A warranty inspection is performed prior to the 1-year expiration of your newly built home warranty that was provided to you by your builder at your closing. A warranty inspection is used to take advantage of the features and benefits of your home warranty to assure that necessary repairs guaranteed under your builder’s warranty are executed, should I discover any existing issues or problems. I will perform a complete inspection of your new home, which includes evaluating over 400 items throughout the home. All warranty inspection reports are completed the same day and will be handed to you at the conclusion of the home inspection.
• Office Buildings
• Apartment Buildings
• Industrial Warehouses
• Retail Space
• Multi-Family Housing
• Condominium Complexes
A Commercial inspection is a detailed visual inspection of the building’s structure (inside and out) and the mechanical systems within. I will be performing an objective examination of your prospective building and property to assure you that its’ existing condition meets your approval. Knowing the condition of a commercial building will allow you to budget more accurately and provide for expenditures down the road — whether it’s a new roof, replacing an HVAC system or simple maintenance or safety related items.
What Will Be Inspected and How Long Will it Take?
Most inspections take about 3 hours to complete, but it depends on the home’s square footage. You will need to make sure that all utilities to the property are on so that we may inspect all of the home’s components.
The inspection includes observing the following:
Structure – Condition of the structural components, including the attic and crawl space or basement. Construction methods and materials. Evidence of moisture and/or pest intrusion.
Roof – Materials, condition and performance of the roof coverings, flashing’s, chimneys, gutters and downspouts.
Exterior – Materials and condition of the exterior cladding, doors and windows, driveway and walkways, deck and porches, and lot drainage.
Electrical – General condition of the electrical service, main panel, and visible wiring. Random testing of switches and outlets, light fixtures, and ceiling fans.
Heating and Air Conditioning – General condition and operation of the visible portion of the furnace and air conditioning units, duct work, Insulation and Ventilation – Overall condition of attic and crawl space
insulation and ventilation. Operation of exhaust fans.
Plumbing – General condition and operation of the plumbing system, including the water heater, plumbing fixtures, and all visible supply piping and drains.
Interior – General condition of the walls, ceilings, floor coverings, windows and doors, cabinets and counter-tops.
Appliances – General condition and operation of the major appliances.
Who Should Attend a Home Inspection?
We welcome and encourage you to participate in the inspection process. When you attend, you can ask questions and voice any concerns you may have about the property. We can review with you the results of the inspection and point out any problems found. Your Realtor may also want to attend.