Our Standard Home Inspection
We will inspect the structure, systems and components of the home, inside and out, from the foundation to the roof, using the latest tools and technology.
We encourage you to attend your inspection so that we can describe our process, explain our findings, point out important maintenance items, and answer all of your questions.
As New York State-licensed Certified Professional Inspectors® trained by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), we adhere to a comprehensive Residential Standards of Practice. This means that we will inspect all of the following, when visible and accessible:
• Structural Components
• Attic, Ventilation & Insulation
• Exterior Cladding, including EIFS
• Porch & Deck
• Attached Garage
• Electrical System
• Plumbing System
• HVAC System
• Interior, including:
• Ceilings, Floors & Walls
Review our Standards of Practice at www.nachi.org/sop.htm for complete details.
Your Inspection Report
Following our evaluation, we will compile our findings in an easy-to-read report, which will include detailed descriptions and high-resolution digital photos of any issues we have discovered. We will email you your report within 24 hours of completion of the home inspection, and our job isn’t finished until you understand everything in it.
Thermal Imaging Inspection
An infrared inspection can identify and document moisture intrusion, energy loss, and even unexpected hot spots.
In terms of energy loss, an IR camera can detect:
- heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors;
- damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems;
- air-conditioner compressor leaks;
- under-fastening and/or missing framing members, and other structural defects that can lead to energy loss; and
- broken seals in double-paned windows.
In terms of detecting moisture intrusion, an IR camera can locate:
- plumbing leaks;
- hidden roof leaks before they cause serious damage;
- missing, damaged and/or wet insulation; and
- water and moisture intrusion around penetrations and at the foundation and building envelope that could lead to structural damage and mold.
IR cameras are equally effective at locating hot spots in the home, including:
- circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement;
- overloaded and undersized circuits;
- overheated electrical equipment and components; and
- electrical faults before they cause a fire.
Additionally, based on the color gradients that thermal images provide, an inspector can locate:
- possible pest infestation, as revealed by energy loss through shelter tubes left by boring wood-destroying insects;
- the presence of intruders, such as rats, mice and other larger pests hiding within the structure and detected because of their heat signature that the IR camera captures; and
- dangerous flue leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents.
Seller’s Pre-Listing Inspection
- It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical and neutral third party.
- It alerts you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
- It may alert you to items of immediate concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
- It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that …
- Defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
- There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy Permit.
- You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
- It helps you to price your home realistically.
- It may relieve prospects’ concerns and suspicions.
- It may encourage the buyer to waive his inspection contingency.
- It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
11th-Month Builder’s Warranty Inspection
Most builders offer a one-year warranty on the materials and workmanship of a new home. I’ll come out during the 11th month and perform a full inspection before the builder’s warranty expires so that you don’t have to go out of pocket for repairs of covered items.
Annual Home Maintenance Inspection
Especially if you’re a new homeowner, an Annual Home Maintenance Inspection can help you understand and plan for the demands of maintaining your home properly. Some tasks are seasonal, and some items require more frequent attention. Let me help you start on the path of responsible home ownership by identifying any issues, and educating you about what should be done each year to keep your home in top condition. Even if you’re a veteran homeowner, my inspection can verify whether your home’s maintenance is sufficient, or whether any problems have developed during the past year.