During Your Inspection…
I’ll be inspecting the home by crawling under it, climbing on top of it, and getting into every safely-accessible nook and cranny possible. I use specialized tools on my inspections, such as an infrared camera and a moisture meter, to ensure that I provide you with a complete and detailed understanding of the home’s condition. These tools help me to detect moisture and other issues within the home’s walls and floors that would be nearly impossible to detect otherwise. Many problems appear normal and will often go undetected without these tools, though many inspectors don’t use them.
I encourage the buyers to attend the inspection with me so that I can explain the home and provide a walk-through summary and answer any questions about the home right then and there. The entire inspection process generally takes about 3 to 4 hours.
A general home inspection includes the following areas of the home, as long as they are visible and safely accessible.
- Exterior and site
- Roof & structure
- Chimneys & fireplaces
- Foundation & crawl space
- Attic, insulation & ventilation
- Electrical system
- Plumbing system
- HVAC (heating and cooling)
- Ceilings, walls, and floors
- Windows and doors
- Kitchen appliances
A sewer scope is important as it informs you of any damage or defects present in the home’s sewer line. This is especially beneficial for older homes, but recommended on all home as issues are regularly detected on homes of all ages, and can save homebuyers money by detecting issues early.
Radon is a radioactive gas that causes lung cancer and can be found in the home. It is impossible to detect radon gas without the use of special tools and equipment. High levels of radon are common in the Pacic Northwest and testing is recommended. When elevated levels are detected, steps for remediation are fairly easy and usually highly effective.
Mold can negatively impact the health of you and your family, but cannot be positively identified except through lab analysis. Mold sampling with specialized equipment is offered to determine if hazardous amounts of mold or mold spores are present in the home.
Well and Water Testing
In order to know if the water in your home is safe for use and consumption, it’s important to have it tested for signs of lead and other harmful contaminants. Lead is dangerous for both contact and consumption and can sometimes be found in water lines or sources.
Carbon Monoxide Testing
Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and invisible gas, and prolonged exposure to it can be fatal. With specialized tools and equipment, we can detect levels of the gas in your home.
Shop and Outbuilding Inspection
I also offer complete inspections of shops and outbuildings.