Our Inspection Services
Buyers Home Inspection
Our Comprehensive buyers home inspection is a 2-4 hour visual examination of all accessible components and systems. Accessible roofs will be walked; all accessible areas of the crawlspace and attic will be entered. A report of approximately 20-30 pages with full color photos of all areas of concern will be prepared. The report will be available the same evening, emailed directly to you and anyone you wish receive a copy. We encourage you to attend the end of the inspection to gain a better understanding of your new home. The inspection process is done in three phases and allows ample time for us to stop and discuss our findings with you. You'll be hard-pressed to find any real estate-related expert who doesn't adamantly suggest that you have an inspection prior to purchasing a home.
Sellers Pre-Listing Home InspectionIf you are selling your home, you might want to consider having a pre-listing inspection prior to listing your home. In today’s real estate market, homebuyers can be choosy and often unreasonable in their negotiations when it comes to repairs. A pre-listing inspection sets the stage for a more qualified sale and provides an opportunity to receive an objective evaluation of the current condition of your home by an unbiased, professional third party. Like any home seller, you want to get the most dollars for your home in the shortest amount of time. Don’t let repairs be a negotiating tool for your buyers. Our pre-listing inspection provides you with powerful benefits:
- Minimize market time by providing a value added benefit to your home with proof of the property’s condition.
- Promotes assurance to your prospects that your home has been inspected by a professional.
- Allows you time to decide to correct problems or adjust your sales price to reflect the estimated repairs or provide the information necessary to disclose the as-is condition of your home eliminating the negotiation of the sales price.
- Increase awareness and promote a sense of trust with your buyers.
New Home Pre-Drywall Inspection
There is nothing more frustrating than having to tear down a wall in your brand new home because you discover that there is a structural issue after the builders have left. Our pre-drywall inspections provide an inspection of the rough framing before the home is insualted or drywalled so that you, the buyer, have eyes on it....our eyes. We can identify a wide variety of issues with the structure as well as the plumbing, electrical, and other systems in this phase of the building process. Consider this type of inspection an "insurance policy" against shoddy work and unintentional mistakes ~ because even the best builders make mistakes. After all, they're only human.
1yr Builders Warranty Inspection
Home builders in North Carolina are required to provide a minimum 1yr warranty on a new homes which is designed to cover system and structural-related problems during the warranty period. A warranty inspection should be performed prior to the expiration of the home warranty contract so that you can address repairable issues with the builder while the warranty is in-force. Otherwise, you may be fully liable for the repair costs on your own should you allow the warranty to expire prior to discovering defects. Warranty inspections allow you to take full-advantage of the warranty's benefits which can save you from paying out-of-pocket for repairs that may otherwise have been the fault of the builder or OEM manufacturer.
You've heard it before: "It broke just as soon as the warranty expired!" If anything, a Warranty Inspection holds builders, installers, suppliers, and manufacturers liable for their work and products. The few-hundred dollars you pay for a warranty inspection could very-well save you from having to hand-over thousands (or tens-of-thousands) of dollars for future repairs and new systems that were damaged before the warranty expiration!
Home Maintenance Inspection
Your home is very much a living entity and should be treated as such. It rises from the ground, inhales and exhales air. It has an internal climate and is affected by the environment around it. It gets sick when systems break down and needs repair when wounded. In most cases, you will not know what is wrong until something breaks down or when what appeared to be just a stain turns into major deterioration. And just like with our own bodies, one symptom is usually a sign of a bigger problem that, if not repaired, can lead to even more and bigger problems later on. Ironically, as large of an investment as a house is, it is maintained far less frequently than a typical car though your house often costs many times as much. We are told to service the oil and perform preventative maintenance on our cars every 3-5k miles; a home rarely ever receives a check-up. Instead, problems that occur in a home are typically only addressed after something breaks or becomes very obvious. At this point the damage is done and the expense can cause a financial strain. Most homeowners give very little consideration to the fact that, if found early on, home related problems can be addressed before those small issues become large problems.
How do you know something is wrong with your home to begin with? The only way to know is to have a professional inspect its components. Just like a car that goes in for a thirty point check-up, a professional home maintenance inspection will cover several hundred of the over 15,000 components your home is made up of. Based on various factors such as tree cover, weather exposure, normal wear and tear, and the finite lifespan of today’s construction materials and mechanical systems, we recommend that you schedule a home maintenance inspection at least every two years. Even if you only plan to reside in the home for a short time, periodic maintenance will save you many dollars down the road. A home maintenance inspection is performed in the same manner as our standard home inspection and we will generate the same easy to read comprehensive report with photos of all areas of major concern.
Radon Gas Testing
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. You can't see radon, you can't smell it or taste it, but it may be a problem in your home. Radon is estimated to cause about 20,000 deaths each year. That's because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. It can get into any type of building.Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem - new and old homes, well- sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements, homes on slabs or crawlspaces - Radon knows no prejudice.
The EPA, HUD and the Surgeon General recommend testing ALL homes for radon.
An inspector certified to perform radon testing is one of your best sources to preventing radon contamination in your home. Find it before you buy and have the seller bear the cost of mitigation.
Termite (WDIR) Inspection
Our termite inspections are sub-contracted to Custom Termite and Pest Control Inc. of Raleigh. I have witnessed nearly every termite inspector in our area perform an inspection and I believe they are the best. This specialized inspection looks for damage caused by any type of insecta, primarily termites that feed on the wood that supports your home's frame, porch, patio, flooring, ceiling, and other places. Of course, not all wood-destroying insects are termites. Ants, bees and beatles, and various larva are also known for making a buffet of your home's wooden elements and thereby compromising the soundness and integrity of your home's ability to support itself. A termite inspection is recommended to be performed with all home inspections except for new homes which are pre-treated at the time of construction.