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Whole Home Inspections

     Whole Home Inspections are the backbone for a complete picture of your home's health. Whether you're buying a home, preparing to sell a home, or just want to check in on how your home is doing, we're here. We will inspect your home from top to bottom. We will identify significant issues, health and safety hazards, and maintenance items to keep an eye on.

     You can add on extra services (such as a mold inspection, termite inspection, or gas line check) to get a more focused look at some of the possible issues. 

   Whole home inspections are ideal for:

  • Buyers who want to know the condition of the home they are planning to purchase

  • Sellers who want to save time and money by correcting issues before they list their home for sale

  • Homeowners who want to take full advantage of their home warranties by discovering issues that can be fixed before they expire

  • Homeowners who want to keep their homes in good shape by identifying potential issues early

 
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Air and Moisture Inspections

What you need to know about air quality:

  • Air quality tests analyze the air in your home for formaldehyde and other VOCs.

  • Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in many new construction materials and has been linked to eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as affecting lung function.

  • VOCs are volatile organic compounds, or chemicals in the air that can be hazardous to your health. They are often found in construction materials, such as subflooring, paint, roofing materials, and more.

  • Our tests analyze the levels of these chemicals in your air so you know if they safe, or if they need to be addressed through sealing or other means.

 What you need to know about mold:

  • Anywhere there is moisture and air, there is mold. Outside, mold plays an important part in our ecosystems. Inside, mold can wreak havoc on your family's health, especially on those with compromised immune systems, children, and the elderly. It also consumes the material it affects, compromising the integrity of your home.

  • Given its ability to grow with so little requirements, mold can be difficult, costly, and time - consuming to remove, so it's important to catch it as quickly as possible.

  • Whether you're buying a house or just want to learn more about your current home, getting a mold test is always a good idea. We will perform an air test to determine what kind(s) of mold you have in your home and how much of each kind there is. We will also get samples of visible mold to test directly. 

  • When you schedule a mold test with a moisture inspection, we will also evaluate potential sources of moisture intrusion so you can stop the mold at its source.

 
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Inspection Add Ons

  Gas Line Checks:

  • Natural gas leaks can be easy to overlook. Minor leaks can go unnoticed, which means you end up paying for unused gas. More severe leaks present a significant safety hazard, as natural gas is combustible!

  • In a gas line check, we use specialized tools to check the sources of natural gas in your home to ensure there are no leaks, big or small. 

  • Possible sources of leaks are your furnace, stove, water heater, fireplace, or any other appliance that uses natural gas!

Wood Destroying Insect Inspections:

  • Wood Destroying Insects are insects that tear away at the wood in your home, including the wood in your structural supports and walls! Examples of wood destroying insects are termites, carpenter bees, powder post beetles, and carpenter ants. These insects attack not only moist or rotting wood, but also new, healthy wood that would otherwise last for years to come. 

  • During a WDI inspection, we inspect your house inside and out for both the insects themselves and signs that they've been there. We are actually licensed for these inspections much like an exterminator, but we do not treat for them. That way, you know you are getting an honest assessment.

  • While WDI Inspections are a good idea for most houses, they are required for some types of mortgage loans. Check with your realtor if you aren't sure if you need one. 

 
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Miscellaneous Services

Pre-Drywall Inspections:

  • Just because a home is new doesn't mean there aren't any problems. We have seen structural supports out of place, windows with broken seals, improperly installed flashing on roofs, and more... all on newly built houses!

  • Much of the structure of your new home will be hidden inside the walls once your home is complete, making it impossible to see at your final walkthrough. A pre-drywall inspection gives us a chance to see any issues we can't see later- and gives you a chance to ensure your builder fixes them!