We provide a full range of inspection services to meet all your home and small business needs.
From a comprehensive report on the overall condition of your home to a short but important safety review of areas.
It is a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home to find items that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe.
If a problem or a symptom of a problem is found the home inspector will include a description of the problem in a written report and may recommend further evaluation. Before you close, you need to consider whether or not repairs are needed now and who’s going to pay for them.
The primary purpose of a roof is to protect the building from rain, snow, sun and wind. Roofs also affect the appearance of a building.
Roofs provide some mechanical protection against falling objects, although hail damage for example, is common.
The exterior components of a building work together to provide a weathertight skin, if all the parts are doing their job. Protection against intruders, both animal and human, is also offered by the building skin. Exterior components are often the most neglected parts of a home.
The structure of a home is the skeleton, which includes the foundations and footings as well as the floors, walls, and roof. Structures are judged by how well they are able to stand still. Successful structures do not move; unsuccessful ones do, sometimes dramatically.
Electricity has become an important element of every North American home. It provides lighting, heating and power for electric motors and electronics such as controls and computers. Our homes would not be nearly as comfortable or as convenient without electricity. On the other hand, electricity is dangerous. It has to be installed and used properly to be safe. Electricity is tricky because it is invisible, it is complicated and it can kill.
The purpose of a heating system is obvious. How well a heating system performs is not so obvious. A well-designed heating system is large enough to provide adequate heat on the coldest day, is reliable, is inexpensive to install and operate (efficient), is quick to respond to its controls, can heat all parts of the home equally or differentially, and is safe. There is no one heating system that performs all of these functions perfectly
There are many types of air conditioning and heat pump systems; however, they all work on the same principle.
They move heat from a relatively cool space to a relatively warm space. In the summer, they take heat from the house air and transfer it to the exterior.
This heat may be transferred to the outside air, a body of water, or into the ground.
The importance of insulation depends on where you live. Homes in the north benefit more from insulation than homes in the south. Different regions have different strategies to deal with moisture movement and ventilation. Poorly insulated homes are expensive to heat but may be comfortable. Almost any house can be warm if the thermostat is set high enough.
The purpose of a house plumbing system is twofold. On the supply side, the idea is to get water for drinking, washing and cooking to the appropriate areas of the house.
The majority of the piping in a home, both supply and waste, is concealed in walls, ceilings and underground making leakage, obstructions, or other problems difficult to identify.
The interior of a home provides clues to structural issues and is often the area where water leakage is first noted. The interior finishes themselves reflect the overall building quality, and their condition indicates the level of maintenance. Each room should have an adequate heat supply and sufficient electrical outlets. Doors and windows should operate properly. Home inspectors focus on function rather than appearance, and emphasis is placed on whether the room will work as it was intended.