For Home Buyers & Sellers AND for Real Estate Professionals
A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, in connection with a residential real estate transaction. This service is performed by an Internachi certified home inspector which includes the evaluation of the exterior surface components of the home including a visual inspection of the accessible areas of the roofing surface, the ventilation components and the exposed surface areas of the chimney, the main distribution panel box(s) (MDPB), any sub-panel boxes and other accessible related components to the electrical system, a visual inspection of the HVAC system, hot water heater and related components of the plumbing system, exposed areas of the foundation walls and structural components of the sub-flooring. Interior areas of the home include windows, doors, bathrooms, kitchens, garage, fireplace(s) and accessible areas of the attic(s).
After the completion of the inspection, a comprehensive report will be emailed within 24 hours. The inspections are conducted in accordance with the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (Internachi). A copy of the Standards of Practice are available upon request or by visiting the internachi website at http://www.nachi.org/sop.htm
Wood Destroying Insect Inspection
This is an inspection of readily accessible areas of the structure to determine the presence of visual evidence of wood destroying insects, including safely accessible areas of the attic and crawlspace at the time of the inspection. Upon completion of the inspection, the inspector will provide a verbal assessment of the property and an NPMA report will be emailed within 24 hours.
A radon test is a measurement that is calculated using a specific device to determine the presence of radon gas within one’s home and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that everyone test their home. EPA states that “Radon is an odorless, invisible, radioactive gas that can enter the home from the ground through cracks in the foundation. It’s a know human carcinogen, that is the second leading cause of lung cancer”.
This service will be provided by a third party vendor who holds a certification with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Agency to perform the certified test. A separate report will be generated by this third party vendor and provided by via email usually within 48-72 hours after the day of the test.
Well Water Testing
A water test is usually performed on homes with a private well that carries groundwater within the homes plumbing system for domestic consumption and is recommended that well owners test their water for PH levels, metals, chemicals, arsenic, bacteria, nitrates and any other contaminants of concerns that are requested by the homeowner or potential buyer. The collected samples and the laboratory evaluation will be performed by a third party vendor. A separate report will be generated by this vendor and provided via email within 3-7 business days, starting from the day after the collected samples are retrieved.
A septic inspection is performed on a property that holds an on-site wastewater system, which the system itself and components are buried underground. The Environmental Protection Agency say “these standalone system are designed to dispose of and treat household’s wastewater independently and are not connected to the public waste system. This inspection will be performed by a third party vendor and a report will be generated and provided via email within 24-48 hours upon completion of their inspection.
Mold Inspection & Indoor Air Quality
When a mold inspection is conducted, it is a non-invasive evaluation of a property to identify any potential moisture intrusion along with any visible signs of suspected microbial growth (mold). Microbial growth is most commonly found in areas such as basements, crawlspaces, attic areas, closets, bathrooms and any other potentially damp area within a home or structure.
When conditions warrant an indoor air quality test, several different methods may be applied to collect the samples, which include airborne spore traps, bio-tape products, swab samples or a physical material sample. The information is then documented on the chain of custody, then analyzed by an accredited laboratory to see what they contain. Once the samples have been evaluated, the laboratory will generate a detailed report usually within 3-5 business days along with any further direction that may be required.
Thermal Imaging Scan
This is a service that will be performed by an individual who has successfully completed the required hours of classroom training and rewarded the Certified Residential Thermographer (CRT) certification. The individual will use a Flir-E thermal imaging camera using the cameras field of view to detect tiny difference in heat of objects. Thermal scans of the electrical panel box(s) for overheated components, checking proper temperature measurements at the distribution areas of the HVAC system, radiant floor heat for proper functionality and walls/ceiling surfaces for missing insulation and moisture intrusion.
Photographs are taken and any potentially defective concerns will be documented in the home inspection report requiring repair and further evaluation by a qualified professional.