Services

I offer a wide range of inspection and testing services.

Your home is a complicated structure that can present problems from many different sources. I provide services to keep you on top of the most important areas. Here's a list of all the services I offer and a brief explanation of why they're important. If you would like to inquire about other services, please contact me - this list is not all-inclusive.

Complete Home Inspection

As a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) your inspection will be conducted to the NACHI Standards of Practice and the following items will be inspected:

  • Roof, soffits, vents and flashings
  • Drainage, Grade, Gutters and downspouts
  • Skylights, chimney and roof penetrations
  • Decks, porches, walkways, and railings
  • Basement, foundation and crawlspace
  • Water penetration
  • Foundation movement
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Water main shut off valves
  • Water heating system
  • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
  • Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
  • Electrical service line and meter box
  • Main disconnect and service amperage
  • Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
  • Grounding and bonding
  • GFCIs and AFCIs
  • Fireplace damper door and hearth
  • Insulation and ventilation
  • Garage doors, sensors, and openers

Radon Testing

Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you're at even higher risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.

The US EPA,Surgeon General, American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and National Safety Council recommend testing your home for radon because testing is the only way to know your home's radon levels. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon. It typically takes years of exposure before any problems surface.

Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It can be easily controlled if it is present and the first step is to determine whether it is indeed a problem. I provided Carbon Canister testing for Radon. This type of test accurately determines whether the levels of Radon present on the property are safe or unsafe. Most of the United States has some level of Radon present in the soil. The levels vary depending on the geology of the region. Even so, homes tend to trap the gasses as they rise from the ground. So it is very important to have your home tested.

Smoke Detector Testing

Every so often we hear in the news about a family who loses loved ones in a house fire. It is often reported, "There were smoke detectors in the home, but it is not known if they were working or not." Our first thought is often that the batteries were dead or missing. However, many times the batteries are fine and the alarms operable - in many cases they are even tested with the button on the detector, and the homeowner receives a false sense of security.

Experts recommend that the smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 10 years. This is because the sensors in the detectors wear out over time, and after about 10 years, the chances that the sensors will not operate correctly are much higher. I inspect your detectors with the only UL approved tester. Call me to check your detectors, and rest easy knowing that your family has a chance for early fire detection.

There are two main types of smoke alarms. Ionization alarms respond faster to flaming fires, such as those involving paper or flammable liquids. Photoelectric alarms respond faster to smoldering fires, such as those ignited by cigarettes in upholstered furniture, bedding materials, and mattresses. Dual ionization/photoelectric alarms are also available.

New Construction Inspections

Pre-drywall inspections performed by properly qualified home inspectors are an important step in assuring the quality of a newly constructed property. Our new construction inspection services are tailored to your specific needs and include: single pre-drywall inspections, individual construction phase inspections, series of construction phase inspections and final walk-through inspections.

Most contractors have some type of quality control. However, their quality control may only consist of a single review at the final phase of construction. Without inspecting each system of the property before the drywall goes up, it is impossible to determine if there are any hidden construction defects. City and county building inspectors are only required to verify that buildings meet minimum code requirements and they are often rushed to meet a busy schedule, which can lead to construction errors going unnoticed.

When a property is under construction there are many things that can go wrong, which may take years to surface. Errors during construction can often lead to expensive repairs in the future. Construction defects can be expensive to repair after the construction has been completed, but many can be easily fixed if they are discovered while construction is still underway.

Consulting Inspection

We provide consulting inspection for your home improvement projects such as remodeling, additions, and new construction phases. Key benefits for you include quality control of contractors that you hire and unbiased knowledge on construction techniques being used. We can customize an inspection report to fit your needs.

1 Year Warranty Inspection

We identify items that need to be fixed or corrected before your builders warranty is set to expire. You will then be able to submit the inspection report to the builder so they may repair the defective items before it is too late.

Prices
 
 Standard Home Inspection                                   $280
            (based on homes up to 2,000 Sq. Ft. (TFLA))
Standard Condo Inspection                                  $230
Radon Test (with Home Inspection)                    $110
                 Separate                                               $130
Termite Inspection                                                  $75 
 

My Promise to You

Choosing the right home inspector can be difficult. Unlike most professionals, you probably will not get to meet me until after you hire me.  Furthermore, different inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods, and yes, different pricing.  One thing for sure is that a home inspection requires work, a lot of work.  Ultimately a thorough inspection depends heavily on the individual inspector’s own effort.  If you honor me by permitting me to inspect your home, I guarantee that I will give you my very best effort.  This I promise you

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