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Certified Home Inspections

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Professional Inspections

An inspection is a vital part of the process prior to buying or selling a new property - for the buyer - to help protect yourself against unseen issues or - for the seller - to make sure things are in top shape to provide a better value and obtain top dollar before selling. Either way, as a professional certified  inspector I want to make sure everything is functional and safe. Every building may have some minor or major issues depending upon its age or condition and it’s my job - if they exist - to find those problems for you. 


I have conducted inspections for over seven years and I’m trained to look for evidence of problems that may exist at the time of inspection, but I readily admit, I am not Superman and do not have X-Ray vision to see through walls or under the ground to discover broken sewer pipes. All building inspections are limited and no one can guarantee every possible problem will be discovered. 


However, to aid in the finding of hidden problems I utilize an Infrared Thermal Imager  (Premium  Inspection  Only) that can help uncover problems the human eye cannot see. Such as; moisture issues, insulation gaps, air leakage, HVAC and electrical overloads and water leaks. Gas  leak  detection  can be a safety concern and is provided  with  any  service I perform.  I will walk every roof, crawl under every house and investigate every attic that is safe and accessible, because I believe that is the best way to provide a thorough and effective service. Every inspection I perform will provide an easy to read report highlighting any improvements, repairs or cosmetic defects. 


According to InterNACHI’s (SOP) Standards of Practice, “A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.” Please read InterNACHI SOP pdf at the bottom of the ”About  Us” page. 


The  inspection  will  include the  following major  components  unless  otherwise  noted  on  the  inspection  agreement:
General Bldg Information
Grounds
Exterior and Foundation
Crawl Space
Basement
Roof
Attic and Roof Structure
Garage or Carport
Electric
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
Water Heater
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and Flues
Kitchen
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
Interior, Doors and Windows
Wood Destroying Organism Findings

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I will walk every roof, crawl under every house and investigate every attic that is safe and accessible, because I believe that is the best way to provide a thorough and effective service. Every inspection I perform will provide an easy to read report highlighting any improvements, repairs or cosmetic defects. 

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Infrared (IR) Thermal Imaging

An  infrared  camera  can  be  used  during  a  building  inspection  to  locate hidden  problems.  A  thermal  imaging  camera “sees” in  temperature  difference  of  the  materials  and  systems  within  the  home.  Since  most all  objects  radiate energy  the  IR  camera  views  this  as  infrared  radiation.  


Unseen  problems  can  be  present  such  as;  water  leaks,  moisture  problems,  overheating  components  in  HVAC  equipment  or  appliances,  overloaded  electrical  circuits, insulation  gaps  and  more.  Though,  a  thermal imager  is  very  useful  it  does  have  limitations .  For  example,  they  cannot  find broken  sewer  drains  under  concrete  slabs  and  any  findings  must  be  confirmed  with  a  secondary  means  of  diagnosis. 


Understanding  data  the  camera  shows  is  essential to  interpret  the  information  correctly.  That’s  why  you  want  to  hire  an  Infrared  Certified  Inspector  with  a  background  in building construction.  I  offer  this  service with a premium residential or  commercial  inspection.

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We  offer  this  service with a  Premium  Residential or  Commercial  Inspection.  Hire  us today for  an  Infrared  Certified  Inspection. 

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Energy Audit

A building is a complex series of individual systems that don’t always work together seamlessly or very efficiently. Many times utility costs are the last things considered when purchasing a new home or business. The problem is utility costs keep rising.  


Every  building  is  different  and will consume more or less energy, depending  upon  the  building’s air tightness, insulation  levels, type, age and efficiency of the  HVAC units, etc. With these and other factors combined it’s difficult to know for certain what the real energy costs will be before moving in. Though, I cannot tell you what your exact utility costs will be,  I may be able to provide additional insight and in some cases obtain actual energy-use reports from the prior occupants.


As  a  Certified  Energy  Auditor,  I am trained to find potential energy waste and will offer a thorough residential or commercial energy audit evaluation regarding the overall efficiency of the building as a whole. I inspect and gather information related to the attic and crawlspace areas, insulation type and levels, exterior wall and roofing assemblies, HVAC equipment, building air tightness and penetrations, mechanical ventilation, appliances, lighting and more. 


Utilizing diagnostic tools and IR thermal imaging cameras I am able to find inefficiencies and help you determine how cost effective the building may be.  Next, I put this information together in an easy-to-read report to help you discover ways to make the building more efficient and take advantage of any utility rebates available in your area.

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We can also help you discover ways to make the building more efficient and take advantage of any utility rebates available in your area.