Home Inspections are conducted by a certified member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI®) who are committed to New York State's Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics*.
The home inspection will take between two to three hours. I strongly encourage you to attend the inspection to a clearly understand the condition of each inspection component and can answer any questions or concerns at that time.
The purpose of a home inspection is to observe and report on the physical condition of the subject property and to provide a professional evaluation regarding the structures current condition.
The inspection reviews structural, electrical, plumbing and HVAC components of each structure which are then carefully examined for condition, safety operation condition including extent of defects. I provide a thorough walk-through noting the physical condition of the building systems and components.
Whether you are buying or selling a home—or both—you are likely to have a thorough home inspection before you make any decisions. Most people are familiar with termites and wet basements. But what about “environmental hazards”?
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for the presence of radon.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It comes from the decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. Radon gas is colorless, odorless, and without taste.
When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Wood Destroying Insects (WDI)
Many homeowners are aware of the damage termites can cause but there are three other Wood Destroying Insects that can severely damage your home's structural integrity;
- Carpenter Ants
- Carpenter Bees
- Powder Post Beetles
These WDI's can create havoc on your home and need to be identified in order to prevent further damage.
Inspection of the plumbing, roof or HVAC system may reveal water leakage and visible mold. If you have leakage, most likely mold is present. The inspection does not include identifying mold but if there is any indication of water damage or mold I can refer you to an expert who will investigate further.