Pre-Purchase Home Inspection
The purpose of
As your inspector, you are our top priority. Our job is to provide you with the most detailed information about the home you are purchasing. In addition to evaluating the structure and major systems and components of the home, we will be addressing health and safety issues, making recommendations and counseling on repair options and maintenance. Please make every effort to attend and participate in the inspection, as there is a wealth of knowledge to be gained. To eliminate any possible conflict of interest, we will not perform, or offer to perform, any repairs to the home. We are trained to identify and sort through the multitude of major systems and components of a home and deliver a report of their functional status.
Pre-Sale Home Inspection
Pre-Listing or sellers home inspections are not as well known as the buyer’s inspection but they are the same! Yes, it is true; we do the exact same inspection for the seller as we would do for the buyer. The only difference is the timing and timing in this case is peace of mind. When the seller has an inspection done before the house hits the market, he’s armed with the knowledge of everything that’s right about the house, and also everything that’s wrong. He can make arrangements to repair what needs it, and move forward with the confidence that nothing scary will emerge during the buyer’s inspection.
The pre-listing inspection can be used in two ways: it can allow the seller an opportunity to address and correct an issue before the home is listed and it can provide insight on how to more accurately and fairly price a house to be sold. The pre-listing inspection can then be included as part of the offering package as evidence of the due-diligence performed in determining the listing price. Knowing what the problems with a house are and setting a listing price accordingly can help to reduce or even eliminate the need for renegotiation headaches. Remember, the problems are going to come to light regardless as the buyer will be performing their own home inspection. The question is whether the buyer’s inspection highlights new revelations that can possibly turn a deal upside-down, or if it reveals old news that the seller has known about since before the house was put on the market and has already disclosed, or little-to-no news if a seller has already addressed any major issues present.
New Construction Inspection
If you are buying a newly built or custom built home, having an inspection before closing is essential. A New Construction Inspection will determine whether all the systems and components of your new home are operating as intended and notify you of any health or safety issues. If any problems exist, you can require the builder to make repairs or corrections before you take possession.
Commercial inspections are completed for properties like apartment complexes, motels, office buildings, retail stores
The scope of the inspection needed and the specific areas to be inspected are based on various factors. Age, occupancy and type of construction are considered when determining how the property will be inspected and the performance criteria needed to complete a quality inspection. Inspections can range from a visual examination of the
Mold… the building damage and health issues it creates are real concerns for today’s
The purpose of an infrared inspection to detect for possible mold issues is to:
-locate the moisture sources, if present, which can lead to mold growth if left
-identify the areas where mold contamination is most likely to
And here are the benefits of using infrared in detecting possible mold contamination areas of your home:
-infrared quickly and accurately locates where the moisture problems actually are on the materials that will generate mold growth
-infrared is a non-destructive detection method
-infrared is an advanced technology application for detecting the possible presence of mold or
-infrared gives you the visual documentation that will reveal the possibility of molds potential threat to your property and/or peoples health
The use of Infrared Technology is an important addition to moisture assessments and visual observations as it identifies temperature anomalies that could indicate areas with hidden sources of mold growth and water damage. This information source should be considered an enhancement to visual observations and a screening method to investigate moisture intrusions. Additional findings of thermal anomalies may be detected which have no moisture-related connection despite the observed temperature differential. These observed anomalies could be caused by improperly installed or missing building insulation or by air entering/exiting the building.
It should be strongly emphasized that Infrared Cameras do not “see thru walls”. The camera detects thermal anomalies at the surface of a material. The unique picture generated by the camera has an interesting x-ray quality image which could mislead the layperson.
While the advancement of infrared technologies allows for a more thorough assessment of homes and buildings, these tools require correct data interpretation. Proper training in Thermography is required to educate the inspector in the collection and interpretation of the information provided by this state of the art tool.
Locate Water Intrusions & Leaks
This third floor washing machine leak was located with the help of an Infrared Camera.
Locate Roof Leaks
The use of an Infrared Camera helped to define the roof leak (yellow areas) on the flat roof of this commercial building, eliminating the need for a total roof repair, and reducing the cost of repair to the impacted area only.
Locate Interior Issues
Infrared Camera Thermography can assist in pinpointing water intrusions, decreasing the guessing and related costs in opening walls to find a leak, allowing for a less costly, quicker repair of the damage. Additional issues such as missing insulation can be easily found, as well as infiltration of unwanted outdoor air, and conditioned air escaping to the outdoors.
Thermography: Technically Speaking
Heat is referred to as the transfer of electromagnetic energy, in the infrared band, through either conduction, convection, or radiation between two or more substances. The measurement of the transfer of this infrared energy is called temperature. There is no heat or temperature without this energy transfer. Infrared energy is invisible to the human eye but can be felt, sensed, and measured. Thermography is the observation of this energy using an Infrared Camera to capture the images of those anomalies, allowing the operator to locate building issues not visible to the human eye.
The three home components you will have surveyed in your IR Home Performance Assessment:
1) A complete building enclosure IR scan, showing interior and exterior views.
2) Investigation and documentation of any condensation or water issues.
3) Roof Scan
IR Home Performance Assessment
You will receive a ‘whole-house’ Infrared Inspection starting with an interior IR assessment of each room inside of the house. We show and document for you the good and the bad results pertaining to cold air intrusion and moisture related locations, as well as any other IR observable interior anomalies. Also, the exterior of the building enclosure, the outside surfaces, will be scanned for heat loss locations. Refer to Figures 1, 2, and 3. Fleet telematics monitors location, movements, status of fleet vehicles in real-time.
We also take the extra time during the interior and exterior scans to assess any possibilities of water or moisture damage, and these conditions will be documented if they occur in your home as well. Water damage to ceilings, interior and exterior walls, plumbing chases, doors and windows are all detectable with infrared scanning. Refer to Figures 3 and 4.
And, the roof is assessed thermally as well. We can show you where your possible water issues are occurring, where excessive heat loss is, where ice damming will occur and if a construction defect is evident.
And, we go one step further. We provide you with Infrared Images of the air leakage occurring in your home for documentation. You can ‘see’ our results! We use Infrared technology to locate the air infiltration, not smoke pencils or the back of the hand feeling for air leaks.
These five factors makes up your IR Home Performance Assessment. Your Infrared Report will summarize all aspects of your home’s thermal performance issues and recommend necessary corrections.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed