BUYERS HOME INSPECTION
Whether it's a newly built home or an older home you are thinking about buying, a full home inspection should be performed. Why balk at paying a few hundred dollars to perform a home inspection and risk buying a house that could end up costing you costly repairs; potentially thousands of dollars. I am specially trained with decades of practical experience to identify problem areas both small and large that may have been overlooked by the previous owners and to identify which require immediate attention. See What is Included In a Home Inspection for more details.
SELLERS HOUSE INSPECTION
Weather you are selling your own home or using a Realtor, it is always a prudent idea to have a professional home inspection. Knowledge is power. All homes have strengths and weaknesses: we help you answer how serious the problems are and which must be immediately addressed and which can wait. The more you know about your home, the more prepared you will be for negotiation.
NEW CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION(Phase Inspections) - Click HERE for more information
In a new home, the quality of construction is often not what it should be, therefore many buyers opt to have independent reviews of their properties during various stages of the construction process, including foundation, frame and final inspection. This relatively inexpensive inspection protects your purchase, prevents unpleasant surprises, and ensures the quality of the home that you've dreamed about. Click PHOTOS to see actual photos of deficiencies I have found during my inspections on new houses.
WOOD DESTROYING INSECT INSPECTION
Wood destroying insect inspection(WDI) provide extremely valuable information to buyers of both older and newer homes with a detailed written report on areas inspected and evidence found. Wood destroying insects include termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, etc.
1 YEAR NEW HOME WARRANTY INSPECTION
If a builder provides a one year warranty for new construction than it is paramount that the home buyer have a warranty inspection. The buyer creates a 'Punch List' of corrections for the builder to repair under the warranty coverage. Some defects will not be obvious to the untrained eye. Our Warranty Inspection report will provide the buyer with a list of deficiencies that should be repaired by your builder at no cost to you.
As a Home Inspector, some of my longest reports with many deficiencies are on NEW construction. Broken trusses, warped floors, cracks in the foundation, leaks, insufficient insulation and lots and lots of cosmetic defects are just some of the deficiencies I typically find in new construction. Click on One Year Builder Warranty Inspection for more detailed information.
New construction does have to meet or exceed building codes. However, the town's building inspector only looks for certain criteria that meet minimum building codes. Their inspection is usually just to make sure corners were not cut and materials were up to code. When I was a general contractor, more often than not the town’s building inspector would initially look at the building plans, approve them and only come out to the job site 2 to 3 times during the entire construction phase. Rarely do they take the time to go up into an attic space to verify insulation amount, venting or finished electrical work.
You will be reassured knowing that potential problems were addressed before they grow into something that could cost you a great deal down the road.
I am certified by the PA DEP to conduct radon testing. My PA certification number is 2527. The radon certification act requires that anyone who provides any radon-related service or product to the general public must be certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. It is prudent to have a radon test performed for new home buyers and even existing home owners.
WELL WATER TESTING
I can test for bacteria(total coliform, e. Coli), nitrate/nitrite and/or lead in a home's water source.