A home inspection is a visual process where all of the items typically used within a home are tested and/or operated to verify proper operation or installation. Doors and windows are checked, roofing materials inspected, and air-conditioning and heating systems operated. The inspector will fill the sink(s) and tub(s), run the shower(s), and flush the toilet(s). Throughout the whole process, notes will be taken on the condition and operation of the components tested. Upon completion, a report will be distributed to you.
Warranty inspections are performed during the 11th month of your one-year builder warranty. The inspection will be performed to verify that proper building techniques were used and that the various components of the home were properly installed. You will be presented with a completed report at the end of the inspection, along with digital photos taken as needed for inaccessible areas.
Investor property inspections are performed before a purchase is completed, as well as periodically during ownership. Pre-purchase inspections are implemented to identify defects prior to taking ownership in order to negotiate repairs or price adjustments which reflect the condition of the property. Periodic inspections for properties in your portfolio would ensure the identification of necessary repairs following a long term tenant’s departure, for instance. Tenants sometimes forget to mention repairs and/or abuse the property experienced during their tenancy. Spotting these problems early-on is the key to profitable ownership.
Listing inspections are great for homeowners who aren’t in tune with the conditions of their property. A large amount of sales are canceled due to the buyer’s shock at the condition of the home. The home may look great, yet experience serious technical, safety, or functional issues without anyone’s knowledge. Having the home inspected prior to placing it up for sale is the ideal way to identify and repair or disclose the issues found in the inspection reports. Disclosing items of concern up front and pricing the home based on these items will often times produce a higher net sales price for the owner.
An unbiased, professional evaluation of the physical condition of the property will be provided at the end of your inspection. Our findings and suggestions concerning the needed repairs and maintenance are produced in an easy to understand, computerized report. These reports go in to great detail regarding the maintenance recommendations and how they affect your property. Digital photographs of any issues will also be provided with all inspection reports.
Home buyers can buy a home worry-free when they have it inspected by a participating InterNACHI member. If they’re not happy within the first 90 days after buying it, InterNACHI will buy back the home at full price.
Additionally, InterNACHI protects the privacy of its members’ clients. It doesn't collect identifiable consumer data, so it can't sell it or release it. No names, addresses, phone numbers or email addresses are sold or released to any third party. Visit www.nachi.org/buy-legal for more legal information.
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Although radon is a naturally occurring gas in our environment, it is also the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the US, according to the Surgeon General. Nearly one out of every 15 homes is estimated to have elevated radon levels. The Surgeon general and the environment Protection Agency recommend testing all houses. Millions of Americans have had their homes tested for Radon, and you should too.
Southeastern Wisconsin is known to have elevated levels of radon. The Wisconsin Department of Health has information that shows that 48 of 72 Wisconsin counties report 30% or more of their results have levels of radon greater than or equal to 4 pCi/L. Some of these counties include Brown, Dane, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Waukesha, and Winnebago Counties. If levels of 4pCi/L or more of radon are detected, it is recommended by the EPA to have a radon reduction system installed.
I use a state -of -the -art infrared camera to find problems that aren't always apparent to the naked eye. Am IR camera translates the heat signatures of objects into colors on a gradient scale, with higher temperatures appearing as lighter colors and lower temperatures and wet areas appearing as darker colors.
A Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspection Report is a written report of an inspection on a home for visible and accessible evidence of an infestation or damage by wood destroying organisms. Usually this means subterranean or dry wood termites, but will also cover wood destroying beetles and wood destroying fungi.
A “clear” report means that there was no evidence of wood destroying organisms infestation or damage visible and accessible to the inspector at the time of the inspection. It does NOT mean, however, that the buyer can be absolutely assured that there are no wood destroying organisms infesting the structure or that there is no damage from termites or other wood destroying organisms.
Note*** it is very possible for termite or other WDO damage or infestations to be behind walls or in some other inaccessible location even in structures that receive “clear” reports.
Such an infestation or damage may be hidden (therefore not visible and accessible), or may have been repaired by the seller and therefore not visible and accessible to the pest control inspector.
Tape sampling is the most common technique used to test surfaces for mold during a mold inspection. It provides valuable information. The species of mold, the relative degree of contamination, and the potential for airborne spore production may all be determined by tape sampling. The tape or a slide prepared with adhesive is pressed against a moldy surface in order to collect the sample, which is then sent to a laboratory for analysis. This is a common method of data collection.
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The Domoreport is the second half of the home inspection. It's the most in-depth, easy-to-read report on the house's condition along with a list of repair cost estimates identified from the inspection. It's the information you need to be able to negotiate with confidence - all delivered within 24 hours and with guaranteed satisfaction. Majordomo's cost estimates are based on more than 30 years of research on 20,000 project estimates from 35,000 providers of materials and labor across the US. Every Domoreport is reviewed by an industry expert before it's sent to you.