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Residential Inspection

Residential Inspection

A residential inspection is a snapshot of property conditions that gives the overall “Big Picture” analysis of the property.

A pre-purchase home inspection is typically initiated by the buyer of a home or property. The home inspection is generally a visual and oftentimes noninvasive examination of a residential property. This type of home inspection generally takes from 3- 4 hours depending on the property size.

A pre-listing home inspection is typically initiated and bought by the seller or the listing real estate agent. A pre-listing home inspection is the same as a pre-purchase home inspection and has the same reporting methods, but the information is provided directly to the seller or agent before the house is listed.

The final inspection report will help reveal the significance of defects, deficiencies, improper building practices, and items that require extensive repair. Full copies of our completed inspection reports are often available the following day via email, website link, or physical copy. We will gladly provide a verbal summary of the inspection before leaving the site if you need the information sooner. Most of your concerns and questions can be addressed before the inspector leaves the site. “When a home inspection report reveals more than a client bargained for and the sale goes into stall mode, it will be the home that ruined it, not the inspector,” Wade Short explains.

Residential inspections often include but are not limited to the following:

What’s generally included?

  • Grounds, Drainage
  • Foundation, Structure
  • Exterior
  • Major Built-in Appliances
  • Roofing, Chimney
  • Attic, Ventilation
  • Crawlspace
  • Interior
  • Plumbing
  • Water Heater
  • Electrical
  • Heating, Cooling
11-Month Home Warranty Inspection

11-Month Home Warranty Inspection

Most builders provide a one-year warranty for new construction. Generally during this period of time, the buyer develops a “punch list” of corrections for the contractor to repair under the warranty coverage. This will allow you to make a claim before the contract expires, saving you a great deal of time and heartache in the process. Allow us to thoroughly check your residence from top to bottom to discover if there are any issues your home warranty would cover.

So how can we help?

We perform a comprehensive warranty inspection during your 11th month of ownership. After the inspection you simply provide our written inspection report to your builder complete with photos and an easy to understand narrative describing the problems that were identified. The builder then is obligated to correct the deficiencies found.

When do I schedule an 11-month inspection?

We recommend double checking your warranty’s expiration date and then scheduling an appointment for 30 days prior to that. A complete inspection can take several hours, which is why we recommend setting aside at least 3-4 hours. Each home we inspect is unique in some way and so are home warranties. Full copies of our completed inspection reports are often available the following day via email, website link, or physical copy.

A standard 11-month builder’s home warranty inspection often includes but is not limited to the following:

What’s generally included?

  • Major Built-in Appliances (if provided by the builder)
  • Attic Joists, Insulation
  • Roof, Soffits, Fascia
  • Heating, Air Conditioning
  • Doors, Windows
  • Exterior Cladding
  • Basement, Foundation, or Crawl Spaces
  • Electrical Panel, Outlets
  • Gutters, Downspouts
  • Walls, Floors, Ceilings (to include the condition of drywall)
  • Plumbing, Plumbing Fixtures
  • Ventilation System
Pre-Delivery Home Inspection

Pre-Delivery Home Inspection

A pre-delivery home inspection (PDI) is often commissioned by the buyer to inspect a newly built home. Usually, a pre-delivery home inspection takes place before closing. This inspection gives you the opportunity to review your home with an objective third party, your inspector.

Since a pre-delivery home inspection takes place before closing, major items may have been overlooked by the builder before the move in date. The home inspector is there to evaluate the integrity of the house and ensure all the major systems in the house have been installed and are functioning correctly. Additionally, the inspection helps to ensure that all terms of the contract have been met and the home has been substantially completed. Any noted defects are added to a punch list for completion prior to closing. Often a second inspection is conducted to ensure that the defects have been corrected. Full copies of our completed inspection reports are often available the following day via email, website link, or physical copy.

A standard pre-delivery home inspection report often includes but is not limited to the following:

What’s generally included?

  • Heating, Air Conditioning
  • Ventilation System
  • Electrical Panel, Outlets
  • Plumbing System, Plumbing Fixtures
  • Basement, Foundation, Crawl Spaces
  • Doors, Windows, Closets, Floors
  • Major Built-in Appliances (if provided by the builder)
  • Interior Finishes
  • Caulking
  • Grading, Sod
  • Exterior Cladding
  • Roof Ventilation
Annual Home Maintenance Inspection

Annual Home Maintenance Inspection

Annual home maintenance inspections will help to keep your home in good condition and prevent it from suffering serious, long-term, and expensive damage from issues that should be addressed. A home maintenance inspection could potentially save on expensive home repairs or issues that may lead to major problems. If you have a persistent problem with your home that you want to get to the bottom of, you want help prioritizing repairs, you’d like to know the overall condition of your house, or you’d like to get an unbiased opinion on home improvements, then it’s time to schedule a home maintenance inspection. Full copies of our completed inspection reports are often available the following day via email, website link, or physical copy.

A standard annual home maintenance inspection often includes but is not limited to the following:

What’s generally included?

  • Roof System, Chimney, Roof Penetrations
  • Gutters, Downspouts
  • Grading, Drainage
  • Walkways, Driveway
  • Garage Doors, Safety Sensors
  • Exterior Cladding
  • Deck, Stoops, Porches, Railings
  • Windows, Doors
  • Attic, Insulation, Ventilation
  • Heating & Cooling Systems
  • Plumbing System
  • Drainage Sump Pump with Accessible Float
  • Electrical System
  • Fireplace Damper Door, Hearth
  • Ceilings, Floors, Walls
  • Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace
  • Gas Leak Check
  • Major Built-in Appliances
  • Potential Safety Hazards
Duplex & Multiplex Inspections

Duplex & Multiplex Inspections

We perform an objective visual examination of the physical structure and major systems from roof to foundation per ASHI “Standards of Practice” (based on accessibility to all areas and units of the property). Our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive report of everything we can see and equip you with the information and knowledge so you can make an educated decision regarding the property condition. Full copies of our completed inspection reports are often available the following day via email, website link, or physical copy.

A standard duplex & multiplex inspection report typically summarizes findings from a visual inspection of the property’s condition, often including but not limited to the following:

What’s generally included?

  • Structure, Insulation, Venting, MoistureFoundation, Beams, Columns, Footings, Floor & Roof Framing, Basement and Crawl Space Environments, Attic, Crawl Space Insulation & Ventilation, Chimneys, Vents
  • Mechanical Systems and Utilities – Electrical Service Entry, Service Panels, Wiring, Outlets, Lighting and Controls, Main Water Service, Piping, Fixtures, Water Pressure, Wastewater Piping, Venting, Natural Gas Distribution and Integrity, Heating System, Cooling System, Distribution and Controls, Water Heating and Distribution, Laundry Connections and Equipment
  • Living Space – Wall, Floor & Ceiling Surfaces, Door Operation, Windows & Hardware, Kitchen Surfaces, Major Built-in Appliances, Bathroom Surfaces, Fixtures & Ventilation, Fireplaces, Staircases, Access to Attic & Crawl Spaces
  • Garages – Exterior Cladding, Roofing Surfaces, Garage Structure, Overhead Door and Operator, Passage Door, Garage Electrical

Exterior Components – Fences, Garden Walls, Paved Walks, Drives & Patios , Retaining Walls, Decks, Terraces, Surface Drainage, Landscaping, Roof, Chimney, Flashings, Valleys, Gutters, Downspouts, Decks, Porches, Balconies, Exterior Cladding, Entries, Windows

Infrared Thermal Imaging Survey

Infrared Thermal Imaging Survey

We include thermal imaging in every home inspection to ensure that there is absolutely nothing that we miss while inspecting your home. Thermal imaging is one of the indispensable tools we use for home inspections and is one of the most important types of inspections we can perform for you and your home.

IR cameras capture the light that exists just outside the visible spectrum. The thermal images that are produced quickly identify defects that may not always be apparent to the naked eye. Thermal images can show surface heat variations conducive to abnormally hot electrical components and connections, areas of moisture from leaks, heat loss and air leakage in the building envelope, areas of insufficient insulations, and structural damage based on apparent temperature differences.

Specialty Services

Specialty Services

Drone Pilot Photography (Coming Soon)
Real Estate Inspection Photography In many instances, a drone inspection will be a visual inspection, with the drone’s camera acting as the inspector’s eyes. Using a drone, visual data is collected and then reviewed in detail later by the inspector (some review is done on the spot, too, but the thorough inspection after data is collected represents the bulk of the visual inspection work).

Commercial & Residential Real Estate Photography

Demonstrate the value of properties with a multitude of aerial angles and views. Give potential buyers a bird’s eye view of your entire property using our high quality drone photographs and videos. “Properties with aerial images are 68% more likely to sell.  And that number is only increasing.” – Real Estate Magazine. Jan 2019

Sewer Line Inspections (Coming Soon)
Home Buyers & Sellers

All buyers should obtain a sewer inspection if the home in question is more than 20 years old. The line might be fairly new compared to homes built before 1950, but it’s fairly common for tree roots to clog it up over 20 years or so. The video inspection (“sewer scoping”) of the residential sewer line is an important, yet often overlooked step in evaluating the overall condition of your current home or potential future residence. Underground and unnoticed, the condition of the lateral (or side-sewer) connecting your residence to the main sewer line is a responsibility unknown to most home owners. A video inspection easily gives a comprehensive diagnosis to determine the health and pipe composition of your sewer line. Sewer scope service typically includes a color DVD recording of the entire process, as well as a written pdf report with photographic stills, providing a comprehensive summary of the findings and elements that may need to be repaired. This information can then be used as a resource and shared with your plumber if repairs are necessary.

Air Quality Testing (Coming Soon)
Often times residents have lived with persistent air quality concerns in their home for months or years before they decide that they need the help of a professional inspector. Occupants in the home may have been suffering from allergies, frequent colds and flus, chronic congestion, or just general lethargy. These issues become the new normal, and we don’t realize that we can feel better until we spend some time outside of the home on a vacation or trip. Suddenly you feel like you can finally breathe, and you begin to wonder if the air quality in your home might be dragging you down. The EPA describes common indoor pollutants that might be present in your home:

  • Biological pollutants, like mold, dander, pollen, dust mites, and bacteria.
  • Chemical pollutants, which include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde, and the other chemical pollutants lead and radon.
  • Combustion pollutants, like carbon monoxide and tobacco smoke (incidentally, VOCs and other chemical pollutants may result from combustion).

Complementary services

Complementary services

Complementary lifetime appliance recall service
Since 1974, American citizens have been protected from dangerous items in their homes by federal law. Congress prescribed a system whereby if a manufacturer designed a dangerous product, they MUST recall all those items and FIX THEM FOR FREE!

HOW THE RECALLCHEK SYSTEM WORKS:

Once registered with RecallChek, just add your model & serial numbers and RecallChek will notify you if there’s ever a recall issued for one of your appliances.
In the event of a potential recall, RecallChek issues a report including:

  • The nature of the recall
  • Where the product was sold
  • How to remedy the defect
  • How to get the item repaired or replaced (in most cases, absolutely FREE)

Home Quest Inspection Services can also record and submit your appliance data to the RecallChek center with the order of a Home Inspection.

Complementary BuildFax property history report
BuildFax helps you understand property condition and history

  • 8 billion data points on more than 80 million U.S. commercial and residential structures
  • Construction history on properties in 8,500+ cities, counties, and townships
  • Remodels, new construction, pools, demolition, and roofs
  • Covering all the trades — mechanical, electrical, plumbing
  • Data points include inspection/contractor history and more

BuildFax provides deep insight into a property, including all details of permitted home improvements and renovations made to the structure. This includes additions, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing updates, roof replacements, renovations, demolitions, and more. In addition to permitted updates, BuildFax property history reports can also show spans of time when updates haven’t occurred (often great indicators of aging systems).

Complementary lifetime access to digital HomeBinder
Home management software that offers specific support and centralized organization for everything related to your home. So what is a home binder, and how can it help the homeowner?

  • Schedule Maintenance Reminders for your homes reoccurring maintenance needs like replacing air filters, and draining sprinkler lines.
  • Store Contractor Information to always remember the handymen who work on your home to know who to call for repairs.
  • Organize Home Projects by storing photos, paint colors, and project costs for easy repairs, and tax deductions at the time of sale.
  • Start a Home Inventory to be prepared for a fire or theft with an easy to update repository that makes insurance and tax claims a breeze.
  • Utilize Your Electronic File Cabinet by uploading important paperwork, reports, and receipts to the cloud for safekeeping, and easy access.
  • Sale Report Preparation for important tax and listing reports to help save you money and more quickly sell your home.
  • Move-In Support to help you move-in to your new home with utility transfers, cable setup, finding a moving company, and more.
Complementary 24-hr turnover repair estimate report
RepairPricer is the industry standard for converting inspection reports into accurate repair estimates during the complex home purchasing process, enabling homebuyers and their realtors to act quickly and confidently during the critical home inspection period. RepairPricer provides you with a concise, detailed report that tells you exactly what you SHOULD be paying for repairs and guarantees to have every pricing report completed within 24 hours of receiving the inspection report.

The RepairPricer Experts manually review EVERY report to make sure it is accurate, realistic, and ready to go. They perform rolling market surveys every day in every US Zip code to get labor and material rates for thousands of different repairs. This data then gets entered into our learning database, along with real-time feedback loops for actual repair jobs from our preferred partners. We pair this information with tax records, permit history, satellite, Google Street View and MLS images, drone flyovers, survey information and more to create an incredibly detailed picture of your home, its features and location.

Their service has been found to be 98 percent accurate when it comes to true repair cost, and this is the reason they are now accepted as the industry standard and are widely used by some of the largest and most successful inspection companies across the country.