A home inspection service is a non-invasive inspection of the system and structure which are accessible. It's the home inspectors job to evaluate the structural integrity and major systems to make sure everything is working together properly or identify areas that need to be watched, replaced, or repaired.
This typically includes:
1. Structural Components
5. Heating/Air Conditioning
8. Doors and Windows
11th Month Warranty Inspection
It is important to learn what's covered within a new home warranty because home builders warranties vary a lot. Sometimes subcontractors are hired to do the job. And due to poor communications, or not having specialized knowledge of new construction, or not having the right tools for the job, the work suffers. Most new homes come with a builders warranty of at least one year. Check with your builder to see what their policy is. Often the builder will repair defects found within the first year depending on the problem
The construction of a house involves many people of various trades all working together and communicating to build your home. A home that has been lived in for years will show the obvious defaults like the garbage disposal drain not being hooked up or undersized wiring. Being a brand new house nothing has been used yet. There is no way tell if everything has been installed correctly. By hiring a home inspector you have someone to go through your new home and test out every door, flush every toilet, sleep in every bed(Ok, not really), run the shower, check that the hot water is not too hot, and so much more!
1. You find out what kind of condition your house is in.
2. You have the ability to make repairs prior to putting the house on the market. With the inspection report in your hands you can decide which items you would like to fix and have the time to perform them.
3. It has the potential to lower your stress levels. It will help with the timing of getting the findings fixed prior to the grace period running out. It will eliminate the fear that the buyer’s inspection report lists a major defect.
1. You will have to pay for the Inspection.
2. You may have to disclose any issues in the inspection. If the report reveals any major defects you might be required to show any potential buyer. Talk to your realtor for more information.
According to the EPA radon gas is a class A carcinogen and is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water in the earth. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation.
Any home can have a radon problem. Nearly 1 in every 15 homes is estimated to have an elevated Radon level (4 pCi/L or more). The higher the home’s radon level the greater the health risk to you and your family. The EPA and the Surgeon General strongly recommend taking further action when the home’s radon test results are 4.0 pCi/L or greater.
You cannot predict radon levels based on state, local or neighborhood measurements. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. If you are buying a home you should know what the indoor radon level is before you settle. Reducing your radon levels can be done easily, effectively and inexpensively.
Termites are known as silent wood destroyers. The two different types of termites, dry-wood and subterranean, can be hard to identify, so it’s best to call in a professional for proper identification. Dry-wood termites are active within wood and above ground, and subterranean termites live underground and travel to other structures from below the ground. If you find damaged wood that sounds hollow when it’s tapped, mud tubes along walls or basements, unexplained cracks in exterior or interior walls, or piles of coarse grain sand, you likely have a termite infestation.