Our Home Inspection Services

A home inspection is a very important piece of the buying process.
Our Inspection Services
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Roof and Attic Structure

The roof can be a major expense and should be evaluated at length. If possible the roof should be walked on and the attic should be entered (even an attic with no stairs leading into it). Moisture problems can not only cause serious roof damage, but can contribute to mold formations which can become a real health concern.

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Exterior Grading and Water Drainage

Water can damage the structure itself, and moist conditions are inviting to wood destroying insects. Moldcan be a healtn issue. Even if standing water isn't noted in the basement, just moisture and typical building materials can cause a mold condition to develop which should be fully evaluated.

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Lead Paint

Older houses may have layers of lead paint. If a lot of peeling paint is noted you may want to have it tested for lead. A main cause of children ingesting lead appears to be from contaminated soil (where the peeling paint has fallen) which gets tracked into the house.

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Interior Structure

Water concerns are a main focus of home inspection. Water building up against the foundation can deteriorate and actually move the walls in extreme conditions. Any part of the wooden structure that is in contact with the ground can also be damaged and should be fully evaluated. The sizing and placement of structural members should also be evaluated as it may relate to any floor or wall movement noted during the interior room inspection.

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Heating and Air Conditioning

The inspector will spend time with you describing how the system works, its age and condition, and any upgrades that would be beneficial. The heating system is relatively inexpensive, but hidden costs for replacement can arise in older systems if asbestos type insulation was used to cover the unit or the heat pipes. If asbestos appears to be present it may be advisable to have an abatement company supply you with an estimate for removal.

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Burried Oil Tank

A hidden and potentially costly item would be a buried oil tank. Even if the current system is not running on oil, a previous one may have. This should be looked into very carefully. The inspector should look for any signs of a tank and consult with the owner if possible. The town should also have records of buried tanks (with any luck) so you should also check town records.

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Plumbing Systems

Plumbing and waste pipes should be evaluated for age and condition wherever they are visible. Older pipes can be costly to replace if they are behind finished walls and floors. The main waste pipe out to the street (or private septic system) can be checked from the inside by a plumber with a camera. The older the house is, the more important this inspection may be.

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Electrical Systems

Electric systems are mostly concealed but can be checked with today's testing equipment. The panel box should be opened and checked for damaged wiring, correct breaker size, and overall condition, material, and age of the wiring. Many safety products have been developed in recent years such as ground fault interrupters that the inspector should also discuss.

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Interior Rooms

Bathrooms will be inspected for loose tiles, poor water pressure, leaking fixtures, and proper placement of electrical fixtures and safety outlets. Interior rooms will be checked for proper heat, electric, window operation, and any floor settlement or movement. The ceilings should also be fully evaluated for any signs of moisture either from bathrooms or the roof above.

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Fireplaces

Fireplaces will be inspected from above and below if possible. This is another area where it may be advisable to have a specialist come in and run a camera inside the flue to really determine its condition.

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Heating and Air Conditioning

The inspector will spend time with you describing how the system works, its age and condition, and any upgrades that would be beneficial. The heating system is relatively inexpensive, but hidden costs for replacement can arise in older systems if asbestos type insulation was used to cover the unit or the heat pipes.

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Kitchen

The kitchen will have all of the appliances, floors,and cabinets checked along with the electrical safety outlets as was done in the bathroom.