HOME OWNERS INSPECTIONS
A home inspection is an all-encompassing examination of the condition of a home. The home inspection process is often but not always performed at the time of the sale of the home. A home is one of the most important purchases one will ever make. A home inspection is an inexpensive way to discover the universal condition of a home. It is important to conduct a home inspection to avoid a costly mistake by purchasing a property in need of major repairs.
Pre-listing inspections benefit all parties involved, and they are gaining in popularity. Here are seven benefits to a pre-listing home inspection:
1. Time - Selling agents are given time to help the seller decide what areas to work on to improve the home’s appeal.
2. Options - Sellers can choose who they want to perform the inspection and assist in providing details of equipment maintenance, supply dates of improvements and explanations for current conditions.
3. Flexibility - Sellers gain more time to make repairs and compare bids on work to be done, and can truly provide full disclosure to their potential buyers.
Homes in rural areas often rely upon a well or spring for drinking water. When buying a home without access to a municipal water supply, you should consider having the water flow tested to determine if the water supply will meet the needs of the household. Nothing is more disheartening than running out of water, or buying a home and then discovering that you will need to have a new well drilled. Water Flow and Yield Testing takes some of the guesswork out of that equation. While the test only establishes the reliability of the water supply at the time of testing, it can give a home buyer some indication of the volume of water at hand.
WOOD DESTROYING INSECT INSPECTION
During your Wood-Destroying Organism (WDO) inspection, I will look for indications of infestation of wood-destroying organisms that may exist in the house using a visual-only examination. Here in the northeast, the organisms we need to worry about are carpenter ants, carpenter bees, powder-post beetles, and termites. I will look for evidence and give you a detailed report.
WATER PURITY TESTING
The question of whether or not to have your water tested is a serious one that concerns the health of you and your family. We work with St. Peter's Bender Labratory and our emphasis is on ensuring your water is safe to drink, which is determined through bacterial and chemical testing. Testing for less serious problems such as turbidity, odor and color are part of our effort to establish if your water is acceptable for all household uses.
Moisture meters are used to measure the percentage of water in a given substance. This information can be used to determine if the material is ready for use, unexpectedly wet or dry, or otherwise in need of further inspection. Wood and paper products are very sensitive to their moisture content. Let us help keep your family dry.
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage. Our testing can help keep your family safe.