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What Is A Home Inspection?2017-08-21T20:33:25+00:00

It’s quite simple, really…

A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, designed to identify defects within specific systems within your home usually performed for buyers prior to sale.

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So What Exactly Gets Inspected?

We only inspect what we can see (so your septic, for example, which is underground requires a professional septic company for a proper inspection), nor do we offer solutions. We identify the problems for you and let you know that they’re there.

These systems include:

XYZ Home InspectionThe roof keeps water out of your house. As such, it must be water-tight. An inspection starts with a visual examination of your roof. We note the condition of the covering (shingles are most common, but we have all kinds here in the Hudson Valley), the gutters, and any penetrations such as vents, flashing, chimneys or skylights. These penetrations are often the first source of leaks which can cause thousands of dollars in water damage to your home.
XYZ Home InspectionThe attic is essentially the underside of your roof. This is where any leaks in the roof will be noticeable if there are any. And it’s also where mold is most likely to grow, usually due to lack of ventilation.

Gaining access to the attic is of paramount importance in giving you a complete and thorough inspection, even if only a visual inspection is possible.

XYZ Home InspectionThe Exterior inspection starts with a walk around your property. Are there any trees or bushes touching your house? Is the walkway safe? Does the driveway have major cracks or slope toward the house? Does the siding show signs of failing? Is the deck safe? Do your front steps present a safety concern?

These are all questions we answer. Ultimately, the exterior of your home must keep the elements outside and the warmth inside.

XYZ Home InspectionYour basement is also likely to be a source of water or moisture since it’s in constant contact with the soil around your house and has to battle the elements to keep water out of your living space.

There are several different types of foundation structures and as home inspectors, we’re trained to identify all of them and the usual areas each style tends to have issues with.

XYZ Home InspectionHere in the Northeast, your heating system is obviously incredibly important. It keeps your house warm and you from freezing.

There are many different types of heating systems but they all have several things in common: They all require a fuel source and if that source is combustible, it needs ventilation.

No heating system is inherently better than another, but all can have defects. An inspection will help you identify any issues and who to contact to fix them.

XYZ Home InspectionYour “cooling system” really means “central air conditioning”, which most newer (i.e.: Post-1985) homes have. We’re trained to inspect different aspects of central air conditioning for any problems that could lead to it not performing up to expectations, or even system failure.
XYZ Home InspectionIs your water public or private? Do you have a well and a leech field? Is your water heater working properly? Do your toilets work? Do your sinks leak? Do your hot water heating lines work properly?

Your plumbing must be inspected. It’s one of the largest, most complicated systems in your home and offers the most potential points of failure. A thorough inspection will help identify any places that might need addressing before or after closing.

XYZ Home InspectionYour electric is the lifeline of your home. Without it, we’d be living in the dark. It’s also a system that must be inspected carefully because there’s a potential for danger whenever there’s live current.

We check everything from the service drop, where the line enters your home, to the main electrical panel to the GFI outlets in your bathroom and kitchen. All must be in good order for your safety and security.

Ace Home InspectorsInspections for fireplaces (or wood-burning stoves, or pellet stoves, or any appliance that burns wood) involve checking for loose bricks or stones, operating your damper, and identifying what type of fireplace you have.

Since so much of what comprises a fireplace is literally up the chimney — which can’t be accessed by normal means — we recommend a hands-on inspection (also known as a “Level 2” Inspection) by a qualified chimney sweep.

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There’s a lot to cover here and we check several different aspects of the interior of your home which includes everything from your floors to your ceilings. The most important things to check for are inadequate protection from the elements (such as when the seals around a window are deteriorating) or whether the appropriate safety measures have been taken to make the garage door safe for your family.

Special attention is paid to both the kitchen and bathrooms as they’re essential to the value of your home. There are many things to be checked in these areas. Most notably, leaks are checked for under the sinks and whether outlets are GFCI-protected. Bathrooms are especially prone to mold issues and must be carefully inspected.

What About Radon Testing?

Radon, which has no smell, taste, or color, is a transparent radioactive gas. When the naturally occurring uranium in soil and rocks decays over time, radon gas is released – this process lets off radioactive particles. Since it is a gas, radon enters structures through cracks and/or openings in your foundation. Since it’s radioactive, in higher levels it has the potential to cause cancer to those who are exposed to it over a long enough period of time.

It’s important to note that radon is everywhere. It’s only a danger when the levels are too high and concentrated in your home. This is why, if your house has a basement, it’s worthwhile to have a radon test performed. Houses on slabs don’t really need one, but you can get one if you like just for peace of mind.

Should I get a Pre-Inspection before I put my house on the market?

Sometimes, sellers get a “pre-inspection” to identify any issues they might want to address before putting their house on the market. Since an inspection is confidential, you can use it to identify and address any problems or defects that might affect the sale and/or value of your home as well as help it sell faster and at a higher price.

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