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Home inspections can help you buy or sell your home with confidence. As a trained professional I have has seen it all, and will provide invaluable help in turning you into a knowledgeable consumer. Home owners can identify problems in the making and take preventive measures to avoid costly repairs. Sellers can understand conditions the buyer’s inspector may point out and put the property in better selling condition by making repairs. Our inspection services include:

Buyers Inspection

In both new and older homes, the best way to ensure that you are well informed about the strengths and weaknesses of a property is to have a professional home inspection. I am trained to identify problem areas both small and large that may have been overlooked by the previous owners and to identify which require immediate attention. See the Inspection Overview for more details.

Sellers Inspection

Whether you are selling your home on your own or using a Realtor, it’s always a prudent idea to have a professional home inspection. Knowledge is power. All homes have strengths and weaknesses: I help you answer how serious the problems are and which must be immediately addressed and which can wait. The more you know about your home, the more prepared you will be for negotiation. See the Inspection Overview for more details.

Construction Inspectionhome inspector

In a new home, the quality of construction is often not as good as it used to be. It’s a good idea to have the house inspected at the pre-drywall stage. I’ll be able to inspect the framing, plumbing, wiring, ductwork and insulation. Once the drywall is up, most of these systems will not be visible and there will be no way of knowing if they were installed correctly.

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. Some defects will not be obvious to the untrained eye. It is prudent to obtain our home inspectors list of items that will most likely be repaired by your builder at no cost to you. You will be reassured knowing that potential problems were addressed before they grew into something that could cost you a great deal down the road.

Environmental Hazards

My job as your professional home inspector is to alert you, to the extent possible, to unknown problems and potential environmental hazards in your current or potential house.  Ours is a non-invasive visual inspection of your property which can alert you to possible problems. See the Environmental Hazards page for more information.

I'll inspect for these hazards:

Asbestos: Asbestos material that crumbles easily if sawed, scraped, or sanded into a powder is more likely to create a health hazard because it can be inhaled into the lungs, increasing the risk of disease. See Asbestos FAQ.

Termites or other wood-destroying organisms: These pests cause serious damage to wooden structures and posts and can also attack stored food, household furniture, and books. See Termite Facts.

If we find evidence of any of the following we will recommend a reliable subcontractor to perform a thorough analysis of the property:

Lead: Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. In general, the older a home, the more likely it has lead-based paint. See Lead FAQ.

Mold: There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Molds can produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. See Mold FAQ.

Radon: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the U.S. Radon is a threat to health because it tends to collect in homes, sometimes to very high concentrations. See Radon FAQ.