Now that you’ve picked out your dream home, investing in a Buyer’s Inspection will give you peace of mind. Before completing your purchase, learn more about the home systems and components to ensure they are functioning properly. We will inspect the structure from the roof down to the foundation and nearly everything in between. Likewise, we perform deep dive investigations to identify systems and components that are unsafe or exhibiting deficient performance.
Even if you’ve owned your home for a while, a home inspection can still be of value to you. Do you know how old your furnace, AC or water heater are and how much longer they will last? Are there some areas of regular maintenance that you weren’t aware of and have neglected? Paying for unexpected repairs can put a strain on your finances. An owner’s inspection is a great way to help identify items that you could be budgeting for. Alternatively, you may simply want to ensure everything is in top shape. Afterwards, you can feel more comfortable booking your dream vacation or buying that new set of wheels.
In Ohio, termite inspections are regulated and part of a Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspection. During a WDI inspection, licensed inspectors look for signs of activity of termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees and powderpost beetles. WDI Inspectors must complete mandatory training, pass two exams and complete continuing education to obtain an Ohio WDI license. Often, a WDI inspection is required by your mortgage company before closing. Whether or not your mortgage company requires it, a WDI inspection can provide you with peace of mind.
According to the EPA, Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year.
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas found all over the United States. This gas comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It moves up through the ground and can infiltrate your home through cracks and other joints in the foundation. If testing indicates elevated radon levels, there are several proven methods to reduce radon in your home.
Once you have an offer from a buyer, you have a limited time to correct any issues found during the home inspection. Knowing about problems that might require repair prior to listing will allow you more time to obtain quotes from multiple contractors. This will allow you to make the repairs in a more timely and economical manner. Correcting any concerns upfront may help the selling process proceed smoother and could result in better offers.
Mold & Air
We are trained and certified property inspectors specializing in mold inspection and testing. If you have experienced water damage such as a leak or a flood, or noticed an unpleasant musty odor, we can inspect your home. We will utilize a variety of techniques and technologies to identify the source and severity of the problem. Thermal imaging and moisture meters can identify hidden moisture problems which contribute to mold growth. Samples can be taken with swabs or tape-lift to positively identify the species of mold present.
Air samples can provide valuable information about the Indoor Air Quality. Mold spores are present everywhere and invisible to the naked eye. These spores are not usually a problem. However, active mold growing within the structure and an elevated indoor spore level may be an ill sign. Molds produce allergens and irritants which may trigger allergic hay-fever-type reactions in certain individuals. Air samples are taken both indoors and outdoors to determine if mold spore levels are elevated.
X-ray vision? Not quite. Infrared cameras are not able to see through walls. However, they are able to detect and measure the surface temperature. Consequently, this provides information about what is happening behind the surface.
Thermal imaging, also known as thermography, is useful for finding hidden water leaks or moisture intrusion issues. For example: roof or siding leaks. As a result, you can stop the issue before staining or other damage is visually evident. Water or moisture will show up as a colder area. Afterwards, these areas can be further investigated with a moisture meter to verify.
Thermal Imaging can also be useful in assessing the thermal efficiency of a home. Hot and cold surface temperatures can be used to find air leaks. Likewise, this can help locate missing insulation or find out if doors and windows are inefficient.
Electrical or mechanical equipment problems can also be identified with a thermal camera. Excessive heat can be a sign that equipment is experiencing a problem that should be addressed before it progresses.