Additional Inspection Services
Shawn Chesney Home Inspections – Additional Inspections
The inspection of chimneys is important to detect problems with the venting system.
Guidelines for building a new commercial structure or an addition to an existing commercial structure are complex. Never buy a commercial property without having it inspected.
ENERGY LOSS AUDITS
Your home uses energy every day, all day long. The average home owner cannot determine where the energy is being lost. An inspector can explain how to use the energy in your home more efficiently and how to prevent energy loss.
FOUR POINT INSPECTIONS
Some home-owner insurance companies require an inspection of the four main systems in a home, including the HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and roof. A four-point Inspection report describes the condition and age of these systems.
Green Certification helps to identify environmentally friendly features to home buyers and help promote environmentally friendly homes for home sellers.
The International Association of Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2) is the non-profit, certifying body for home and building inspectors who have fulfilled certain educational and testing requirements including those in the area of indoor air quality.
INTERNACHI HOME ENERGY REPORT
The Home Energy Report™ gives the home buyer a quick understanding of: how much the home will cost to operate (once they move in), where energy (and, therefore, money) is being wasted in the home; and what can be done to save energy and increase comfort after they move in.
Did you know the following facts about lead?
FACT: Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born.
FACT: Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies.
FACT: You can get lead in your body by breathing or swallowing lead dust, or by eating soil or paint chips containing lead.
FACT: You have many options for reducing lead hazards. In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard.
FACT: Removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family.
If you think your home might have lead hazards, protect your family by having your home inspected.
Log homes may be site-built or pre-cut in a factory for delivery to the site. Log homes have special characteristics and should always be inspected before purchasing.
METHAMPHETAMINE (METH) TESTING
Methamphetamine is an illegally manufactured drug made mostly in home laboratories. Living in a home that was used as a meth lab has serious health consequences.
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees,but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Proper inspection, health risks and prevention should be considered.
MoveInCertified homes have been pre-inspected by InterNACHI certified inspectors and the sellers confirm that there are no major systems in need of immediate repair or replacement and no known safety hazards.
Do you think a new home doesn’t have defects? Think again. Newly constructed homes haven’t been test driven often have more problems than older homes. As part of a builder warranty, the buyer is responsible for inspecting.
POOLS AND SPAS
If your home has a pool, spa, or hot tub, you should have it checked to insure there are no leaks or other safety hazards. Knowledge of your pool will help you know how to keep it in good repair.
Eventually your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways:
-It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party.
-It helps you to price your home realistically.
-It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that …
-Defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
-There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy permit.
-You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
-It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
-It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
-It may relieve prospect’s concerns and suspicions.
-It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
-Alerting you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
-Copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyers.
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. But it still may be a problem in your home. Testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels. If you find that you have high radon levels, there are ways to fix a radon problem.
Septic systems treat and disperse relatively small volumes of waste-water from individual or small numbers of homes and commercial buildings. As a home-owner, you are responsible for maintaining your septic system. Proper septic system inspection and maintenance will help keep your system from failing and will help maintain your investment in your home.
Broken, flat, bellied, offset, or root-infested sewer lines are the leading cause of sewage to back up into a home or commercial building. Sewer back-ups can cause thousands of dollars in property damage and loss of valuable operating time for businesses. Sewer line inspection equipment includes a color electronic video camera with LCD screen, DVD, and SD recording capabilities. It is designed specifically for sewer inspections and digital locating.
STUCCO – EIFS
Stucco is a type of exterior plaster applied as a two-or-three part coating directly onto masonry, or applied over wood or metal lath to a log or wood frame structure. Stucco is found in many forms on historic structures. It frequently goes unnoticed, and is often disguised or used to imitate another material. There have been some problems with stucco and moisture.
Thermal imaging or infra-red camera inspections can provide valuable information regarding moisture, energy loss, roof leaks, electrical overloads and even wood destroying organisms in homes and buildings.
Drinking water quality varies from place to place, depending on the condition of the source water from which it is drawn and the treatment it receives. There is no such thing as naturally pure water. In nature, all water contains some impurities. You should regularly test the water you’re drinking. A clean, constant supply of drinking water is essential to everyone.
Wood destroying insects and other organisms can cause serious problems in the wood structural components of a house and may go undetected for a long period of time. Subterranean termites are the most damaging insects of wood.
WETT (Wood Energy Transfer Technology) is an inspection of the components of wood burning systems, often required by Canadian insurance companies. Our WETT Inspectors are Certified as: a Master Technician, Master System Advisor, Master Sweep, SITE Comprehensive Inspector
WIND MITIGATION INSPECTIONS
Certified wind mitigation inspectors are trained to perform wind mitigation inspections and complete a wind mitigation inspection document for home-owners and insurers.